Kaight Plus Kate Equals Fashionable
Story by Holly J. Coley
Photo courtesy of Kate McGregor
Slow fashion has long been synonymous with the tie-dyed and Birkenstocked, but boutiques like Kaight are changing that. Located on the east side of Beacon’s Main Street, the Pinterest-worthy brick and mortar showcases how far the industry has come.
“When you’re talking about fashion and something that is organic or sustainable, people automatically put it into an ‘other’ category,” explains owner Kate McGregor. “It’s no longer fashion.”
But that’s not the case when it comes to her store. Since opening in 2006, she’s worked to introduce customers to designers who produce goods responsibly while not sacrificing style. Sophisticated and modern, pieces that fill Kaight’s racks are a mash-up of approachable meets inspired minimalist. The store offers a diverse selection of items, ranging from clothing and jewelry to home accessories and beauty products. At any given time, there are up to 50 designers/brands to choose from, each committed to fair trade, to using organic or recycled material, and to local production with zero waste. This is the Kaight standard, and Kate takes great care to make sure that her designers meet them. “I look at all aspects of a product and the whole life cycle of a garment,” she says. “A lot of factors go into it, but fundamentally, it has to be something that I like.”