Meet three forward-looking women who are changing the landscape of clothing and redefining what it means to be fashion conscious.

On Catalysta’s Role Models, you’ll meet trailblazers who mix passion and profession to benefit the common good.


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Guest Bio:

Kate McGregor

Kate McGregor opened KAIGHT in Manhattan’s Lower East Side in 2006 with the purpose of offering pieces from independent designers that meet the following criteria: local production, organic textiles, reclaimed materials, fair-trade or zero waste.In 2010, Kate opened a second location in the Boerum Hill section of Brooklyn.

The Lower East Side location has since closed, however, the Brooklyn store continues to be a destination for those seeking well-designed clothing and accessories by independent designers with an emphasis on sustainability. For more than seven years, Kate has worked in tandem with emerging and established brands to offer a well-curated inventory. The selection often includes one-of-a-kind pieces, in addition to pieces from independent designers as well as larger brands.


Amy Hall

As Director of Social Consciousness and a member of the Leadership Forum for women’s clothing designer EILEEN FISHER, Amy Hall supports the company’s efforts to practice “business as a movement.Amy collaborates internally and externally to guide the company toward ever-increasing human, environmental and economic sustainability. She also co-leads the company’s People and Culture area, together with leaders of the Human Resources, Leadership Learning & Development and Internal Communications teams.

Amy collaborates internally and externally to guide the company toward ever-increasing human, environmental and economic sustainability. She also co-leads the company’s People and Culture area, together with leaders of the Human Resources, Leadership Learning & Development and Internal Communications teams.Amy chairs the advisory board of Social Accountability International and serves on the boards of the American Sustainable Business Council and the Greyston Foundation. In 2011, Amy rode from New York City to Washington, DC, on her newly built bamboo bike as part of the Brita Climate Ride.


Bob Bland

Bob Bland is a Brooklyn-based fashion designer, entrepreneur, and community organizer. She is the CEO and Founder of Manufacture New York, a fashion incubator/factory hybrid dedicated to providing independent designers with the resources and skills to streamline their production process and transform local manufacturing into the most affordable, innovative option for all.

A professional apparel and graphic designer with previous experience at Marc by Marc Jacobs, Triple Five Soul, Rugby by Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger and Banana Republic, Bob combines timeless design principles, premium materials, and hand-printed graphics to create garments that are meant to look and wear better over time. Bob’s brand, Brooklyn Royalty, was founded in 2006.

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