Katie

Where are you from? Lexington, VA

What are you doing in NYC? I moved to NYC 14 years ago with the intention of staying a few years. Now that we have our flagship store on the UWS, we are here to stay. I got hooked on the energy and rhythm of the city.

What do you love most about working for KT? I feel lucky to be able to be creative everyday and to interact with such interesting people. We love having our store located in a place where we meet tourists from all over the world and also get to know all the UWS locals in the neighborhood. Our collection is such a part of us, and when customers appreciate it, we automatically have a connection. We are first and foremost a family business, and I really appreciate working with my husband Zoubir. We juggle work with taking care of our kids Sophia (9) and Liam (7), who love nothing more than to spend a Saturday morning helping me "work" at the store. The store is a big part of our family and vice-versa, and we feel lucky to be able to surround ourselves with such amazing employees who make the energy of the place so special. And did I mention that seeking inspiration through travel is part of the job? I looove that. 

What is your favorite KT piece and why? The gold square of Pave diamonds 14-Karat Gold Necklace. Diamonds are my birthstone, but I tend to go for more colorful gemstones such as emeralds and sapphires. This necklace is classic with a touch of an edge, and it is such an easy piece to wear daily. 

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.

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! 
 

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!

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 2 years ago for an internship and it was hard leaving New York. I love being here. I felt so lucky finding a great company like KT to work for. Living abroad gives me room to develop and explore new cultures and people. 

What do you love most about working for KT? I really like the team. They gave me such a warm welcome once I arrived. Other than that, there is so much to feel excited about. Every day is different. I work in the digital marketing industry and I think KTcollection is in an interesting place right now and I am curious to see how we can use the digital side for extra support. I am happy to be part of this company. 

What is your favorite KT piece and why? I love the 14 karat thick gold huggies and the ear cuff.

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

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.

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. 

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. :)

NYC Wears KTC

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