What started as a friendship and shared love for accessorizing between two savvy fashionistas, Carter Ellingson and Esther Kim, grew to a business partnership and a love affair with jewelry. A juxtaposition of dainty and bold – Ceek equally represents the personalities of its two entrepreneurial owners.
Carter, an audacious businesswoman and marketing powerhouse.
Esther, a petite, demure woman with an eye for style and design.
Together, the personalities unite rendering several collections of opposing jewelry exquisitely delicate and daring.
Carter Ellingson has owned her own marketing agency for over 10 years. Her firm has launched successful marketing and incentive programs for clients such as Voss Water, The Emmy Awards and Ritz Carlton Hotels.
Carter began her love for design as she studied global fashion by traveling through Africa, India and Europe. She has toured fabric and textile factories in Thailand, Hong Kong and China and studied fashion design in London. Her worldly inspirations have helped guide ceek’s designs bringing an eclectic edge to each piece.
A Northern California native, Carter holds a bachelor of science in journalism and communications from the University of Oregon. Carter currently resides with her son, husband and three dogs in Ladera Ranch, Calif. If she’s not in the office or the jewelry factory, she is on horseback. Carter has shown horses on a National and International level for over half of her life and it is no doubt one of her passions in life.
Esther Kim has worked in the fashion industry for over 5 years. As an account executive for Cynthia H. Designs, a Newport Beach accessory designer, Esther learned the business side of the fashion industry. Though Esther was responsible for sales and account management – she always showed a passion for design.
As a young girl in South Korea, Esther’s adoration for fashion culminated in hours of dress-up play and high school book reports on Anna Wintour and Andre Leon Talley. A graduate of the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, Esther’s strong eye for design and zeal for the extraordinary, provides a unique perspective to the Ceek brand.
Born in South Korea, Esther’s family migrated to Southern California when she was ten years old. Esther holds a bachelor of science in sociology from the University of California Riverside and majored in product development at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles, Calif. Esther resides in Newport Beach, Calif.
When Esther is not designing for CEEK, she is either working at Bardot Boutique in Newport Beach, shopping online or sketching new designs with her little dog, Coco, at her feet.