Brooklyn based Katie Kiechel, an Ohio native, comes from a generation of women in design: her grandmother was a fashion designer in the 40’s and her mother in the 80’s. Kiechel grew up around the cutting and sewing tables of her mother’s busy atelier.
Kiechel’s early education took her to Paris where she studied at La Sorbonne, Spéos Institute of Photography, and Parsons Paris. Kiechel moved back stateside and soon after graduating Skidmore College with a BA in French Literature and minor in Fine Arts, she followed her instinct for the arts and design and moved to New York City where she cultivated her own inclination to create.
Kichel’s first position in New York City was working for French lighting designer Hervé Descottes of L’Observatoire where she soaked up the entrepreneurial spirit and creative energy of Descottes work with architects and designers such as Steven Holl, Stephan Jaklitsch, Zaha Hadid, Jean Nouvel and André Putnam.
Kiechel then landed successive positions as Senior Accessories Designer at Club Monaco, Design Director for Kate Spade, and most recently, Design Director at Reed Krakofff. Kiechel launched her eponymous handbag K.Kiechel line in Spring 2012.
Her signature style is a feminine approach to the masculinity of classic utilitarian accessories such as camera bags, tool bags, and gardening bags, balanced by the undertones of soft silhouettes, novel textures, and jewelry inspired graphic hardware. Kiechel visualizes her girl mixing a bohemian chic sensibility with her modern city-living lifestyle.
She currently works from her studio in Dumbo, Brooklyn with her super girly pitbull, Scout.