Katie Rowland is the award winning jewellery designer whose creations are designed for women who know what they want and how to get it. Renowned for only using precious and visually breath-taking materials, Katie Rowland is synonymous for her intricate, unusual and original designs, as well as her exquisite use of precious stones and metals. This week we catch up with Katie to find out what inspires her designs and some of her most recent achievements.
One word that describes you?
In your own words, what do you do?
I design luxury jewellery inspired by strong women from history and myth, to empower and champion the wearer. I love designing for our customers as they too, are strong women, who know what they want and know how to get it.
Who is your greatest influence in your career/life?
My mother. She taught me to be independent from a very early age and to be my own person and I thank her for giving me those skills.
What is your favourite part of your job?
Definitely designing beautiful jewels that enhance women!
What is the most challenging part of your job?
Being a woman in a male dominated industry is tough at times, but it is fun running with big boys.
What is your greatest achievement?
We were awarded ‘New Designer of the Year’ in 2011, when I first set up the brand and this year – I am very excited to announce – the brand has just been shortlisted for ‘Designer of the Year 2014’! So, watch this space….!
What was your Plan B?
I had several! I wanted to be an anthropologist or an artist.
What is your most prized possession?
My cats! I adore them both. They have such enormous personalities.
What’s the best advice you’ve been given?
“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says: I’m possible.” My Mum told me that. She said she thought Audrey Hepburn had said it originally and she was an amazing woman, screen legend and humanitarian.
Please complete the sentence… I could not live without…
A pen and paper. I am always sketching and designing.
If you could have dinner with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be?
My grandparents – there was so much I never had the chance to ask.
Sustainability and consumption are two words you will hardly find in the same sentence – which brands do you think are good quality and are doing their bit for people and the planet?
Apart from Katie Rowland (!), I love Aveda’s ethos as sustainability is what guides the brand and consumption has driven the amazing social projects they have initiated globally in order to make people’s lives better – plus their products are amazing and all derived from nature! Love!
Do you support a charity or cause?
As a business, we focus on the empowerment of women and champion their invaluable role in society.
What’s on your Xmas wish-list?
A holiday to somewhere hot! It is my birthday straight after Christmas and I would love to go back to India travelling with my partner (hint…hint….!).
What is your personal luxury?
A cat nap! I sometimes manage one on a Saturday afternoon…..
What steps do you take to make your life more positive?
To laugh and have fun in everything I do.