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. 

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. :)

April

Where are you from? The sunshine state! Jacksonville, Florida.

What are you doing in NYC? I moved to NYC after finishing my Master's program. I was drawn to the city as a hub of innovation.

What do you love most about working for KT? I love how the rhythm of the city shows in the jewelry pieces. The team is made up of amazing artists and designers; each person has something cool happening, and we're all brought together by jewelry.

What is your favorite KT piece and why? I love the adjustable gold ring because each one is unique. Another favorite of mine is the hematite cluster and rose gold earrings. Finally, our bags

Daphne

Where are you from? I am from The Netherlands, a small country in Europe.

What are you doing in NYC? I am here for an internship. I am studying International Business and Management at the Rotterdam Business University in The Netherlands. I am now in my third year of college and needed to do an international internship. So I looked around and found KTcollection. It is perfect for my internship. I get the change to try all different kind of tasks and see what fits me best, since it is a small company,

What do you love most about working for KT? The thing I love the most is the variety. Every workday is so different!  I also love the fact that Katie really embraces your skills. She makes sure that everyone works at what they are best in.

What is your favorite KT piece and why? I love everything simple! However once in a while I love a good statement earring. I also really love stacking a lot of different rings or layering a bunch of simple necklaces! 

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.

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!

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

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