Kaight boutique has carried our clothing since 2006 and has introduced Prairie Underground to thousands of women in New York and beyond.
To celebrate their 10 year anniversary, founder Kate McGregor visited Seattle to reimagine five of our most popular styles exclusively for Kaight this Fall.
We asked Kate a few questions about her last decade in fashion what she’s excited about in the future.
Our bestselling Denim Day Dress has been a wardrobe staple since it was designed in 2011 and is offered with a bracelet sleeve length.
Tell us a bit about yourself and how you began KAIGHT?
I grew up in Ohio in a very small town. I come from a long line of entrepreneurs and I was raised with the philosophy that it was important to support small businesses and local manufacturing. I was an ardent environmentalist in high school and went to college in Boulder, CO, where passion for social and environmental issues was the norm. When I began my career as a journalist in NYC and began to seriously shop for a “professional” wardrobe, I really wanted to apply these values to my closet. I started doing research and found a lot of interesting things happening, notably the launch of EDUN, which was then dedicated to producing exclusively in Africa, and their sister brand, Loomstate, which 100% organic. I also discovered independent brands, including Prairie Underground, that were committed to domestic production and sourcing local textiles when possible. The only catch: information was scattered and retail outlets for these brands were scarce. I had my aha moment and opened KAIGHT in the fall of 2006.
What is the ethos behind KAIGHT?
KAIGHT is a contemporary boutique for the socially conscious consumer.
The Moth Coat, first designed in Spring of 2008, was rendered in a luxuriously soft wool herringbone imported from Japan and is fully lined in cotton/rayon satin.
Your Orbit first produced in Holiday of 2009 was made longer to be worn as a dress.
We also produced a full length version of our Cigarette Pant in stretch twill.
What inspired you in the collaboration with Prairie Underground?
A collaboration with Prairie Underground seemed like a natural extension of our more than eight years of working together. Because the brand has a very strong point of view, they also have a very strong and dedicated following. Customers have become attached to certain styles over the years and I thought it would be fun to revisit some of those key pieces in a new way, while highlighting KAIGHT’s history with the brand.
What looks / aesthetics are you most excited about currently?
I’m really excited about mix-and-matching volume, graphics and textures. I think the wool Moth Coat designed with Prairie Underground for this collaboration is one of my favorite pieces for fall with it’s heavy textile and oversized shape.
What are you looking forward to with KAIGHT’S future?
I recently opened a second store in Beacon, NY, which is about 70 miles north of New York City. The airy and open space has allowed me to create a boutique that is more lifestyle-driven. It’s been incredibly fun shopping
and sourcing home accents and decor, in addition to becoming familiar with, and getting to know a new audience. Right now, I’m enjoying this new experience. We’ll see where it leads…
Mothette Lite and Sportwardian
All of these have been styled with items from our Fall 2016 collection