Designer & Founder

Katie is a native of Dubuque, Iowa and grew up on a farm. She had a passion for fashion, so moved out to NYC at age 18 to pursue the fashion industry. While attending the Fashion Institute of Technology, Katie took a class which introduced her to human trafficking. Her heart broke because she felt helpless learning that girls are abducted and sold as commodities into prostitution. The pain she felt for these girls was the seed for her desire to change this.

Katie's fashion industry experience, passion for modesty, and desire to make good out of business lead her to start Elegantees in 2010. Since then, she's lead the business into working with survivors of sex trafficking in Nepal and locally in New York City.