Meowww! If you haven’t heard of Poor Cat Designs, I’m happy to make the introduction to this line of original handmade jewelry featuring platinum, 24-karat, and 18-karat yellow gold, 18-karat white gold, 18-karat pink gold, and sterling silver charms strung on leather strands in numerous colors, artisan chains and colorful fabrics.
Photo via Premiere Digital
Created in 2009 by Co-owners Krista Karagias (pictured above) and jewelry designer Joseph Romanowski, the Poor Cat collections have since grown a robust social media following which helped propel the brand and now boast a vibrant fan base of rock stars, celebrities, teenage trendsetters, and prominent players in the design, architecture, and fashion worlds. Notable A-List clientele include Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi, members of Lady Antebellum, Stella McCartney, Vera Wang, Brian Williams, his daughter Allison Williams, and the entire cast of her popular HBO show GIRLS.
Part of the brand’s universal appeal, I believe, are its hip, casual unisex designs that can be worn by both adults and children…
as well as their symbolic appeal across many meaningful categories: love & friendship, zodiac, spiritual, alpha/numeric, nature, animals, and more. The charms can be personalized and worn as a necklace, bracelet, bangles and even on a key ring.
Warning: Poor Cat’s designs are addicting, and you may find yourself amassing a collection that you’ll be wearing all at once!
So what’s with the cat, you ask? Well, I always love a great backstory to a company’s iconic logo and with Poor Cat, it’s a sweet one! The rainy night before his sister passed away, a drenched kitten appeared on Romanowski’s doorstep. After attempts to find its owner proved fruitless, he adopted the lone kitty. Upon leaving the house, “Felix” would often look back at Romanowski with such a sad expression that he would compassionately reply, “You poor cat.” Behold the namesake feline:
Poor Cat’s promotional items with Felix’s likeness are top sellers: hoodies, tank tops, T-shirts, water bottles, and even yoga pants.
My daughter loves the water bottle and has adorned all of her school notebooks with Poor Cat’s famous kitty stickers!
You can peruse the entire Poor Cat collection online or visit one of their two New Jersey locations:
Red Bank @ 69 Broad Street | 732.842.3121
Hoboken @ 716 Washington Street | 201.850.1307
One charm and you’ll be smitten with the kitten!
Are you a charm collector or cat lover?