The professional accomplishments of Kenyan Lewis are too many to list with such high profile clients such as Ralph Lauren, GAP, and Bushmills. He was a master at his trade and a pioneer of an signature aesthetic. The most remarkable trait of Kenyan Lewis was his distinctively heartfelt deep laugh.
A laugh can be dismissed as a birth given trait over which us mammals have little control, but Kenyan´s laugh embodied his uncanny positive enthusiasm for life. This enthusiasm was the fodder to a brightly burning passion to collect and share his treasures with others; thus, sharing a piece of his happiness.
Like hoarders, who have found themselves under a room full of purposeless junk, newspapers, and cat carcasses a few years after a traumatic experience like a nasty divorce, collectors often have a reason for collecting that extends beyond simply wanting to acquire "stuff". There were two core motivations behind Kenyan's love of collecting. The first is to Save.
Kenyan looked at antiques and oddities with a similar sentiment as a child to an old dog in an animal shelter. He saved these lonely, often neglected pieces from a destitute life where they could have been discarded or abandoned and brought them into his world of appreciation and beauty. His unparalleled talent at showcasing the the allure of age in an object, a testament to it´s deserving of his spotlight of appreciation, is most likely the result of his giant heart telling his right brain that it better do a great fucking job at glorifying those objects.
The second motivation was to make other people happy. One could always feel the love in Kenyan's work. A constant thread the weaves together Kenyan's collection, and accomplishments, is that the purpose was always to create an warm experience for those around him. Old American flags became tablecloths for Memorial day pig roast. Antique hollywood spotlights were for drunken evenings with friends playing in a field of wildflower as fireflies sparkled in the sky to a soundtrack of Neil Young. While props were his business, they were also an integral part of his desire to make sure that he provided his friends and loved ones with a good time. His collection wasn't simply about using products for interior decorating jobs, or renting "stuff" to a film set. His collection was about curating a playful life surrounded by loving smiling friends, who now, look back on the beautiful times that he created with nothing but gratitude and a realization of how truly special everything that he did was.
Hasbeens & Willbees is honored to present his collection to you.
We miss you, Kenyan.