p.s. today The Pink Zipper is sharing 25 things you didn’t know about me…25 things is a lot of things, and I already overshare a lot, so the list gets a little weird. Check it out.
I have been on the move since I went to boarding school in Connecticut at 14. College in DC, and Austin, a few years in Chicago, time spent in New Orleans, and now back in Houston. The best part of all of those adventures has been meeting, and staying in touch with a diverse group of interesting and talented people over the years.
Katie was a few years younger than me at boarding school, and through the magic of Facebook, I learned of her fabulous line, Three Jane last year. I instantly loved her cheeky chic take on signature items near and dear to the hearts of ’90s kids. We carry her line at Biscuit and cannot keep her “Got a hair thingie?” bangles (designed after the ubiquitous hair ties always on girls wrists) in stock!
More from Katie:
How did you get started designing jewelry?
I’ve been making jewelry since college. I was lucky enough to intern for Rachel Leigh Blumenthal, owner of Rachel Leigh Jewelry, after my sophomore year of college. She taught me how to make a few of her pieces to help with production. It was really cool for me, as a college student, to see things that I made or helped make in places like Henri Bendel on 5th Avenue. Knowing where jewelry was manufactured around the city, I was able to have things made as well post-college, and the experimentation with design started from there.
What first inspired your love for jewelry?
My mother’s closet first inspired my love for jewelry. As a toddler, my parents didn’t need to worry about baby-proofing the apartment in the traditional sense. I was never interested in light sockets or sharp objects, but my mother’s jewelry box had to be locked at all times. If it wasn’t, I made a beeline for it, put on everything necklace she had, applied red lipstick all over my face, and carried as many handbags as my small frame could balance.
I thought more seriously about accessory design as a career choice during college. It sounds a bit corny, but I fell in love with the idea of a true work-life balance during that time.The jewelry designers whom I was lucky enough to work for all had families as well as careers that were fulfilling, and they were able to have one well-blended life instead of having two separate lives that didn’t completely fit. So, I fell in love with the lifestyle as much as I did the design process.
Where do you look for inspiration?
I’m inspired all the time. I find inspiration in common objects (like with the Hair Tie Bangles), maps & travel, parties in the Hamptons to fun color combinations.
What are some signature Three Jane details or designs?
Our signature Three Jane design is the Map Necklace, a customizable piece where customers take any address in the world, and we engrave it onto a 14K gold plate, marking the customer’s location with a small diamond.
What are your everyday jewelry essentials?
Everyday I wear my Map Necklace layered with a piece of Tanzanite my boyfriend brought back for me from Tanzania. I also wear fun stud earrings and a few Hair Tie Bangles.
What are the jewelry items every girl should own?
I think every girl should own pearls, a great pendant, dainty necklaces to layer, fun bangles, stud earrings for day, chandelier earrings for evening, and stackable rings.
What are five adjectives you would use to describe the Three Jane brand?
Adventurous, whimsical, classic, bright, and fun.
And today…Katie has generously offered to give away one of her custom map necklaces to a lucky reader!
Featured in Lucky, New York Magazine, and People StyleWatch, the Three Jane Map Necklace is the “it” gift of the season. You pick the address. We engrave it onto a 14K gold plate, marking your location with a tiny, little diamond. The chain is 18″ and the plate itself is 15.5mm x 26.0mm. Please allow 3 – 4 weeks for delivery. To expedite, please feel free to contact us directly.
To enter follow Three Jane on twitter, and leave a comment here with your twitter handle. For a second entry, tweet the link to the giveaway and leave another comment letting us know. We will announce the winner on Friday!