The 5th annual CFDA/LEXUS Eco-Fashion challenge has handed their $75,000 prize to Brooklyn-based jewelry line K/LLER COLLECTION. The designers are judged on their design credibility, business acumen and eco-commitment. In case you missed the big announcement, take a fresh look at K/LLER.
“K/LLER COLLECTION is the fusion of designers KATIE DEGUZMAN and MICHAEL MILLER.
The creators of K/LLER COLLECTION met in 2000 at Parsons School of Design in New York City, where they studied furniture design. Katie bought a bracelet off Michael to hide a tattoo from her mom and they’ve been friends ever since. After graduating, they progressed into the jewelry industry, and tracked each other throughout their growing careers. Collectively, they have designed jewelry for several private label clients.
Individually, Michael and Katie forged successful careers in the field of design. Michael honed her skills working in furniture, metal restoration, and lighting, while Katie designed for Alexis Bittar, Justin Giunta for Subversive Jewelry, and more. In 2010, they joined forces and formed K/LLER COLLECTION.
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. Their globally recognized brand has been sold in Helmut Lang international flagship stores and is currently carried in over 30 stores worldwide. In February 2013 K/LLER COLLECTION launched at Barney’s CO-OP stores.”