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Indie Jewelry Spotlight: The Hatters by Michelle Kim

In case you haven't noticed, we have a thing for jewelry and accessories here at Everything She Wants. We also love to showcase talented indie designers, and Michelle Kim fits the bill.  Via email, we chatted with the 22-year-old designer-- who studied psychology at the University of California Irvine--about her handmade jewelry line, The Hatters. The fun and fashionable line includes 14-karat gold-filled and sterling customized name necklaces and rings, and zodiac sign and birthstone bangles.

Designer Michelle Kim.

Everything She Wants: Why did you decide to pursue a career in fashion rather than psychology? 

Michelle Kim: Throughout college, I found psychology to be an interesting subject to study. However, when I began to think of my life after college, I didn’t see myself being happy pursuing a PhD.  Conducting research or being a clinical practitioner without a love for the field would have definitely detracted from my drive and ability. I have always had a passion for altering and making my own jewelry so I decided to take a chance and pursue jewelry designing.

ESW: What do the fashion industry and psychology have in common? 

MK: Majoring in psychology has taught me valuable skills that I have used in the fashion industry. It taught me how to work well with different personalities (customer service), conduct sales, and analyze business data.

ESW: When did you launch The Hatters and what's the significance of the name? 
MK: Actually, my boyfriend and partner, Stephen Davis, came up with The Hatters [name]. Our company launched in 2013.  The Hatters campaign is about bringing together artists each versed in their own medium of expression. To meet at a common crossroad and create something that someone somewhere will find a smile in.
The Hatters jewelry by Michelle Kim.

ESW: What inspires your jewelry designs? 
MK: Nature, architecture, street style and different cultures all inspire me. I mostly create pieces that speak true to my personal style, which is feminine with an edgy twist!

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