It all started when I was about 7 years old. Growing up in small-town Ohio, I fantasized about moving to NYC and having a boutique. My father often played along and the two of us would sit around our kitchen table discussing my fictional store. (Side note: An elementary school classmate reached out to me a few years ago; he had discovered our fifth grade graduation book in which each student wrote what they wanted to be. Mine said I wanted to own a boutique in NY. I wish I still had a copy of that book!) Like most children, however, I abandoned my dream (temporarily, at least) and moved to New York to pursue a career in journalism. In 2005, I found myself at a crossroads in my career. Simultaneously, I had become a very conscious consumer and was beginning to explore ways I could apply that to my closet. Suddenly, my dream of having a boutique started to haunt me and I had my AHA moment. Less than a year later, I opened KAIGHT in Manhattan’s Lower East Side.
The mission was simple: To provide consumers with fashion-forward clothing and accessories options that meet the following criteria: local production, organic textiles, reclaimed materials, fair-trade or zero waste; we source goods that reflect a value system that respects humankind and the environment. KAIGHT values good product design and quality above all else. All of our products should be worn for years to come. We aim to create a shopping experience that is based in integrity, authenticity and transparency.
Since opening, Kaight has been recognized as a leader in the slow fashion movement and has been featured in Vogue, Elle, CBS, Expedia.com, Ecocult.com, Inhabitat.com and more. Now located in Brooklyn, KAIGHT continues to be a destination for those seeking well-designed clothing and accessories by independent designers with an emphasis on sustainability. While Kaight continues to be a leader in the sustainable fashion community, the store has evolved to become a specialized neighborhood boutique. Our customers are our neighbors and friends, and I love being a part of our local community; in many ways, it feels like I've come full circle.
I'd love to be a part of your community, too, so please let me know if there are ways to enhance your online shopping experience.