Get To Know The Editor: Carlee Henderson
Name: Carlee Henderson
Birthday: July 18
Hometown: Flint, Michigan REPRESENT
Years in Denver: 4 in September
Issues to date: 7; 4 in 2016, 2 in 2017, 2 in 2018 (Fall issue to release in October)
What's your definition of being an Editor this day and age?
“I’m a curious person. Everyone is different, and that fascinates me. The way I'm able to connect with people is really special because the trust leads to telling me stuff. The good shit. Things they wouldn’t tell others or even admit to themselves. I think it builds a sense of communal liberation of the self. I also see this role as a responsibility to reach out as much as I can to my community and show a different view on this growing city; the people I meet, the places I visit, the businesses I believe in and respect, the overall natural wonder of the Southwest."
How did you come up with the name "FLORA || FAUNA"?
"The name is a metaphor. Flora means 'the plants of a particular region, habitat, or geological period.' To me, I see it as growth in my city, expanding my mind and networking in the local Denver community. Fauna means 'all of the animal life of any particular region or time.' The city's energy is intoxicating. I look to capture the liveliness of present day. Both words work together literally in life and figuratively as my blazon of gratitude."
Tell me about your writing style:
“When I’m interviewing people, I tend to lean toward the real. I like seeing what’s beyond the veil and really dig into people’s thoughts. It’s a mutually therapeutic process. I’m probably happiest when I’m putting text and photography together in each article. Photography is just as important to me. I’ve been blogging for a decade and love the visual side of the interview just as much as the interview itself. ”
How did you expand your zine from just you to 15 women?
"Great question. It's been the most humbling experience. I guess you can say, "If you build it, 'they' will come." The zine is a platform for women to build their portfolio, get involved in their community, and party. Sure, networking; that's a given. But I also wanted to have a reason to throw a kickass party that people get hyped to get dressed up for and have a great time celebrating something different."
What are some of your proudest moments since moving to Denver?
"Starting the zine. Just starting it. Not knowing where it would take me or who I'd meet in the process, but having the courage to put my creative work out into the world. I also worked for Mercantile dining and provision for 2+ years, a James Beard award-winning restaurant, so that's pretty amazing to me. Finally, I was featured alongside some of my team members in the July 2018 issue of Cherry Creek Lifestyle magazine which was an incredible honor as they have a 15K distribution following in the Denver metro area."
Views on fashion?
"Fashion is very important and relevant to me. It's an unspoken way of communication in society to express oneself. In university, instead of going out with friends, I'd sit in my room and watch haute couture runway shows. John Galliano and Alexander McQueen changed everything I thought about fashion, art, even history. I'm also very inspired by Parisian street style. I feel I have a personal street style uniform: sleeveless tops, skinny jeans, Gucci loafers, mules or black boots, gold minimal jewelry. Overall, I prefer quality over quantity: good denim, linen, and leather. **Oh, and everything Alessandro Michele is doing for Gucci right now is mind-altering.
"Rock and roll. (Shout out to my hometown hero and fellow Cancerian Jack White.)"
RAPID FIRE: CURRENT DENVER FAVORITES
Bars: "Pon Pon, Death & Co., Middleman, American Bonded, Tooey's off Colfax (2 blocks from my home), Hi Dive, Hudson Hill, Tatarian, Odd 13 Brewery (Lafayette; fun fact: my family's business)."
Restaurants: "The Way Back, Mercantile dining & provision, Cart Driver (their late night happy hour is the best happy hour in town), The Populist, and Snarfs (let's be honest)."
Instagrammers: "Kate Kirkwood @katekirkwood, Sierra Voss @sierravossphotography, Alexander Ablola @alexander.ablola, Alyson Khan @_alysone, and currently obsessed with @lefawnhawk (LA-based)."
Musicians: "Casey James Prestwood and The Burning Angels, Last of the Easy Riders, Slynger, The Kinky Fingers, Kyle Emerson, The Still Tide, RUMTUM, Palo Santo, The Velveteers."
Businesses: "The Ramble Hotel, Modern Nomad, Goldmine Vintage, AILLEA Beauty, Rule Gallery, Sub Rosa Mercantile, Midnight Rambler Boutique, K Contemporary, Ten Penny Store, Denver Botanic Gardens."
Photographers: "Ash Taylor, Danielle Webster, Alexandré Brexa Hooson, Jordyn Timpson."