Kaight is one of my favorite shops in the nabe (the Lower East Side), and it only stocks ethically-made, planet-friendly items to boot. Kaight has become one of the most recognized boutiques in the green community; founder Kate McGregor was nice enough to answer a short Q + A! Read on to find out more about Kate and check out my picks from this eco-chic boutique.
I live in the Greenpoint neighborhood of Brooklyn.
How did you first become interesting in sustainable, environmentally conscious living?
I’ve been pretty environmentally conscious since I was a teenager, but I really became interested in sustainable fashion/design about 6-7 years ago.
Who are your role models?
Fave restaurant in NYC?
Too many to name!
Best book you’ve read lately?
Rules of Civility by Amor Towles
Currently playing on your stereo or turntable?
INXS, Ellie Goulding, The Beatles
Do you have a DIY or décor tip?
You can make a room look really polished and put together if your art – this includes posters, prints, etc. – is framed well. There are plenty of places to buy the materials to do it yourself. It’s also worth the investment to have things professionally framed. It’s a relatively easy and inexpensive way to update a room or space.
What’s the most memorable trip among your travels?
Probably the first time I went to Paris. I was 17 years old and I walked around the city for 4 days. I was in heaven.
What gave you the courage/inspiration to start your own business, and help you weather recent tough economic times?
Family and a firm belief in what I was/am doing.
For those that are interested in living more sustainably but don’t know where to begin, what advice would you offer?
I think people should focus on areas of their life that are most important to them; then the transition will happen naturally.
You’ve got to be incredibly busy running two successful stores and being a wife and mother. What’s one thing you make sure to carve out time to do for yourself?
Read. I try to set aside time each day – even if it is just on the train – to read something interesting and that is not pop-culture/fashion related.
Clockwise from top left:
1. Coco Mariniere by Wool & the Gang Made from pesticide-free cotton.
2. IX Necklace by DLC Made from vintage deadstock pieces, rescued from shuttered jewelry factories. This piece also does double duty as a triple-wrap bracelet!
3. Certified Organic Honey & Mint Lip Balm by Apple & Bee I try and only put things on my skin that I'm comfortable having absorbed into my bloodstream. The balm tin is free of synthetics and pesticides.
4. September Charm Polish by Priti NYC These polishes are not only 3-free (no DBP, toluene, or formaldehyde) but is also is free of petrochemicals and mostly plant-derived.
5. Polish Remover by Priti NYC This remover is soy-based - no more worrying about inhaling gross fumes!
6. Recycled Duck Cotton Bag by Baggu I have a major love affair with Baggu; their canvas products are all made with recycled materials, and their nylon bags are a fantastic way to skip plastic.
7. Liberty Sandal in Pink by Melissa Melissa shoes are made from non-toxic plastic that has been recycled and is recyclable - imagine throwing your old shoes in the recycling bin!
8. High-Waisted Linen Shorts by Samantha Pleet Made using eco-friendly materials & processing.