photos by: Kenneth Grzymala
Name: Katie Evans
Hometown: Palm Beach Gardens, FL
Current City: Brooklyn, NY
College (if applicable): Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA)
Current Employer/ Recent Clients: Kate Spade New York
What’s your favorite project you worked on and why? It would be between the book clutches or stationery that I design. I feel the most creative when designing these two products. The team has been designing a series of clutches to look like classic books. We pick titles, pre-1920’s, and draw or paint something from the book that inspires us. With stationery, I love using clever messaging and pretty imagery. I think it’s so nice to get a hand written note in the mail, especially if it’s on nice stationery.
What are you doing when you’re not working? Eating, sleeping, and telling really funny (really bad) jokes.
What keeps you motivated on a daily basis? The people around me are always inspiring me in different ways. Also the feeling I get when I see something that I’ve designed in real life. It makes me so happy to hold the real thing. Buying the product in the store and being able to give it to people is so much fun too. That feeling makes me want to do it over and over again. It will never get old.
What do you think is a main factor that got you where you are today? I worked hard, and made the right connections. MICA played a big part in this role, introducing me to lots of people in the industry. I was introduced to an alumni that worked at kate spade and I interned for her the summer before senior year. When senior year was almost over – she called me with a job opening. It was perfect.
What do you have coming up for the future? Starting my own stationary line in the Fall!
What would you tell a friend visiting your city for the first time? Go to Shake Shack.
Any words of wisdom? DO AS MANY INTERNSHIPS AS POSSIBLE while you’re in school. You will learn what you like and don’t. You will make the best connections and learn from the people you work with. It really is about who you know…