Holly Lester, Bentley’s textile specialist, is a big believer in the benefits of creative expression – and she has numerous outlets for it that feed her appreciation of textiles and design. We asked Holly to tell us more: about what inspires her, how she connects her profession with her passions, and why she finds herself “so lucky” to love what she does.
Inspiration isn’t a scientific process; it’s seated in personal perspective. And often, it’s found in unexpected places. Bentley’s product designers are a testament to this; the inspirations behind our carpet styles are as diverse – and as interesting – as they are. A cross-country drive provided the vision for New Bohemian. Hidden, forgotten and reinvented places in and around L.A. gave (los)t angeles its grit meets glamour vibe.
Say hello to Libby Cook, Bentley’s Director of Product Development Operations, otherwise known as our Trendcaster. With a textile design education and background, Libby worked for various West Coast interiors and garment fabric companies for a few years before transitioning to the carpet industry in the late 1980s.
This story begins with a New York hotel room key. Actress and singer/songwriter, Caitlin Crosby, started wearing the hotel key as a necklace while on tour and had the idea to start engraving old, used keys with inspirational words. Realizing that, in a way, we are all like these keys – unique, flawed, scarred, and sometimes discarded by others – she wanted these keys to have their purpose renewed over and over again.