Abby Kong is a New York born designer and CREATIVE THINKER.
She grew up in a household saturated in creativity and design: her family's work spans photography,
merchandising, window display, event planning and exhibit design trades.
Abby graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) with a degree in International Fashion Merchandising Management after a year of traveling and studying abroad in Florence, Italy at the Polimoda Institute.
Additionally, she took courses in jewelry design (benchwork), fashion illustration, life drawing, sewing and screen-printing.
Her jewelry work experience encompasses design for theater, high end, contemporary and mass market jewelry.
Abby had the unique opportunity to work on the costume design team for the hit Broadway show "FELA", which won the
Tony Award for Costume in 2011. Working as a freelancer, she designed, fit, sourced and hand-produced all of the jewelry for the New York City, London and international touring shows. She also designed jewelry for "Come Fly Away" (2010).
She got her start at Alice+Olivia in product development, working as a liaison between design, tech design, fabric and print design, production, sales, merchandising and domestic/international vendors and factories.
Next, she moved into the world of fine jewelry at David Yurman, globally sourcing jewelry and gemstones.
Most recently, Abby works as a private label jewelry designer, incorporating international travel, shopping and research into the creation and development of creative jewelry collections for a range of well-known retailers.
In 2014, Abby launched OFF DUTY NYC with two fellow FIT graduates.
OFF DUTY is a specialty accessories line designed and handmade in NYC.
It draws its inspiration from travel and specializes in using kaleidoscopic materials on wearable product.
As of 2016, Abby is a part-time faculty member at FIT. She has helped support the Visual Exhibition and Design
department by teaching some high school "Saturday Live" classes.
Abby is a passionate traveler and adventurer.