About the Designer
Katie Thompson began stringing stones and playing with silver wire when she was 10. She was soldering and selling to her first home-town Virginia boutique at 14. After years of living abroad, doing editorial work for Travel + Leisure magazine and getting a master's in European politics at NYU, she ended up coming back to what she has always loved and done best--designing and making jewelry. She also loves the hunt. So finding just the right handmade or costume pieces to complement her collection is right up her alley.
Katie mixes metals to create pieces that are classic and easy to wear with just a touch of an edge to make them stand out. Formal studies in silver smithing at Indiana University and 92nd Street Y. Her jewelry is influenced by her travels throughout India, the Middle East, Asia, Europe and South America. Most of all, she is influenced by the New York City streets.
About the jewelry
Handmade line: It is made with sterling and 14-karat gold-filled chains. Pendants are sterling silver and vermeil (sterling silver dipped in gold) unless otherwise noted. Handmade pieces are designed and made in New York City.
Costume line: It is silver plated, gold plated, and brass. Our philosophy is that costume jewelry is fabulous if you want a statement piece that is just plain fun. We do not make or design these pieces. If you plan on getting something that you will wear everyday, invest in one of our handmade pieces made of precious metals for more durability and longevity.
About the company
The story of KTCollection's creation is as organic as the jewelry itself, which infuses classic lines with an urban flair. In 2002, Katie Thompson was working as a junior editor at a glamorous New York magazine.
To keep up with the mercurial fashion scene, she started whipping up necklaces and earrings, using everything from feathers to vintage baubles. Suddenly, editors started eying her creations and asking her to design items for them. And then, the word was out. Boutiques around Manhattan began carrying her work and Katie expanded her tiny stand at an East Village flea market to festivals and holiday boutiques all over the city and now to her flagship store on Columbus Avenue on the Upper West Side. Her distinct style has caught the eye of stars such as Drew Barrymore, Giselle Bundchen, Tori Spelling, and Amy Adams.
KTCollection has evolved into a line with a distinct look, inspired by Manhattan's fashion world as well as Katie's travels. Now that Katie's husband Zoubir is also a full-time employee, KTCollection is officially a family business.
Katie likes to mix New York's edgy street style with timeless gold and silver designs. She hunts down rich stones and brings meaningful pieces from her travels to her line. And because KTCollection sells in locations all over New York city, the jewelry reflects the trends of Manhattan while being amazingly easy to wear. The trends of the season may change, but KTCollection's pieces remain classics, made to last beyond just one season.