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CURATION AT ITS BEST



Truly artisanal luxury

Inspired by a melting pot of cultures & traditions

Rooted in art with a near audible design perspective



  • This is Kyu ... Progress
  • This is Kyu ... Ethical Luxury
  • This is Kyu ... Artisanal Excellence

Kyu By Kesi is a human-centered high-fashion brand, dedicated to creating a new, ethical, age of luxury.

OUR BRAND VALUES

Fashion with a global soul that re-purposes historic traditions

WE BELIEVE IN

HIGH FASHION

WITH A HUMAN TOUCH

Fashion with a Human Touch is not just a tag line. It is a call to action and a mission that is inspired by Kesi's Jamaican heritage, and her deep rooted belief that fashion should support, not harm, everyone along the value and production chain; that it should elevate entrepreneurs the world over, and that it can make a positive dent in the universe.

WE BELIEVE IN

DENTING THE UNIVERSE

One Artisan, One Artifact, At A Time
"I didn't just wake up one day and say 'I want to be philanthropic today.' It's a part of my upbringing. In many ways the conviction and passion I have for Kyu is at times both a challenge and an opportunity. I absolutely want abundant success; but I want to take the scenic route... where my vision for humanity, my professional aspirations and creative passion co-exist with authenticity." - Kesi Gibson

OUR CURATION IS GLOBAL

Inspired by growing up in Jamaica, traveling from a young age, immersed in a fusion of cultures, influences and paradoxes, Kesi brings influences from around the globe to bear on her designs, creating fashion with a human touch and a global soul. She currently partners with artisans in Argentina, Austria, Brazil, Colombia, Ethiopia, India, Italy, Jamaica, Mali, Pakistan, Peru, Senegal, Turkey and Uzbekistan.

By curating raw materials from countries as diverse as Uzbekistan to Senegal and India to Colombia, Kyu By Kesi supports local communities in a tangible ways. Kesi champions and celebrates local artists and artisans, and contribute to the advancement of their economic aspirations beyond local street corners. She meets the artisan where they are. She tries to preserve the culture and traditions of the country in question. She encourages the artist and artisan to express what they love; something that is rooted in, and critical to, their communities.

OUR IMPACT IS LOCAL

We make "The Invisible Hands of Fashion™" visible to the world

OUR BELIEFS ARE IMMUTEABLE

We celebrate the beauty of the artist as well as its wearer


From conception to consumption,
Kyu By Kesi focuses on the artists and artisans
who inspire, create and craft Kesi's designs.


ABOUT THE FOUNDER

Kesi Gibson, is no stranger to the world of global fusion. It is literally in her roots. Growing up on the island of Jamaica she experienced first-hand the intoxicating mix of diverse people and cultures that influenced everything around her, from food to art, music to fashion and design. Kesi's ancestry includes African, Syrian and English roots, with family who reside in the far reaches of the globe, from Switzerland to Japan.


As the daughter, and understudy of a fashion designer, Kesi has seen first hand the economic challenges of creative professionals, especially women, who struggle to make a I iving from their artistic talents.


Kyu by Kesi was born out of a mix of idealism and pragmatism during Kesi's transformational experience while pursuing her MBA at The Wharton School. The brand is a living embodiment of her beliefs, and a direct reflection of Kesi's personal and professional journey. It is no surprise that her brand focuses on empowering the unempowered, celebrating global artistic expression and putting the humanity back into fashion.


Having had a successful investment banking career, Kesi has a strong appreciation for untapped potential and the power of access. She is determined to pave dynamic paths to financial success for artists and artisans around the world, beyond their local street corners, and has a social focus bent on eradicating the celebrated phenomena of the ''poor struggling artist."


"Fashion that feels as good for the owner as it does for the producer, that celebrates the beauty of the artist, as well as the wearer is what I'm after"
- Kesi Gibson .
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Photographer : Yana Uvarova | Makeup Artist : Valentina Maffey | Wardrobe Stylist : FAB Amore