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Artist Interview

Katie deGuzman and Michael Miller of K/LLER Collection

July 9, 2015


We've had a long-standing love for K/LLER COLLECTION and co-designers Katie deGuzman and Michael Miller. If you've ever been to Ode, you'll know there's never NOT been a mannequin (or few) sporting a K/LLER piece (or few). Not only are these ladies bold, creative, fiery, and effortlessly hot, they are smart and thoughtful entrepreneurs and artists. Grand prize winners of the 2014 CFDA/Lexus Eco-Fashion Challenge, they are responsible in their design, promising that "every piece of K/LLER COLLECTION is made in the U.S.A, and most pieces are handmade in Katie and Michael’s Brooklyn-based studio. The majority of the jewelry is cast of 100% recycled metal and any porcupine quills and horns used are by-products from the farming industry." Meet designer Katie deGuzman on Friday, July 10th, for our "K/LLER, CIDER, SEA" July Trifecta, where she will be showcasing the newest "evolution" of K/LLER, including some limited edition pieces. Marisa Howard of Seaworthy will be there with her wares, along with locally made Artifact Cider Project. 

Best part about summer in the city?
M: Getting to leave the city for the beach! Telling ghost stories around the backyard fire pit, drinking “summer water”(rosé) and playing croquet.
K: Summer dresses, drinking rosé outside, rooftops, Coney Island, out door movies, anything on the water.

Least best part?
M: Driving home Monday morning.
K: The hot stinking street garbage.

Where do you go for wilderness?
M: Hiking with my dog and husband.
K: New Jersey where my parents live, anywhere in California, and outside of Northampton. I Love Chesterfield Gorge!

Where do you go for refinement?
M: I love the Boom Boom Room on top of the Standard.  The interiors are so special.
K: BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music)

Best place to eat in Brooklyn?
M: Zenkichi.  It’s this amazing Japanese restaurant that looks like a maze.  The tables have little curtains to pull so the table is private.  My favorite dessert there is frozen black sesame mousse.
K: I love Roberta’s in Bushwick!

If you could create a collection for a movie…what movie, and what would the collection look like?
M&K: Can we choose a Television show? Game of Thrones (it’s basically a movie anyways) it would consist of oversized thorns, spikes, chainmail, and lots of LEATHER! (Or anything Jon Snow wants.)

Most recent adventure?
M: My husband and I went to Rome and the Amalfi Coast in Italy.  We stayed in an old monastery turned hotel on a cliff in Sorrento.  There was a staircase carved on the side of the cliff to walk down to the sea.  It was breath taking!
K: I went to a wedding in Joshua Tree, California. It is such an amazing, magical place. I’m an East Coast chick so the desert is not something that is a part of my repertoire. I find it really fascinating. Look for inspiration from this trip in our next collection. 

        Accepting the CFDA Lexus Eco-Fashion Challenge Award.                               [Photo credit: BFA]

What rule should you always break?
M&K: Over accessorizing. You can never wear too much jewelry! Pile it on.

Bravest thing you’ve ever done?
M: Move to New York.
K: Quit my last job (which was 5 years ago) that I was miserable at and 5 months later started K/LLER COLLECTION with Michael.

Do you have a secret to staying true to your aesthetic and yet continuing to make new and innovative designs? 
M: The jewelry should always be a little sexy.
K: Anything we design I always ask myself would you wear this and how would it layer with our past collections?  We call our collections evolutions, as they all evolve off each other and never stray to far in aesthetic from the last.

                               "Bird in Space" at the MET...inspiration to Katie and Michael.

Sugar or salt? 
M: Sugar AND salt, please!
K: Sugar or salt? SALT!!!

How’s Rivet? Photos, please!
Oh man, she’s the best little monster. Here’s her at our last photo shoot rocking our Scaled Choker.