Katy Messersmith first arrived on the fashion scene in 2002 quite by accident. While volunteering at a women's prenatal clinic in Africa, her life took a turn - literally, her luggage was lost and she was soon collaborating with local seamstresses. Those first designs reflected the vibrant, local culture but lit a creative and entrepreneurial spark in Katy foreshadowing the bold Katydid creations to come. Forever the risk-taker, Katy was determined to succeed, despite being self-taught in the worlds of business and fashion. Today, the company is a multi-million dollar business based in the heart of the Dallas design district and was recently named in the Inc. 500 list of the fastest-growing private companies in America as well as Top 100 Women Owned Business in North Texas by Dallas Business Journal.
The Katydid Collection lifestyle brand includes women's apparel, accessories and home goods such as hats, tote bags, tumblers and beach towels.The youthful yet edgy styles, vibrant colors, and signature popular motifs mixed with unexpected patterns have become wardrobe staples for women of all ages. While clients are drawn to the brand’s unique designs and creative embellishments, repeat customers return for the exceptional quality of the hats and garments. The label has been sold in more than 2,500 boutiques and retailers across the nation.
The Katydid brand continues to research and design for the ever-evolving customer base of women with an interest in wearing the latest trends and unique casual designs which set them apart in a cute, fun and fashionable way.
A firm believer in the power of giving back, Katy constantly looks for ways to make a difference in the community and empower emerging women. Fashion Group International of Dallas, Dress for Success, Susan G. Komen, Suicide Crisis Center and Kidd's Kids are a few of the charities Katydid Collection supports.
Katy is a true Texan, she graduated from Texas A & M and currently resides in Dallas.