ABOUT KAY WHILBY
Rachel K. Whilby was born and raised in New Jersey to immigrant parents from Jamaica. She is the 5th of six children and has a very large, but close, extended family. As a result, there was always a lot of choice and variety when it came to clothing and accessories – and even when there wasn’t, Rachel recalls “you learned how to make something old new for you”. She remembers watching her older sister turn broken bangles into arm cuffs, lost earrings into brooches, and old keys into earrings. As her shadow, it was not long before Rachel started making my own creations. Fashion, style, and dress – to –impress have been huge pieces of the very fabric of her upbringing.
Rachel’s inspiration for starting her own jewelry design brand came during a season of transition in her life. After deciding to leave a position as an administrator at an elite New York private school and return to the classroom full time, Rachel relocated to Georgia. The move was predicated on the desire to experience some warmer weather, a slower pace and, most significantly, be closer to one of her biggest fans – her big brother. It is with the support and motivation of Rachel’s brother that she was encouraged to launch K.Whilbeads in Winter 2018 as an outlet for her creative energy and love of fashion.