Introducing our MUSE OF THE MONTH, International Art Maven, Lana Jolie Carlson! Join us while she gets up close & personal with HAUTE STREET's New York Contributer, Jessi Jones. Find out why this former pop star shifted her career from music to art. Make sure to have your pen and paper handy as she shares her global playlist and unleashes exclusive insight to up-and-coming artists that should be on your radar
Jessi Jones: Tell us a little bit about yourself and what it was like growing up in Moscow.
Lana Jolie Carlson: My Father was an engineer and we traveled quite a bit throughout my childhood. He came from a very poor family and worked very hard to succeed in business to provide us with a beautiful life. Eventually we moved to Saint-Petersburg where I studied many things, including: theatre, ballet, fashion and eventually earned my degree in music. I also loved making clothing so while I played in several musical groups I also made clothing for boutiques and my band mates. After touring for a few years throughout Europe, I developed a love for Paris and realized my calling was in the art world. I packed up my things and chased my crazy dream. There I attended the University of Paris - Sorbonne where I studied Art, Cultural History and Business Management. Years later I went back to Russia and saw that Moscow had great opportunities and a large contemporary art scene. I currently own and manage two businesses, one in Moscow and the other in Paris.