JG: Tell me about Seeline.
MKQ: I got the name Seeline from my favorite Nina Simone song, "See-line Woman." I love pretty much everything by Nina, but there was something sort of sultry and strange about this song’s lyrics that got me interested. Turns out it’s an old folk song that some believe originated in the ports of Charleston or New Orleans that describes the call-girls that used to wait in line for sailors as their ships came in. I love the way it describes the womens’ clothes:
See-line woman/ Dressed in green/ Wears silk stockings/ With golden seams/ See-line woman
See-line woman/ Dressed in red/ Make a man lose his head/ See-line woman
JG: Do you think your background working in magazines helped train your eye?
MKQ: One of the most amazing things about working as a magazine editor is the constant exposure you have to new products and designers. I’m sure that was a big factor in the development of my own style. But to be honest, I think I’ve learned just as much from being a reader (and hoarder) of magazines as I have working for them. Next to travel, fashion, art, and design mags are my biggest source of inspiration, and I’m very protective of them. I have boxes and boxes filled with editions that go as far back as 1988.
01. Serge Gainsbourg - Couleur café
02. The Mamas & The Papas - Snowqueen of Texas
03. America - You Can Do Magic
04. Nina Simone - See-Line Woman
05. Minnie Riperton - Inside My Love
06. Escort - Cocaine Blues
07. Al Stewart - Year of the Cat
08. The Supremes - You Keep Me Hangin' On
09. Stan Getz, João Gilberto - The Girl from Ipanema
10. Broken Bells - Holding on For Life
11. Erykah Badu - On & On
12. Eartha Kitt - C'est Si Bon
13. Mark Ronson, Kevin Parker - Daffodils
14. Thin Lizzy - Little Girl In Bloom
15. Nancy Wilson - Never Will I Marry
16. Danger Mouse - Season's Trees
17. Natalie Cole - Pink Caddilac
18. Françoise Hardy - Comment te dire adieu
19. Nancy Sinatra - These Boots Are Made For Walkin'
20. The B-52's - Love Shack