In 2010 Kristy co-founded Maiyet and has served as its president since. Maiyet is a pioneering luxury brand that incorporates within its timeless collections rare artisan skills from unexpected places across the world. Reviving ancient techniques and showcasing the raw talent of top emerging artisan communities, Maiyet aims to promote sustainable employment in places that need it most. Since its first presentation to the world at Paris Fashion Week in October of 2011, Maiyet has grown to earn its place within 35 wholesale doors globally. The brand is regularly featured prominently in international publications of repute, including VOGUE, ELLE, L’Officiel, Harper’s Bazaar, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Telegraph, positioned as a coveted fashion label and a leader in the movement towards conscious capitalism. Maiyet opened its first store at 16 Crosby Street in New York’s fabled Soho village.
Kristy’s career as an entrepreneur began immediately following graduation from Northwestern University when she started a company in the tech/hospitality space. As the dotcom bubble burst, Kristy returned to business school, earning an M.B.A in Finance and Entrepreneurship from USC. Having developed an aptitude in fashion by lending her business skills to young fashion designers, Kristy accepted a position with Gap, Inc. following graduation. At Gap, she was able to launch and grow new businesses for the company including leading the Petite business for Banana Republic, where she quickly made her mark by opening up stand-alone stores, restructuring product and fit approach, and tripling business over the course of two short years. Relocating to Tokyo, Kristy led Banana Republic Japan merchandising – a formative experience through which she gained a deep knowledge of the Japanese market and consumer. In Japan, Kristy was instrumental in growing Banana Republic’s market share, and consistently designed and delivered customized product ranges that significantly exceeded sales expectations. Upon returning to the US and seeking opportunities to unite her skills in the fashion world with a desire to ignite social change through business, Kristy took over Gap’s socially conscious Accessories and Product (RED) division, which raises awareness and vital funds to prevent and fight the global AIDS epidemic. Kristy redeveloped the collection focusing intensely on fashioning a more creative and effective business model for Product (RED). Kristy implemented a sourcing strategy through Africa and championed the project’s spirit and ethos within the Gap organization and among Gap consumers and industry peers.
Kristy has consulted for global brands including All Saints, Band of Outsiders and Mercado Global, a fair trade company based in Guatemala. As a design consultant for Mercado Global, Kristy worked directly with indigenous artisans, teaching them new techniques and guiding product development for an assortment of fashion accessories sold to Nordstrom and Levi’s. In 2008, Kristy joined Band of Outsiders full time as President and initiated a long-term growth plan that resulted in new product launches, negotiated licensing agreements, and expanded wholesale penetration.
Kristy graduated with a B.S. in Industrial Engineering and a secondary focus in Fine Arts Painting from Northwestern University. She holds an MBA in Entrepreneurship and Finance from University of Southern California and attended Otis College of Arts and Design’s Fashion Design Program.