From snake bones to antique metals, the design duo behind K/LLER Collection jewelry are the coolest metal heads we’ve ever met.

If you are tired of seeing the same things around everyone’s wrists and fingers, and want something that will make you standout of a crowd — and, that’s totally badass — then K/LLER is for you. This collection is bold and graphic, but maintains a pleasing balance of delicacy. Cast snake bones, plays on shapes and angles and experimentation with the appeal of “renewal,” are included in their latest collection. Brooklyn-based Katie DeGuzman and Michael Miller, the Parsons grads and friends behind the line, have found a way to capture the beauty of oddities, which in our opinion makes them one of the coolest jewelry lines around right now. We got K/LLER to answer a few questions about how they get inspired, how TV shows True Blood and Elementary are alike and tattoos. — Carsen Russell

NOTICE:

K/LLER COLLECTION is having a sale Black Friday through Cyber Monday (Friday — Monday). Visit here and click Evolution 2 in the shop to view all the new (rad) pieces & enter coupon code “GobbleGobble” for 20% off starting Friday.

Happy shopping peeps. x

SHK: WHO IS THE K/LLER WEARER?

K/LLER: It really runs the gamut! From our best friends, moms and grandmas, to rock stars and bartenders at our favorite dive place. We’ve been getting a lot of dude love too, who like our androgynous jewels. We have found that everyone has a place for a little K/LLER.

HOW DID YOU LAND ON THE NAME? ANY CONTEXT BEHIND IT?

Katie deGuzman is “K” and Michael Miller is the “LLER.” It’s the fusion of our names! Pronounced KILLER. Katie’s husband, Cicero, is the brain behind our awesome logo and integrating the slash. It also happens to be the perfect description of our style and aesthetic.

YOU BOTH STUDIED FURNITURE DESIGN AT PARSONS THE NEW SCHOOL FOR DESIGN. WHAT CAUSED YOU TO CHANGE TO JEWELRY DESIGN, AND WAS IT A HARD TRANSITION TO MAKE?

We both have a love for metal. After getting our hands on different materials at Parsons like ceramics, wood and plastic, metal seemed to speak to us. We each made our way towards jewelry after Michael restored metal parts for antique furniture and Katie was assisting a fine jewelry designer. We love working with our hands. Jewelry is instantly gratifying, some parts fashion and some parts blacksmithing.

WHERE DO YOU LOOK WHEN YOU START DREAMING UP THESE BEAUTIES?

The things that we are mutually inspired by are materials, all of them. We’re both very tactile and big collectors of oddities, skulls, prehistoric teeth and rando tools and paraphernalia… We’re always on the lookout for our next dead muse. We love the skeleton and construction of objects from flowers to snakes to buildings and choppers.

Some of our favorite pieces from our newest [collection], Evolution, include cast snake bones. Katie’s sister gave us the snake rib, which we thought was so stunning and delicate, but also has carries a dark essence… Right up our alleyway.

YOUR JEWELRY HAS BEEN SEEN DECORATING CHARACTERS ON HBO’S TRUE BLOOD, WORN BY STEVEN TYLER AND SEEN ON LUCY LIU FOR THE ADVERTISEMENTS FOR HER NEW SHOW, ELEMENTARY. K/LLER IS ONLY TWO YEARS OLD! WHAT’S IT BEEN LIKE GETTING SO MUCH RECOGNITION SO QUICKLY?

It’s so much fun to see our jewels popping up! It’s such a great feeling to be getting worn on celebrities and seeing our work on billboards! Honestly, what’s more exciting than celebrities is seeing chicks on the street in K/LLER jewels. We are still in awe that we get to make jewelry everyday and people love it as much as we do.

YOU MET WHEN KATIE BOUGHT A BRACELET OFF MICHAEL TO HIDE A TATTOO FROM HER MOM. DOES YOUR MOM KNOW ABOUT THE TATTOO YET? 😉

Umm… Yeah. The one thing we’ve never mentioned about the bracelet is that it was made out of clear vinyl so it didn’t take mom too long to discover it. : / It was a red star, which has since been added on to. She is still busting me for new ink. I’m 33… I guess things never change.

THIS IS SHK SO TELL US ONE THING WE SHOULD:

SEE: Jessica Joslin’s amazing brass and bone sculpture showing at Claire Oliver Gallery, NYC through January 12th.

HEAR: Snorty dogs snoring…

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KNOW: K/LLER has a 3-piece minimum for the number of bracelets worn per wrist.

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