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Looking Back on the Holidays with KTcollection. Here is to a Fabulous 2013!

This year was a whirlwind of fun trying to balance both working our busiest season of holiday markets while settling into our first holiday season at our Columbus Avenue store. It was no small feat, and we even managed to get our entire 14-person team on planes, trains, and subways on time to celebrate the holidays with their families. Whew…. what an accomplishment.

What a great season it was! We are used to the festive chaos of the markets, but celebrating the holidays in our boutique was a new experience.  Getting to decorate the whole store display in a blue-colored icy glass really got us into the true winter spirit. With Hanukkah earlier this year, it made the month seem double as festive. We loved reveling with the Upper West Side community and feel much more rooted since we opened in September. We enjoy the slower pace and having the chance to really talk to people and get to know families in the neighborhood. Husbands, boyfriends, and mothers eventually come in with wish-lists, and it is fun to piece together whom they are shopping for.

Now we are settling into a slower pace, and we can focus on thinking up amazing new designs to debut for Valentine’s Day. But the best part of having a store is that we don’t have to wait for street fairs or markets to see all of you again. You can come to our flagship store on Columbus Avenue every day of the year.

We offer you all our most sincere gratitude for making 2012 such a wonderful, productive, and successful year for all of us at KTcollection. We wish you the absolute best for 2013. It is going to be a fabulous year!

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Here were the big sellers of the 2012 season. What will it be in 2013?:

photoJewelry Display Branches

These seasonal wall fixtures were in such popular demand that we completely sold out before Christmas eve! Make sure to snatch one of these up fast next year so you don’t miss out. They will be available September through December of 2013.

74261_10151214109658649_479383399_nBrushed Dot Necklaces

Our newest handmade design was a hit because of its chic and simple design. It is definitely here to stay!

GlovesFingless gloves

These new fingerless organic bamboo cotton gloves flew off the shelves! People love the fact they can keep you fashionably warm, and we love the fact that we can still layer our jewelry over them.

Teardrop Hoop Earrings With Nuggetsmixed nugget hoop

Believe it or not, our standard hoops had to step aside this season for these beauties. People just couldn’t resist the shimmering nuggets. They are now available in smaller sizes due to popular demand.

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Very few are able to leave the shop without trying on our adjustable rings–both in solid metal and with colorful stones in endless cuts and colors. Wear them on any finger and they stay comfortable even in extreme weather changes. These make phenomenal gifts.

Circle ChainsLarge 7 way

They are always best sellers. Classic and versatile at the same time.… Did we mention that you can wear them in seven different ways? 😉

Metallic Jeweled Earringsmetallic jeweled earrings

The dangling sparkles go with gold, silver and just about anything dressed up or down.

Lace Collar NecklacesChristina

Who can say no to a little lace? These necklaces were perhaps the star of the season. Feminine, glamorous, and cool enough to dress down with a fitted sweater or blazer. These have become staples in quite a few of our wardrobes, and I bet they would look good in yours too.

We owe it all to our amazing customers and here are some fab shots of them this season:

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Wrapping up the Holiday Season & Gearing Up For The New Year, By Lauren Lynch

As a fresh transplant from Texas, I jumped into the holiday markets at the beginning of December to become the newest member of the KTC team. Getting to know KTCollection’s amazing clientele was a great introduction to New York City, so thank you KTC fans! (It took me exactly three days to drop the southern habit of saying “sir” and “ma’am”, which didn’t go over so well up here).  I also got a new perspective on what New York fashion is all about. Although I have lived all over the globe, there is nothing quite like NYC street fashion. It is truly inspiring.  Watching so many New Yorkers, tourists, and international travelers come together over jewelry has been a blast.  Before we start gearing up for our POP UP shop at the Roger Smith Hotel in February, here are a few images and impressions from our holiday season.

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First of all, I love the process of a woman trying on several different pieces of jewelry to find the one that truly suites her. It feels a bit like Goldilocks searching for what is  “just right”. When she finds it, I am also gratified. The only problem is that I immediately want it for myself too. Fortunately (for my finances) and unfortunately (for me), not everything that looks fantastic on someone else always works for me. (If you were wondering what we do when we don’t have customers, trying on various combinations of jewelry never gets old….)

But don’t think I missed out on shopping for the gals in my life. Being new to New York, I wanted something handmade, NYC local, and pretty. You know I had to get myself something too. (Hey, nothing wrong with self-gifting…. shows how much I love their gifts…)  After snapping up the “must-have” adjustable ring, my second KTC purchase was the new costume purple druzy-stone earrings. They are lightweight, organic-looking, and just a little bit rocker all-in-one. Perfect for my new staple “NY-all-black” look.

The holiday markets may be officially closed. *Pause for sigh*, but gift giving is always appropriate. And guess what? February is right around the corner… And we will be back at RS POP at the Roger Smith Hotel, located at 501 and a half Lexington Avenue (Cross street 47th Street). As KTC did in July, we will be planning parties, Valentine’s Day specials, “After-Work Wine and Jewelry Wednesdays”, raffles, and of course new designs. (Katie is already busy in the studio….)

I will be right here in the middle of it- helping Katie, Zoubir and the rest of the KTC team by boosting KTC in the social media and making the website even easier to use. Now that I have introduced myself to you, I look forward to getting to know you in the shop!

And always feel free to email me at lauren@ktcollection.com. I’d love to see pictures of what KTC you picked up over the holidays.

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