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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.

The aesthetic of K/LLER COLLECTION revolves around their interest in choppers, rusted tools, alchemy, and androgyny. The collection, constructed from an amalgam of oxidized, rough-hewn metals delicately cast over skeletal organic materials, vibes a raw rebellious spirit. The adornments speak of an unapologetically gutsy rebel-yell. Gritty and unfettered yet incredibly chic the pieces are subtly bohemian with a biker-chick aesthetic. Eolithic materials like fish jaws, arrowheads, horns, distressed leather, stalactites, petals, porcupine quills and feathers prove darkly enchanting and unique. K/LLER COLLECTION fuses deconstruction and sculpture, decay and renewal, androgyny and femininity, sophistication and bohemia. It is about the juxtaposition of hard and soft, the dark side clashing with the sweet, and choosing vice over virtue.

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 50 stores worldwide. In February 2013 K/LLER COLLECTION launched at Barney’s CO-OP stores. In October 2014, K/LLER COLLECTION was the grand prize winner of the CFDA/Lexus Eco-Fashion Challenge.

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KATIE DEGUZMAN / MICHAEL MILLER
BROOKLYN, 2011