Kat Gee followed her dream and started Kagi jewellery at the age of 24 from her kitchen table after having the ah ha moment that she wanted to be a jewellery designer sitting on the jetty in the Marlborough Sounds.
She asked herself a series of questions :
“If I could do anything, be anything what would it be?”
“If fear wasn’t an option, what dream would I pursue?”
“My wish is to help you step off the hamster wheel of mortgages, retirement and living for the weekends to take a moment to find YOUR thing, your calling, to ensure you don’t fall into the deathbed regret of “I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me”
“Being a jewellery designer has always been in my blood – growing up hearing about my grandma hiding her strand of pearls in her undergarments when in a concentration camp in Indonesia to making and selling jewellery at primary school – a future in jewellery for me seemed inevitable.”
Over the next 14 years her company grew to being in 300 stores with 30 staff and a multi million dollar business.
Many years later however she hit rock bottom when she was burnt out, divorced, knocked up and on the brink of bankruptcy at aged just 32. “I have experienced such highs and such lows in such a short lifespan. I have come to realise we all go through the same shit in life – whether its death, bankruptcy, divorce” She says that “life will crack you open, there will be rains, there will be storms and it will rock you to your core”
But it’s through these times you find a strength you never had and are truly able to step into the person you were meant to be.
‘The women I love and admire for their strength and grace did not get that way because shit worked out. They got that way because shit went wrong and they handled it. They handled it a thousand different ways on a thousand different days, but they handled it. Those women are my superheroes.’ — Elizabeth Gilbert
Kat Gee wants to share with you that you
- You each have a calling and the purpose of your life is to find it
- How to follow your dreams
- How to drown out the critics and be unapologetic about the life you want to lead
- That some of the best lessons in life come wrapped in sandpaper
With a wish to inspire women to live their best lives and also be a light for someone else in their dark night of the soul – powerful women empower other women. She wants to open their mind to possibilities and potential and show them how they too can live the life their soul aches for.
Kat Gee has been recognised for her work through
- Guardian of Hope for Child Cancer Foundation
- Fastest growing fashion brand 3 years in a row – Deloitte’s Fast 50
- Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist 2012
- Exporter of the Year 2012
- NZ design Ambassador 2003
- Mum to 2 little people