I always knew I wanted to make something with my hands, what that something was would be a journey to discover. After leaving an interior design program in New York City, my first stop was Paris, France. While in Paris, I wandered into a fabric manufacturing warehouse. As soon as I touched the hand embroidered fabrics, it was like my hands remembered something my mind
had forgotten. It was love at first sight. I was home.
My formal training in textile was at The Fashion Institute in New York City. I have a vivid memory of my first day. I walked down the halls, passing classrooms filled with huge drafting tables covered in paint and large looms with student’s work draping from them. I was in New York City all alone but it did not matter. I knew this was the beginning of my adventure. Near the end of my school year, I was asked to create four custom prints for an upstart Soho cafe named Maman. Those four custom prints became the heart and soul of the brand. Maman now has six
locations across New York City and Toronto.
That experience sparked the idea of creating textiles that were bespoke to the client. After Maman, I went on to create twenty-six custom prints for clients in Toronto, New York, St. Barths,
and Australia. I’ve now expanded my bespoke services to include fabrics and rugs.
What drives me as a designer is the need to keep innovating in the textile industry. It excites me to know possibilities are endless.
Welcome to Candice Kaye Design.
Candice Kaye, founder and creative director
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Photo: Ilich Mejia