majestic disorder is a thought provoking online publication that documents and features individuals who possess an enchanting and empowering form of personal style. We explore and discover the personal stories behind people and their unique and sometimes bizarre inspirations. Through the use of writing, photography and video, we examine the habits, closets, collections, apartments, travels, histories, disorders, personal styles, and creativity behind these fascinating and universally interesting individuals. We pick the brains of the intriguing and truly inspiring and get to the foundation of the creativity that fires their hearts and souls.
Kelley is a freelance journalist and photographer from Chicago currently living in London, England. Shortly after beginning her college career at Carthage College in Wisconsin, majoring in political science and English literature, she returned to the godforsaken Windy City to finish her studies. Always interested in politics and human rights, Kelley spent the 2011 summer traveling across Kenya and living and working for an NGO in Tanzania. Kelley has been a contributing writer and photographer to numerous print and online publications including Glamour, Key This Week In Chicago, Time Out Chicago, Refinery29, India Bulletin, Zaden Row and The Twenty Life. When she is not traveling, writing, or making friends with her neighborhood baristas, she enjoys spending time with her sassy oddball friends, snapping Polaroids, collecting owl figurines, reading, seeking out vintage finds, and exploring new restaurants and places throughout London. Chances are if you can’t get a hold of this vino loving coffee addict, she’s skipped town and gone off the grid.
Co-Founder, Executive Editor
Sean is an award winning investigative reporter and video journalist from Chicago living in London, England. His entry into journalism couldn’t have been more poignant or inspiring depending on your point of view. In 2008 the financial collapse from Wall Street just started while newspapers across America were already in dire straits. That year, Sean began his journey at Columbia College Chicago during which time the Tribune Company filed for bankruptcy and America mourned the last printed editions of famed dailies like Rocky Mountain News and Seattle Post Intelligencer. Despite print journalism’s foreboding position, Sean graduated in 2010 earning local and national awards for investigative reporting on the fraud, waste and abuse of the Illinois General Assembly scholarship program. Thereafter he started his career at Journal & Topics Newspapers covering news and prep sports. He heralded the online edition by producing cinematic videos as multimedia supplements. His work was later awarded third place by Illinois Press Association. Today, journalism is still evolving and Sean is amongst those building the bridge between traditional and contemporary ways of delivering news.
OUR STORY BEHIND THE IDEA
After spending the summer of 2010 backpacking and Couchsurfing across Europe, Kelley felt inspired and driven to create majestic disorder. Through Couchsurfing Kelley was exposed to the intimate and private lives of complete strangers and invited into their personal spaces and worlds. Invited as an unfamiliar guest traveling and passing through, Kelley left each house and city with a deeper understanding of the inspirations and passions that lay within each individual. The intimate settings of these houses, bedrooms, and closets challenged her to look at personal style from a whole new wider perspective. Kelley felt compelled to document and share similar inspiring souls and their stories as she came across them. majestic disorder grew out of her love for human creativity, diverse cultures, literature, and above all, the freedom of expression. Here at majestic disorder we challenge you to look deeper within yourselves and reflect on the path of inspiration that led you to where you are today.