BALEARIC BEAUTY – RENU KASHYAP
We step into the shoes of a successful island stylist balancing motherhood, a production company and creating a coffee table book about Ibiza.
Renu Kashyap first arrived in Ibiza in 2012, seeking solace in the northern countryside of Ibiza to break a pattern of work life imbalance she had fallen into in Amsterdam as a fashion magazine director. Inspired by the island’s lifestyle, freedom and bohemian beauty, she knew life could be lived at a much more laidback pace, and so she, her husband Bas and baby daughter Skye made the decision to call Ibiza home.
Fast forward to today and Renu balances multiple responsibilities – from motherhood (Skye is now six years old, chirping away in four languages) and her work as a stylist for international glossy magazines, to running a production agency, Caramba Productions and working as a personal stylist with high-end boutique hotels. On top of this, she’s also in the middle of creating an all-new coffee table book about Ibiza – the ‘dream come true’ job she had been conceptualising for the past two years.
To an outsider, it looks like she has a lot on her plate. But in Ibiza, Renu is no longer the workaholic she was in Amsterdam. While she’s extremely passionate about everything she juggles, she completely understands the value of ‘me’ time, cherishing family time and time spent with friends out and about amongst nature. There’s no stress. “I do feel a responsibility to the island with this book,” she admits. “I’ve got to make sure it feels real.”
As yet untitled, the photography-based book is slated to be released in April 2017 by high end publishing house Assouline, and features a collection of the island’s most authentic personalities, characters and style setters. “But it’s not just about the style of the people, or the style of the island,” explains Renu. “It’s about capturing emotion. Authenticity. The images should touch you.”
Scouting locations and meeting stylish people has become part of daily life for Renu – in a much different way to her city life – as she is exposed to people from all walks of life. From the bohemian to the jet set, the one thing they have in common is a free spirit. Fun, freedom and love are themes that run throughout.
Renu’s own style is a mixture of the 1970’s bohemia she fell in love with during her teenage years (found in her mother’s wardrobe), and a crisp monochrome Parisian chic she has perfected more recently. “I don’t really follow trends – I think I have my own signature now.”
Skye too, is a mini-fashionista – with a stylist for a mother, she had very little choice! “Skye is a mini me. I like putting my own mini dresses on her, so they become long dresses, and sharing my coral and turquoise shell necklaces with her.” It’s clear island life suits both mama and daughter, as they glow with happiness and their bond is apparent.