Coming from a highly academic household, Kate was encouraged to explore and research any and all fields of study. Because of this, she draws design inspiration from varied sources: art history, the natural sciences, literature and poetry, folklore, American and world history, music, film, theatre, fantasy and science-fiction, as well as the cultures and landscapes of countries around the world. Channeling these influences and utilizing her education at Iowa State University and the London College of Fashion, she creates garments that emphasize structural design and lines.
Since graduation, Kate has continued to broaden her experiences by working in bridal and ready-to-wear retail, along with photographing engagements, weddings, and fashion portraits. Her pursuits extend further through creating costumes for the productions put on by her local theatre, and running an Etsy store with her friend and business partner, which has taken them throughout the Midwest selling at conventions. In March of 2015, she did her first independent runway show through the RAW Artists organization in Omaha, Nebraska.
Zinc & Copper grew out of Kate’s desire to push herself creatively and commercially, and to explore her relationship with both high-fashion and casual clothing. The Vancouver Fall/Winter 2016 Fashion Week will be the debut collection for Zinc & Copper, and will serve as the catalyst for the brand’s growth and development.