Katie Kime always knew she was going to be an artist—she was making clay pots at seven and drawing Van Gogh cutting off his ear at nine. Plus, creativity runs in the family: Her mom’s a painter, and her dad’s a woodworker. Even still, it wasn’t until college that being a creator really struck her as a viable career option. In 2006, at the end of her senior year at Duke University, Katie put together a trunk show of the random things she’d made over the years—frames constructed from old library books, custom-printed paper, refurbished antique furniture. The response was, in a word, overwhelming.
After moving to Austin and producing an accessories collection in Rwanda through the Africa New Life organization, she dove head first into developing her namesake label of furniture and home goods that draw from her color-happy North Carolina upbringing. “Growing up in the South, my dad wore seersucker suits and bowties, like, not as a joke,” Katie says.
But fused with a certain south-of-the-Mason-Dixon preppiness are influences from her many travels—everywhere from Kenya to Fiji to Bolivia. That said: Everything she produces is made right here in the U.S.A. —olivia seely
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