Mari Cruz was born in the small, mountainous city of Cuenca, Ecuador and grew up sunny South Florida, both of which formed her innate aesthetic. She aims to strikes a balance between feminine creativity with a touch of bohemian flair. 
Mari has worked in e-commerce for years, and previously owned a small online boutique focused on accessories. Her love of accessories began when she was planing her wedding in 2006, and realized there was an opportunity in the accessories market for a well made, feminine brand. She began making earring pieces for fun and for artistic expression, which slowly grew to the line Kate and Mari. 
Since launching, her designs have graced the ears of women all over the world, from Australia, South Korea, the Netherlands, to right here in the US. Her customer is the modern woman who loves feminine touches and details.  

While the focus of Kate and Mari is bridal inspired, Mari aims to make pieces that can be worn on your wedding day, a special event, to a sunday brunch, or on a night out.


Currently Maria lives in Miami, FL  with her husband and their two kids.