at a very early age. Growing up in small-town Ohio, early values included supporting small businesses and buying products that were Made in the USA -- and made to last. I wore hand-me-downs. My mother shopped smart and she often made my clothes. Shopping was a treat (not a daily activity) and purchases were thoughtful. When I moved to NYC and began my professional career, I was seduced by the thrill of shopping at the big, fast-fashion retailers, until one day, I wasn't anymore. The temptation wore off as fast as the clothes wore out and I suddenly didn't enjoy being a part of our massive consumer culture. So in 2005, as I was beginning to reclaim my childhood values and become a conscious consumer again, I found myself at a crossroads in my career...and I had my AHA moment. Less than a year later, I opened KAIGHT in Manhattan’s Lower East Side.


To provide consumers with fashion-forward clothing and accessory options that meet the following criteria
local productionorganic textilesreclaimed materialsfair tradezero 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. Many of our brands are small, women-owned businesses like ours that value authenticity and good quality goods.


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.
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Since opening, KAIGHT has been recognized as a leader in the slow fashion movement and has been featured in