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Who’s That Designer? Kristin Norris & Trevor Lunn for Anthropologie


Living room design by Anthropologie
An Anthropologie room design inspiration | Photo Credit

Whether I’m on a buying spree or just window shopping, I always make a point to stop at the nearest Anthropologie – and not just for the beautiful clothes. Each artful store display makes me wish my apartment looked exactly the same – mannequins and all!

And who would have thought this marriage of store design and clothing design is all thanks to another – more literal – type of marriage? Executive Creative Director Kristin Norris and her husband, Creative Director Trevor Lunn, are the creative minds responsible for Anthropologie’s store AND clothing designs – pretty impressive, right? Keep reading to learn more about this innovative pair and see an outfit inspired by Anthropologie!

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10 Fun Facts About Executive Creative Director Kristin Norris & Creative Director Trevor Lunn

Anthropologie hooded rain jackets
A rainy-day Anthropologie Look | Photo Credit

  • Kristin began working at Anthropologie when the company opened their first store in Wayne, Pennsylvania in October of 1992. She found the job from a want ad in the newspaper!
  • Speaking of a different time… Kristin said that when the first Anthropologie store opened, it had a cafe inside, and women often spent hours there shopping and socializing with friends. “…that was a time before there were Starbucks on every corner. Shopping wasn’t considered entertainment then. People still found jobs through want ads in the newspaper. People didn’t have cell phones…it was a totally different world,” she said.
  • Her husband, Scotland-born Trevor Lunn, began working for the company in 2005 – he’s responsible for the brand’s overall look.
  • Trevor describes Anthropologie’s customer as “an individual. She loves fashion but she isn’t a slave to it. She won’t wear something just because everyone else is; she adapts it to suit her unique look.”
  • Trevor and his team are constantly searching for pieces that give the store its unique, global and vintage-inspired aesthetic. “I don’t think anyone pays as much attention to detail as our designers, right down to the choice of buttons and the label inside the garment,” said Trevor.
  • Kristin pays just as much attention to the store’s layout and design as Trevor does to the brand’s aesthetic. “We want the customer to come into the store and exhale, to come in and be comfortable in the space.”
  • Each store is arranged into “vignettes” that put all of the products into a “homey context”. Each section is arranged so the customer can “decompress, as you do in your own home,” said Norris.
  • That cool apartment feel you get from the store? It can be hard to achieve in such a large space! Norris said that some stores can be upwards of 10,00 square feet, others even bigger. She tries to stick with spaces closer to 6,000 or 7,000 square feet to offer a sense of intimacy.
  • Kristin and Trevor have two children together, Magnus and Imogen, and live on a ranch in a village on the edge of Philadelphia that has been used multiple times for Anthropologie photo shoots. “Because we live and work together, we are always talking about work. It’s great because we’re on the same page, but when you do a job you love, you have to consciously switch off and make sure you give enough time to your family,” said Lunn.
  • Have you checked out Anthropologist yet? Lunn’s strictly creative endeavor allows customers to experience the “branding of the company” and shows both new and existing customers the brand’s essence. (Check it out here!)

A Look Inspired by Kristin Norris, Trevor Lunn and Anthropologie

Outfit inspired by Anthropologie
Clutch, Sweater, Socks, Boots, Skirt, Bracelets

When you grow up anywhere in the northern states, dressing cute in chilly weather is a yearly challenge. Instead of rocking the same jeans/sweatshirt/furry boots combo this fall, why not try something different? This maxi-skirt and sweater outfit is just as comfy cozy as your old basics, and paired with a pair of thick cable knit socks (and tights underneath), it’s just as warm! Throw on a jacket, pair of cute boots, some bangles and a clutch and you’ve got a cold weather outfit sure to last through winter.

What Do You Think of Anthropologie?

Is Anthropologie’s vintage-bohemme vibe for you? Do you love the store’s design and layout as much as we do? Tell us about it! Is there another store you’re dying to hear about? Leave us a comment and we’ll cover it!

Posted on on November 11, 2011 / Filed Under: Fashion News / Tags: , , , ,

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14 Responses to “Who’s That Designer? Kristin Norris & Trevor Lunn for Anthropologie”

  1. 1
    November 11th, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    Oh Anthro, Be still my heart. I absolutely adore Anthroplogie’s clothes and the homey, rustic feel of their stores. Mostly I go in to browse because the clothes is too expensive for my poor college student budget, but I love getting inspiration from it. If I could, most of my wardrobe would be from here. Love, love, love!

  2. 2
    November 11th, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    I’ve heard of Anthropologie, but haven’t ever checked them out before! Honestly, I no idea what Anthro was! I thot it was sort of therapy used by physactricts (spl?) or something. LOL I’m so dumb!! haha

    Anyhoo, LOVE the outfit inspiration. I will deff have to check them out! Do they have an online store, too??? Thanks! :D

  3. 3
    November 11th, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    Like the clothes/designs but I could find actual vintage things in a thrift store that are like 1/5th of the price that they sell for in Anthropologie.

  4. 4
    November 11th, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    Oh ya, I was gonna come back and comment. I TOTALLY agree with Stephanie: I went to their website, and I would probably never be able to afford their prices. But anyways, I still really liked their stuff. A lot of the dresses were quite modest, which is very rare to see these days. :)

  5. 5
    November 11th, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    I love Anthropologie! They’re one of my frequent stops for online browsing. Sadly, at this point they’re out of my price range…

  6. 6
    November 11th, 2011 at 11:28 pm

    I too really like browsing their style, it’s fun for inspiration! But I love the bracelets in your outfit, from H&M. Must get!!!

  7. 7
    November 11th, 2011 at 11:34 pm

    Oh, I actually have a question about the bracelets. Are they only available on the Britain website??

  8. 8
    November 12th, 2011 at 12:16 am

    anthro is definitely my favorite store. i usually buy from the sale section though because the regular price can be high.

  9. 9
    November 28th, 2011 at 10:09 am

    Norris was working at Anthropologie long before her husband. I believe Trevor was working small jobs on his own and doing a very tepid job as a program coordinator for a local college. When he quit, his wife set him up with a job at Urban Outfitters, which he has eventually parlayed into a second-banana post; taking credit for his team’s innovations, and basically employed through nepotism.

  10. 10
    December 2nd, 2011 at 9:04 pm

    Jorge, it is unfair to say that Trevor is only employed through his wife. I have studied under him, and he has real grasp and knowledge of design.

    Granted, he was so difficult to work with that he quit before he could be fired, but a terrible professor became a good director. Everyone got something positive from this transition.

  11. 11
    December 14th, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    Knowing Trevor, he is simply posturing and letting real designers do the work; while he gives his approval. He is a one trick pony; spewing elements out on a physical or digital easel. Not impressive. (added by Mobile using Mippin)

  12. 12
    June 13th, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    Ryan & Jorge you must have worked with Trevor to know him so well. I know him very well and you’re correct, he was a bad lecturer who nearly got fired, then through his wife got job at Anthropologie and since then has employed talented people to do the work for him whilst he takes all the credit. He has no idea about fashion and even less about design, plus he’s a terrible manager and a dreadful people person, maybe one day he’ll stop working for his wife and his inexperience will be exposed.

    And Kyle you’re wrong HE DID get the job because of his wife, how else would a guy with no experience in this particular field become CD of Anthropologie? Oh yes because his wife is his boss.

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