Our clothes must serve who we are today.
LEYT is pronounced light, and was used in Middle English to mean spark.
I founded LEYT to give women choice. Women are doing more, in more places, than ever before, and the clothes must follow: from the office to a cafe to an evening event. Our clothes need to keep up with us—they need to be versatile and functional while also uncompromisingly comfortable and beautiful. Our clothes should favor a real body and a real life over an idealized one. We want you to wear LEYT because it feels natural on your skin, because it is comfortable and freeing, and because it makes you feel more like yourself.
How we make the clothes.
I want to make clothes responsibly—or not at all. What we wear should be a choice with a conscience. We cannot ignore the stakes in an apparel industry that touches so many communities and requires as many resources as it does.
LEYT uses only natural fibers, namely silk, cotton, and rayon, that generate less impact on the environment, and we purchase small quantities of fabric to reduce excess waste. We work directly with skilled weavers in Bangladesh who have been performing their hand-looming craft for multiple generations. The unique patterns we design in partnership with them are handwoven and hang dried, requiring minimal electricity and water use, before being shipped to sewers here in the United States.
Most fabric is power-loomed today—but there are still people who make things the old way. By continuing to participate in this tradition we get to create high-quality and unique fabric for our clothes while helping to sustain and support a community and preserve the heritage and skills of this ancient craft.
LEYT is continuing to work on improving our supply chain and materials to keep our operations as carbon light as possible.
LEYT is dedicated to working with our local factories to foster the unique community right here in NYC.
Our sustainability goal:
We strive to incorporate all sustainable materials wherever we can, even down to the packaging. That’s why we ship with recycled kraft boxes and use recycled tissue paper. All of our tags are made out of paper that is less treated, so everything can be recycled.
About the founder.
Hi! I'm Cathy. I started LEYT after giving birth to my son, when my life was changed for good, both physically and mentally. I needed to make a positive difference in this world. I wanted my clothes to be beautiful and comfortable, and to be produced ethically and responsibly. And I wanted to make this happen myself.
I spent a decade in corporate fashion, producing countless garments season after season according to a grueling calendar, competing for consumers' fleeting attentions. That experience affected me deeply. I created LEYT with two goals in mind: to ease a woman’s day and to reduce the industry’s environmental impact. I hope to make clothes with lasting value—for people to view their clothes as something they can keep for a long time or even pass to the next generation, like my mom did for me.