i like you as a friend jewelry founders and designers are Kate Coats of Greenpoint, Brooklyn and Cristalle Stutrud of Astoria, Queens. They met in 2006 at Kate’s wedding, when she borrowed Cristalle’s tiara. By the end of the year, they were running a boutique in Nolita together. They realized they wanted to not just work together, but create together and started silk screening fabrics and stationary, sewing and knitting. They had individually designed and created everything from housewares to clothing and accessories all of their lives, so it only made sense to join forces. They began making jewelry from reclaimed vintage materials, and eventually grew into casting their own charms.
i like you as a friend jewelry pieces are inspired mostly by Cristalle’s and Kate’s mutual love of all things vintage, but also their adoration of cuddly creatures, and their shared snarky and sometimes wicked senses of humor.
Their newest line is called The Petting Zoo and features some of the most sweet and precious pieces yet.