About the Founders
We met in Lake Placid, New York years ago and bonded through our love of design, craftsmanship, travel and New York City. When we discovered our mutual love for Nairobi, Kenya, the amazing beadwork of the Masai people and incredible local design, we were driven to find a way to bring awareness to the luxury product that was coming out of remote corners of the world. We work with brilliant designers in Nairobi and other parts of Africa who employ the talents of local artisans to create fabulous jewelry and accessories. MAIK is a collection of their work- combining the bright, bold colors of Africa with sophisticated, few-of-a-kind designs created with exquisite materials in effort to maintain and pay homage to traditional artistry and craftsmanship in locales far and wide.
With a curatorial background, having worked for galleries and institutions ranging from Christie’s Auction House to the Lake Placid Center for the Arts, Ashley Kasperzak has “the eye”. A graduate of Skidmore College, she received her Masters in Modern Art and Its Markets from Christie’s Education in New York City. She brings her understanding of fine arts to the design, sourcing of material and attention to detail for the MAIK Collection.
Meg has lived, worked and studied around the world. She brings a global perspective in fashion and design to the collection, having worked in the fashion industry for years including time at Creative Artists Agency and W Magazine. Meg seeks individual pieces that are appreciated not just because they’re beautiful African handiwork but also because their quality and style is universal. She knows that a beautiful piece of jewelry speaks a language understood worldwide.