Designer Kitty Danger tells us about her US adventure

Published September 19th, 2012

Once a pin-up, now a jewellery designer, Aussie girl Kitty Danger has lived more lives than a cat and is only a young’in herself. Along with her partner in crime Al Barras, Kitty heads up Danger Danger, a resin accessories label focused on bespoke designs. In addition to her cool creations and equally cool name, Kitty confesses to a love of architecture, art, fashion and an unhealthy obsession with cacti. She recently returned from watching fast cars and baseball games across the USA and lived to tell us the tale.


How many countries have you travelled to?

I’ve been to China, Fiji, Indonesia, Japan, New Zealand and the USA.


If you could narrow it down, what would be your favourite?

That’s tough! It’s hard to compare places that are so different but Japan is amazing because their culture is so incredibly different to ours. New Zealand has the best food, but the U.S is so diverse.


You recently went on a huge American adventure - what was on the itinerary?

Okay, so we stopped in Auckland for a few days (cue copious amounts of delish coffee, cider and food) en route to San Francisco. After hanging out in San Fran we picked up our hire car and somehow made it out of the city without any wrong side of the road mishaps. In fact there was only one near miss in the Walmart carpark in Reno.


Kitty Danger in the USA

Kitty Danger gets her baseball on in New York

From San Fran we headed out to a tiny place on the border of Utah and Nevada called Wendover. Wendover is the closest town to the famous salt flats that the Bonneville Speedway calls home. We spent three days getting salty watching cars and bikes break land speed records (including a 674km/h record!!!).


Then onto Vegas for too many novelty yard glasses of frozen margarita and a trip out to the Hoover Damn and Grand Canyon before we drove down to LA. After a little over a week in the Californian sunshine we jetted off to New York for the last 9 days of the trip.


What was the highlight?

I would probably have to say the salt flats! It’s like nothing I have ever seen or experienced before. Also, attending a Yankees game, the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition at the De Young Museum in San Francisco and the Guggenheim were definite highlights.


Craziest moment?

That are suitable for publication and that I remember? Probably drinking too many $5 margaritas in Hollywood and deciding to form an acapella mime band (it made sense at the time) with the Mexican bartender named Gollo.


Which city would you have liked to have spent more time in?

New York, there is just way too much to see in such a small place! I would have loved to spend more time exploring Brooklyn.


Any favourite purchases?

I bought a fabulous vintage serving tray at Brooklyn Flea and a set of beautiful San Francisco themed prints that I found in Haight-Ashbury.


How would you describe your travel style?

Researching and planning amazing holidays is one of my favourite things. I like to strike a balance between being prepared and being able to just go with the flow when I arrive. I always aim to pack light but it rarely happens.


Where are you planning to travel next?

Europe! So many countries on that list. I just met a girl who has family in Morocco and it also sounds incredible.


Lauren Burvill

Australian born but London based, I'm a sucker for big cities and small tropical islands. When travelling, I like eating like a local, dressing like a local, but staying in 5 star style. Have a travel story to share? Tweet me @laurenburvill.