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 email@example.com.
Co-founder Karla Gallardo started Cuyana with the idea of empowering artists around the globe. Growing up in Ecuador, Karla remembers witnessing extreme economic disparity and wondering what could be done to provide a platform for Ecuadorian craftsmen and others like them to showcase their considerable skills. While in graduate school, she began imagining ways in which she could source these skills, one country at a time, thus supporting these artists while creating beautiful, high-design products. A lifetime lover of fashion, Karla graduated from Stanford Business School and previously worked at Goldman Sachs and Apple.
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.