A Letter from Katie

A Message of Unity and Equal Opportunities

International Women's Day | 8 March 2023

As a female business founder and the creative director for Kit Heath, a women’s jewellery brand, women are not just a part of my business, they are my business.

It takes a great deal of confidence and not just a smidge of courage to launch a company, and I have tremendous respect for any woman embarking on this journey while facing glass ceilings on top of general challenges.

Since our company first started out in the early 80s, my brother Kit and I have shared a passion for jewellery. While I have always enjoyed my time better behind a sketchbook designing, Kit naturally took to the social side of jewellery sales.  Bringing a broad skill set between us, we made a point to identify our individual strengths and how best to harness them. 

Katie & Kit, photographed together in the early years.

Coast Collection by Kit HeathCoast Collection by Kit Heath

Coast draws on understated luxury and the magic of the sea, encapsulating tranquility, mindfulness, and the natural ebb and flow of life.

Our experiences as much as our ability to work as a partnership have been our greatest assets on this journey. Together (not just as sister vs. brother), we were able to do more, and create something better than either one of us could achieve alone. Gender aside, embracing our differences—and the “Liberté, egalité, fraternité”  they in turn offered—ultimately made us better as a team.

Our company philosophy has always been to design and create jewellery that every woman can feel confident wearing, jewellery with meaning that evokes feeling. The Kit Heath style combines timelessness and modernity, that je-ne-sais-quoi that aims to both transcends and unite different trends and tastes.

Bevel Collection by Kit HeathBevel Collection by Kit Heath

Bevel—a Kit Heath classic that seamlessly blends sentiment and day-to-day style, designed to be worn effortlessly at work and home.

In my experience, jewellery is not just an everyday luxury; it has the power to bring people together. No matter who we are, where we come from, and what we each face on a day-to-day basis, jewellery offers us a form of self-expression that we should all enjoy without prejudice.

Happy International Women's Day!

Katie Nickell
Founder & Creative Director, Kit Heath