Dressed in the New York City uniform of all black, I was greeted by Kingsley Lynch ’03, who showed me around an entire floor filled with fabrics and textiles. Lynch is an associate at Claremont Furnishing, which is based in London, NYC, and LA, and provides old-fashioned, hand-cut fabrics to decorators and designers. Lynch started her career in fashion at Vineyard Vines when the company was based in a warehouse and made up only of 12 employees. She then moved on to J. Crew, followed by the boutique chain J. McLaughlin, and received her degree at Parsons School of Design. Lynch also wored as a buyer for St. Louis-based Soft Surroundings. Lynch explained that she chose to move to interior design because ultimately, it’s all the same; knowing what looks good together and how colors and patterns compliment each other are elements of both practices. She says, “you have to have the eye for colors, patterns, and textures.” She pulled down swatches of patterns from high stacks of fabrics and somehow matched the perfect combinations, showing for example, how she would mix a floral with a print.
Lynch is one of several in her family who have attended Trinity College. She currently has a brother Alex, Class of ’15, on campus and succeeded two sisters, May and Sally. She described a yearning for home when she first arrived on campus, but said the Tennis team helped her through. Lynch was a member of Tri Delt and went abroad to Florence, Italy in her junior year. She describes the campus saying, “I absolutely loved the coziness of it right away!” Lynch has a real desire for giving back to Trinity. She reflects, “I think mentoring with careers is so important.” This young alum just hit her stride in her own career and looks forward to perfecting the art and the eye of interior design.