katie's love of jewelry began at the age of 18 months in connecticut when she started wearing a plastic pearl necklace everywhere--pajama story time, play dates, etc. appropriately, her mother recalls that her second sentence was "I have pearls".
during a trip to barcelona, spain, as an undergraduate at cornell university, katie stumbled upon a gemstone store and the rows of colorful gemstones changed her life. she purchased several strands and began making necklaces for herself. after receiving countless compliments on her pieces, katie decided to start selling her handmade designs.
katie's company, yellow socks llc, was incorporated in the fall of 2007. katie named the company after her late grandfather's signature sock color. her designs began selling in fairfield county, ct, boutiques and two years later, katie left her job at a new york city law firm to pursue her passion for jewelry design full-time. in the summer of 2010, katie received a graduate gemology degree from the gemological institute of america. she now creates her designs in her manhattan studio.