Kayu is a California based label founded by Jamie Lim. Jamie grew up in South East Asia surrounded by artisanal crafts. However, over the years she noticed that these traditional arts were slowly disappearing. Kayu was born out of a desire to preserve and cultivate these traditional techniques and also provide jobs to those that need it the most.
Kayu works with artisans in Thailand, the Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia. So many products are made in soulless factories, Kayu eschews the mass-produced and instead works with mothers, grandmothers, sisters and daughters.
Made with all-natural materials like straw, shell and wood, Kayu’s accessories are created by artisans using age-old techniques and sometimes take days to complete. Rendered entirely by hand and in limited batches, Kayu fuses these long-standing techniques with modern design sensibility.
Kayu has been seen in the pages of such magazines as Vogue, InStyle, and Elle. You can find Kayu nationwide in top department stores and specialty boutiques including Nordstrom, Holt Renfrew, and Calypso St. Barth as well as over 200 retailers throughout Latin America, Europe and Asia. A percentage of each sale is donated towards creating economic opportunities for craftspeople in developing nations.