About Us - Dear Keaton

Our Story

Dear Keaton is a lifestyle brand that promotes resort living every day. Founders Christie Shepard and Chris Hutcheson have a shared passion for travel, living with intention and great design. The duo, former execs in the home textiles industry, envisioned an online marketplace with a highly curated selection of home furnishings, gifts, apparel and accessories which channels the relaxed vibe of some of the most beautiful resorts around the world. Dear Keaton was created for those who have traveling spirits or simply dream of wondrous destinations. Many of Dear Keaton’s globally sourced products are artisan made, sustainable and fair trade. Be inspired to fill your life with more meaningful wares to reflect your individual personality and create a well traveled home.

Christie Shepard

Christie inherited her love of travel from her mother, whose airline career allowed for impromptu jaunts to interesting global destinations. Passionate about fashion and home decor at a very young age, Christie learned to sew before her teen years and has been making pretty things ever since. Armed with an undergrad degree in Textiles and an MBA in Marketing, Christie’s career has spanned working in the NY fashion industry, retail buying, launching an upstart beauty brand and overseeing the marketing strategy of an established home textile company. Currently living in Atlanta with her tiny dog, Milly, Christie enjoys yoga retreats, seaside escapes and home improvement projects.

Chris Hutcheson

Chris was practically born with a suitcase in one hand and a map in the other. Growing up as a military child, the experience of being surrounded by different cultures honed her appreciation for the story and history behind artisan goods. A believer in the value of  fair trade and global artisanal communities, Chris is passionate about partnering with these unique small business owners. Her broad executive experience ranges from the telecom, manufacturing, home decor and textile industries. She holds degrees in Business Management, Residential Design and an MBA in Marketing. Chris resides in Atlanta with her husband and their two English Cocker Spaniels. She is a self-professed collector of experiences and enjoys frequent getaways.

Why the Name?

The name Dear Keaton is reminiscent of the time-honored practice of penning postcards to loved ones while traveling. A nostalgic nod to the past, when travelers shared the sights, sounds and senses of distant locations with those back home with a quick hand written note. A simple “wish you were here” which momentarily transports the reader to another place. Dear Keaton is our personal postcard to you, sharing the latest trends in global home decor and resort wear. Explore the Dear Keaton collection of unique rugs, lamps and accent tables mixed with chic tunics, jewelry and tote bags.

We Believe

in handwritten notes and lovely gift wrap one size shopping doesn’t fit all in surrounding
ourselves with things we love everyday luxuries are a must in making a positive impact
on the world around us vacation vibes should never end

© Dear Keaton 2021
Design by Rowan Made & development by Janine Isabelle