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  • Cuyana Team and Founders

our vision

We started Cuyana because we believe fashion can be different. We think it can be more fulfilling and more soulful. Our different backgrounds intersect at the point where we hope to bring a greater quality of experience to people trying to buy better, and buy well. Are you passionate about Cuyana’s mission? Please check out our available positions and send an email with your resume and portfolio to jobs@cuyana.com.

  • Cuyana CEO, Karla Gallardo

    Co-founder Karla Gallardo started Cuyana with the vision of creating a global lifestyle brand that promotes intentional buying, offers premium quality at accessible prices, and empowers local craftsmanship from around the world. Karla earned her MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and her Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics from Brown University. She previously worked at Goldman Sachs in the Investment Banking Group and at the Apple Online Store as a Business and Strategy Analyst. Karla grew up in Ecuador and is a lifetime lover of fashion and giving back. with the idea of empowering artists around the globe.


    Co-founder Shilpa Shah was drawn to Cuyana because of the opportunity to create products with rich stories while also building a fashion brand with a central mission of social change. She’s always enjoyed cultivating her personal style but found fast fashion unfulfilling. She often wondered why people couldn’t shop like her relatives in India -- purposefully procuring treasures that would be passed down from generation to generation. Shilpa began her career in Interaction Design, creating meaningful online experiences at Disney and Punchcut, and then went on to receive her MBA from UC Berkeley Haas School of Business.

    CUYANA CXO and Co-founder, Shilpa Shah