Lara

Where are you from? I am a born and bred New Yorker. I grew up in Rockland County but now call the Upper West Side home.

What are you doing in NYC? I love New York and consider it to be a huge part of who I am.

What do you love most about working for KT? I love being part of the KT Team and my absolute favorite thing to do is to help customers select the right jewelry for formal events and special occasions. Just bring me pictures of the dress and the sky’s the limit (You can also bring in the dress!). Whether in formal wear or running around in jeans and a t-shirt, you will be your best, most confident self in pieces that make you happy and you are comfortable wearing.

What is your favorite KT piece and why? I am a huge fan of the Seven Way Large Gold Necklace especially the extra long one! It is incredibly versatile and takes any outfit from boring to polished. I am always a fan of the small mixed metal nugget hoops and, of course, our stacking rings.

Katharine

Where are you from? Northern Virginia

What are you doing in NYC? I graduated from a New York college with a degree in theatre performance, and moved to Manhattan to pursue a career in musical theatre. I now call Washington Heights my home 🙂

What do you love most about working for KT? I’m in love with how absolutely gorgeous all of the jewelry is! There is always something new to derive inspiration from. Whenever I work, I like to start off with a blank canvas and let my accessorizing imagination run wild.

What is your favorite KT piece and why? Sapphires are my weakness, and the Leaf Clasp Sapphire Gold Necklace is absolutely devine! I also love our Nat & Nin bags; they are truly spectacular.

Claire

Where are you from? I am from The Netherlands

What are you doing in NYC? New York truly has my heart. I fell in love with this amazing city from the moment I first visited at the age of 13. After flying back and forth to NY for holidays, I did an internship at KT back in 2016/2017. I had such an amazing time here. Leaving NYC and KT after my internship ended felt aweful. I am so grateful for the fact that I was able to come back after I got my BBA in Fashion in The Netherlands. Currently I am back in NYC at KT working on social media strategies, photography and PR.

What do you love most about working for KT? First of all, I am amazed by Katie herself. She works really hard and she (and the team) have been nothing but kind to me from the moment I started working here. Secondly, I’ve always felt appreciated. I came back after a year and everything feels exactly the same. Warm and welcome.

What is your favorite KT piece and why? I am a big fan of all NYC-related jewelry. I especially love the nyc necklace.

Pia

Where are you from? I am from Helsinki, Finland.

What are you doing in NYC? I moved here 3 years ago for an internship and just never left, the city stole my heart. At Ktcollection I’m mostly working with digital marketing and social media. I also have my own digital marketing business in Finland and work with different clients from Helsinki, London and New York.

What do you love most about working for KT? I love our team of amazing powerful women, and during my time here all KTgirls have become my good friends. I also really enjoy working for a small business – every day is different & new ideas can be implemented fast.

What is your favorite KT piece and why? I love everything gold & simple. I never take off my 14k Cubic Zirconia Huggies, the 14k Nugget Gold Chain or my Hammered Stacking Rings.

Vicky

Where are you from? Puebla, Mexico

What are you doing in NYC? I have lived here for many years and it is now my home.

What do you love most about working for KT? I love making the jewelry and designing new pieces. Katie and I work well together. She is good at simple and sleek styles, and I love bringing in the details and adding lots of gemstones. We complement each other. Although I spend most of my time in the studio, and not in the store, I still get to see people walking around the neighborhood with our handmade jewelry, and it makes me feel good.

What is your favorite KT piece and why? I love the mini hoops and I like many of our handmade bracelets.

Lillian

Where are you from? Lexington, VA. I’m a small-town country girl at heart, but I love the thrill of NYC!

What are you doing in NYC? I’m an oboist! I moved to NYC a couple years ago after living and playing in the Santiago Philharmonic (Chile) for eight years. I freelance with different ensembles around NYC and I’m also finishing up my doctorate.

What do you love most about working for KT? Everyone who comes into the store is always happy to be there, and the excitement at finding the perfect gift or personal treat is contagious. One of my favorite things is when we successfully pair jewelry with a specific outfit; that feeling is hard to beat.

What is your favorite KT piece and why? The ring(s)…! All the ladies on our team know that I adore showing off our beautiful ring collection. There’s always a unique piece that speaks to each customer. Come try them on with me!

Joie

Where are you from? Equal parts Harlem and Westchester County.

What are you doing in NYC? Going to NYU for acting.

What do you love most about working for KT? I love being able to work with women, and sell unique pieces, one of a kind pieces. Our friendly, engaging customers make the process a real treat.

What is your favorite KT piece and why? I love the Madonna earrings. They’re underrated, but extremely cool, and hopefully they’ll be making a comeback soon!

Ruthie

Where are you from? I am from Chelsea, Manhattan.

What are you doing in NYC? Obviously I’m biased since I grew up here, but I love it and I think John Updike had it right when he said “the true New Yorker secretly believes that people living anywhere else have to be, in some sense kidding.”

What do you love most about working for KT? I really love jewelry and its ability to complete an outfit, and to make you feel like the most fabulous version of yourself. Along the same lines, I find it really satisfying to help people find the exact piece that does those jobs.

What is your favorite KT piece and why? The medium gold-fill Sneaky Sexy Hoops. I fell in love with these before I started working for KT. I bought them for myself one time when I was supposed to be buying Christmas gifts for someone else, because they were perfect. I needed an every day hoop, and these seemed like a fun update on the traditional hoop. They’re surprisingly light weight, and a flattering teardrop shape. They’re a bold, glamorous size, but it’s made of such a sleek, slim square wire hoop that they’re still subtle enough to wear every day (which is good, because I do).

Amy

Where are you from? I am from Senegal (West Africa).

What are you doing in NYC? I am pursuing my dream on becoming an architect.

What do you love most about working for KT? We love our customers. This is the reason why we make sure they leave with a smile after every visit. Nothing makes me more pleased than seeing happy visitors.

What is your favorite KT piece and why? The moment I started working at KT, I fell in love with the Yellow Chip Earrings. They are are fun and still so chic. That’s what makes them very interesting.

Jasmine

Where are you from? I was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia.

What are you doing in NYC? I’m a senior at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts theatre. I want to work in literary and play development at nonprofit theaters in NY.

What do you love most about working for KT? I love the atmosphere so much. Everyone who works at KT is so kind and thoughtful, which makes me love coming into work each day! I’m always in support of women-owned businesses.

What is your favorite KT piece and why? I love the teardrop gold hoops. I wear them almost every day because they’re light as a feather and so easy to dress up or down.

Dani

Where are you from? New Jersey

What are you doing in NYC? My home is only a path ride away! Growing up, I knew that I wanted to work in NYC for a part of my life. I have been doing just that for almost 8 years, between nannying and working for KTC. Over the past two years, working part time at both jobs has kept me coming to the city that gives me life, while I am pursuing my Teaching Certificate in NJ.

What do you love most about working for KT? I love that there is a piece of jewelry for every occasion or event I need to attend. Mostly, I love the girls who also work for KT! Work is easier when you are doing it with people you genuinely like.

What is your favorite KT piece and why? My favorite piece is, without doubt, the small 7 way. I have owned one since I started working for KT and still wear it at least 3 times a week. It is the perfect piece, as it can be made to fit any outfit. I also have to mention the ring collection and specifically, the stacking rings. I have 6 rings on at all times. KT helps me do this with rings that are simple, but carry presence.

Angela

Where are you from? Lived in a few places in my life but I call San Diego home. I’m a California girl at heart.

What are you doing in NYC? I landed back here after living in Senegal, West Africa & have been working & taking in all this city has to offer ever since.

What do you love most about working for KT? I have a strong creative side, so you’ll see my design work in both the window and store displays for KT. I love the people, the community we are a part of & supporting a small family business.

What is your favorite KT piece and why? I think I have to say the first handmade piece I bought from KT – my Lotus Flower Gold Necklace. Makes me smile. 🙂

Asheea

Where are you from? Bronx, New York

What are you doing in NYC? I studied Fashion Design at FIT for 2 years and have been living and working in NYC since then.

What do you love most about working for KT? I really enjoy working with the other ladies at the shop. We work together to make great connections with customers. This makes the work place exciting, and I think the customers enjoy the positive enviornment!

What is your favorite KT piece and why? Sneaky sexy has my vote for sure! I always love a good hoop, and the teardrop shape is a great touch.

Meilin

Where are you from? San Francisco, California originally and China as of age 13.

What are you doing in NYC? I moved to NYC a year ago to attend a great acting conservatory program in the city. This is my first time living on the East Coast and first time back in the States in 12 years. I’m pursuing my acting and entertainment career here while getting amazing training and meeting wonderful and creative people. So far I’m loving it!

What do you love most about working for KT? The jewels, the jewels, the jewels! I’ve been interested in accessories and especially design for quite a few years now. Having the opportunity to learn about precious metals and gems is a fascinating experience for me. KT and the team are extremely passionate and knowledgable. I feel like I’m constantly learning new things here! Of course getting to try on all of the beautiful things we have isn’t so bad either. 🙂

What is your favorite KT piece and why? My favorite pieces are the Teardrop Gold Earrings and Tiered Circles Gold Necklace. I also love pretty much all of the gemstone rings and the costume jewelry here is great as well!