“Sorellina” means little sister in Italian, and in the case of jewelry design duo Nicole and Kim Carosella, the affectionate nickname could apply to either one of them. “I’m the younger one,” Kim says, “but Nicole is smaller than me, so it works both ways.” Much in the same manner that the name of their company has a personal narrative behind it, each piece in their two-year-old jewelry line has its own story to tell. Whether it’s the Otto collection, which evokes the shapes of honey-combs and was inspired by Nicole’s love of the number 8, or the Hail Storm collection, which was created after Nicole saw a patch of icy snow following a winter storm, each piece is more special because of the tale it tells.
The sisters work together seamlessly (frequently finishing each other’s sentences and sharing the easy intimacy of the closest siblings), with Kim handling the business end of the company and Nicole doing the designing. But the family connection goes back a little farther. When Nicole and Kim were trying to figure out how they were going to start the company and produce the first pieces, they repurposed some of their mother’s vintage gold jewelry (which was from the 80s and had not, let’s say, stayed stylish) to make their collection. And while this family business might have started small in Williamsburg just a few years ago, it has expanded in a big way, with Sorellina jewelry spotted on Florence Welsh and Emma Roberts, among others.
Photo by Austin McAllister