This week’s lady is Katie Finn, the extraordinary, witty designer behind Elizabeth Street, a line of exquisite accessories that has elicited many an Ooh and Aah from Castor & Pollux customers. Katie got our attention through “pure tenacity,” e-mailing us with a link to her website out of the blue. We were entranced by what we saw – precious and semi-precious stones hugged by unobtrusive gold settings and linked by delicate chains.
Having spent years fabricating pieces for other designers, Katie officially launched Elizabeth Street in 2009, inspired by a mentor who encouraged her to work exclusively in gold. Picking up Elizabeth Street during the summer of 2009, Castor & Pollux was one of the first stores to carry the line, and was “super-instrumental,” according to Katie, in getting the word out about her work.
Katie craves the “meditative” aspect of jewelrymaking, and is “driven by the ability to make everything with her own hands.” She produces every Elizabeth Street piece personally, “start to finish.” We’re very excited to present her uproariously funny answers to our 28 questions.
Photo by John von Pamer
Anything with lobster in it, or hot dogs and ketchup.Â Is that lame?
Last great book you read?
Winter drink of choice?
Lagavulin neat or a Michterâ€™s hot toddy.
Your animalsâ€”names and breeds?
Currently, I have no pets, but Smilla (my mutt who lives in Florida now) will always be the one that has a total hold over me.
Do you exercise? What do you do, if so?
Yes, I dance around my apartment at four in the morning.Â I have a strict schedule that I adhere to after a night of heavy drinking.
Salty or sweet?
Who inspires you and why?
My grandmother, Lady Gloria Dale.Â She has impeccable taste, a gorgeous sense of style and is a totally motivated person.Â At 88, sheâ€™s just started her own line of felted pillows. Sheâ€™s lived and traveled all over the world and has a wickedly inappropriate sense of humor.
Pool or ocean?
Ocean.Â I grew up on the Gulf of Mexico and cannot be landlocked.Â I go crazy without access to the ocean.
Iâ€™m still wrapping my head around this.Â I fall in love with most places I go so I canâ€™t say a favorite.
Last great vacation?
Years ago I sailed from Charleston, SC around the tip of Florida and across the Gulf to New Orleans.Â We anchored off the Dry Tortugas in the dead of night and woke up in a tropical paradise.
Favorite TV show?
Weirdest job you’ve ever had?
Pedicab driver in Savannah, Georgia.Â That was probably the funnest job Iâ€™ve ever had, too.
CafÃ© Degas in New Orleans.Â If youâ€™re ever there, you have to check it out. I love it for the atmosphere as much as the food.
Favorite object in your home?
Itâ€™s a toss up between my bathtub and my bed, for obvious reasons.
Favorite piece of clothing?
Right now, itâ€™s my Burberry winter coat. Itâ€™s freaking freezing in New York.
Favorite blog or website?
Gawker.com. It cracks me up and keeps me up to speed on current events at the same time.
Something you’re scared of?
The ever-rising cost of gold.
Pixies, Surfer Rosa.
Favorite pop song?
â€œTry Sleeping with a Broken Heartâ€ by Alicia Keys.
Your ideal day?
It starts at the beach and ends at the Russian bathhouse.
Favorite gift you’ve ever received?
Ancient ivory bracelets from my grandmother.
Favorite scent (perfume)?
Jo Maloneâ€™s Nectarine Blossom & Honey cologne.
What do you do for a living?
Iâ€™m a jewelry designer, and occasional consultant for all things everything.
Where do you live?
Your lucky number?
Arenâ€™t they all lucky?
What piece of art would you buy if you had absolutely no budget?
It would be a Gerhard Richterâ€”not sure which one, though.