Essential Woman: Rupi Kaur

Essential Woman: Rupi Kaur

Rupi Kaur

Bestselling Poet, Illustrator, Author and Endless Source of Inspiration

Rupi Kaur

Bestselling Poet, Illustrator, Author and Endless Source of Inspiration
Rupi Kaur’s poetry, illustration, prose and performances embody our ethos of fewer, better. Through her spare and meticulously chosen words, this Indian-born, Toronto-based writer and illustrator explores themes including love, loss, trauma, healing, femininity, migration and revolution. Rupi’s debut collection, milk and honey, published in 2014, has spent more than three years on The New York Times’ bestseller list and has been translated into 42 languages. Her second book, the sun and her flowers, was published in 2017 to equal acclaim. Rupi's work is written exclusively in lowercase to honour her mother tongue, Punjabi. Punjabi is written in the Gurmukhi script, which contains no uppercase letters and no punctuation, other than the period.
Not surprisingly, this writer of moving, fluid prose is drawn to Cuyana’s free-flowing silhouettes, particularly that of our new Linen Tie-Back Dress. Wearing this high-spirited style, she answered our questions about her work, its relationship to fewer, better and how women can use their words as a tool for empowerment.
As a writer and artist, what are your essential tools?

I always need to be in a relaxed place in order to begin writing, so a cup of tea, though very cliché, helps me to unwind. Then, I have this black journal I write in, always the same one. I have multiple pens in multiple colors by my desk; I collect stationery and supplies like it’s my full time job. And then I have my laptop, of course. My journal is where I write the poems. And then I transfer them onto a laptop for editing.

Who are the Essential Women in your life?

My mom, my sisters, and all of the incredible women around me – friends, the strong women I work with. They’re the essential women in my life because they are living their lives boldly and they support and build each other up.
"The essential women in my life live their lives boldly and they support and build each other up."
How does fewer, better relate to your approach to your writing and your life?

This ethos relates heavily with my writing. A part of my writing style is being very thoughtful in the words that I choose to use, and to not over saturate a poem by adding unnecessary words. Each word I use has to push the message of the poem forward, if there are any extra words just hanging about, they have to go. I free write the first draft, and then begin to carve away at it so I can arrive at the core of what I’m trying to say. That’s what I want to give my readers. The core. Without the added drama.
Our high-spirited approach to spring is reflected in vibrant and bold pieces. How do you express your boldness of spirit?

To me, having high spirits means having the courage and the strength to say the things that you feel and the things you are going through...and standing by your truth and moving resiliently through the world. My poetry is a place where I give myself permission to always be bold and raw – to explore difficult topics but also reach a place of optimism.

What colors and shapes make you feel most like yourself?

This dress! It is the perfect reflection of what I like to wear and how I like to feel on a daily basis. I am drawn to earth tones because I feel they are very raw and natural and I like anything that has that very organic feel. But I also enjoy spice rack colours: rust, olive green and mustard. In terms of shapes, I like circles and any fun abstract shapes.
You have such a dynamic presence on social media. How do you think women can best use their words to empower themselves?

The things you do, and the things you share, impact people. It’s so important to be mindful of that, especially when you’re running a business or have a large platform, because what we share can either empower or disempower people. And practicing kindness. I feel we can always use more of that in our world.
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Linen Tie-Back Dress

$275
Sand
sand
  • mango
  • sand
  • black

Linen Tie-Back Dress

$275
Sand
black
  • mango
  • sand
  • black

Linen Tie-Back Dress

$275
Silk Slip Dress
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Silk Slip Dress

$260
Silk Slip Dress
black
  • passion fruit
  • blood orange
  • navy
  • black
  • forest

Silk Slip Dress

$260
Silk Asymmetrical Skirt
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Silk Asymmetrical Skirt

$185