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Prepped for Success
Kate Abney | Photo: Jimmy Johnston | January 2, 2013
Parker Kennedy proffers Palm Beach chic with a twist.
As the force behind Atlanta’s most colorful new design brand, Parker Kennedy, proprietors Lance Jackson and David Ecton sure know how to have fun. If the quirky objects they sell don’t give it away, the story of their business beginnings will: Most folks are surprised to learn that this Palm Beach-esque brand is not, in fact, helmed by a woman. Nor is she lazing by the croquet lawn in an argyle sweater, sipping Arnold Palmers. The preppy moniker is actually a reference to a raucous weekend in L.A., when the guys introduced themselves as “Parker Allen” and “Trevor Kennedy” to new acquaintances they met on the trip. Talk about cheeky.
Ecton is a native of Missouri with an MBA in international trade and 14 years of IT expertise under his belt, while Jackson hails from southern Atlanta, graduated from SCAD Savannah and, to this day, serves on the board of the Atlanta campus.
Together, the color-obsessed pair routinely combs Palm Beach for the vintage-chic furnishings, drives them up to their 10,000-square-foot (by-appointment-only) Atlanta showroom and warehouse, restores them like new, and distributes them among shops throughout the Southeast—two in Charlotte, one in Birmingham, one in Memphis and two more in Atlanta: Scott Antique Markets and Peachtree Battle Antiques & Interiors. The results are absolute eye candy—lemon-yellow ceramic urns, divine mink throws and campaign chests renewed in red lacquer.
Perhaps that’s why their fans are so plumb fabulous—think Tory Burch Atlanta brand manager Jeannie Ross, One Kings Lane reps (a sale is in the works) and even CR Laine (which sold Parker Kennedy’s wares fresh from their High Point upholstery showroom this past fall). They adore combining their reworked finds with new, high-end pieces for design clients as well. With a room in this winter’s Cathedral Antiques Show’s inspiration house and a line of reproduction furnishings, signature pillows and more on the way, the Parker Kennedy boys will be in the Ivy Leagues in no time. 1227 Logan Circle, parkerkennedyliving.com