On the 4th of July 2003 I attended a beautiful party in Beverly Hills at the home of a friend who was spending some months at her father’s house while on summer break from HBS.
It was at that party where I met Whitney Cummings who was then a recent Penn grad and aspiring actress and comedian. She enthusiastically remarked on my earrings. They were a pair I’d made in jewelry classes at Otis College where I had enrolled in some continuing education classes after moving to LA the year prior.
Several weeks later the mutual friend contacted me, saying that Whitney wanted to do some press about my “jewelry line.” The problem: this was a hobby, not a jewelry line.
My then award-winning web-designer boyfriend was so fatigued by the number of people remarking on (and wanting to purchase) some pieces that he took to Illustrator and Dreamweaver. A brand was born, a beautiful site was built. And Whitney Cummings sent my info to Marlien Rentmeester, the west coast editor of Lucky Magazine. It was 10 years ago that it all launched and soon after that when khW Jewelry was featured in Lucky. The aesthetic has evolved considerably. And the brand has moved from khW Jewelry to simply Kathleen Whitaker. But I remain as grateful now as I was then.
I am grateful for the success the little jewelry business has achieved. For the writers and bloggers who’ve helped to herald it, for the buyers who’ve sought me out to carry it in their stores. For the friends who’ve been so supportive. For the boyfriend who took it from nothing to a business. And I have deep gratitude for Whitney Cummings and her persistence, and for Marlien Rentmeester for helping to put a tiny endeavor on a big stage.
Some months ago Cassie and Lisa, two of the powerhouses behind Gravel & Gold, asked me to embark on a collaboration. We considered several directions (A brooch! A garment! An art piece!) before I settled on staying close to home. Inspired by their (now iconic) boobs-print shirt, bag and pillowcases, we present the golden boob stud earring. Available exclusively at khwjewelry.com and at Gravel & Gold. If we had our way, they’d grace every lobe!
Perfect69 and Assembly New York have organized a beautiful pop-up at SPACE15TWENTY. Kathleen Whitaker jewelry will be on offer along with goods from Rowena Sartin, Kieley Kimmel, Slow and Steady Wins the Race, Martiniano and select other Los Angeles and New York makers. Please come to the opening party Friday, June 7th from 6-9.
Stumbled across this post on Bunch Mag which pours some love on the Foil Earrings. What’s more is that they are tucked in next to wares from pals Beatrice Valenzuela, Perfect69 and Stitch & Hammer. Such good company!
I have the honor and pleasure of now working with Ritz Yagi, an aesthete whose shop — Chariots on Fire — showcases the work of some exceptional jewelry designers. I am delighted to part of her beautiful collection!
CHAY is a beautiful lifestyle shop featuring an eponymous clothing line, and select finds for ” home and hostess.” Alongside Beatrice Valenzuela’s shoes, Tata Harper’s skincare and handcrafted kitchen cutlery by Cut Brooklyn, there is an exclusive collection of Kathleen Whitaker pieces designed in collaboration with owner Chay Wike. All nestled in a space designed by Lauren Soloff, a visit to CHAY promises inspiration. Go now!
Amy Blaustein, “musician, vintage proprietress, and ultra-hip aesthete,” is the co-owner of James Rowland, a shop in Berkeley now carrying Kathleen Whitaker jewelry. Amy dons some KW goods in her Elle.com profile. Take notes from this style muse.
Despite many long and short stays in the motherland, I have never stepped foot on the Isle of Wight. I can only imagine how beautiful it is. Amongst that beauty Kathleen Whitaker jewelry now finds a home and UK debut at Fen and Ned.
The above image is just one of many arresting ones you’ll find on shop-owner Sarah Andersen’s blog.
It is a great pleasure and gift when inspiring, magical, beautiful, artistic, kind people step into your life. Joanne Abellera is one. July brought the opportunity to know her, her husband Guillaume and their daughter Margaux just a little bit. Her line of hand knit sweaters, KKIBO, is simply magnificent. And yet it pales in comparison to her warm, lovely spirit. Expect good things from this artist!