A relative newcomer to the fashion world, New York based Maiyet launched in 2001 with a unique mission – could a luxury clothing brand make the world a better place? The brainchild of a human rights lawyer and a retail veteran, Maiyet partners with artisans in developing nations such as Kenya, India, and Peru to produce their upscale ready-to-wear, shoes, jewelry, and accessories. Purchases come with a side of good karma, as a portion of sales go towards development of the artisan’s villages, making Maiyet trailblazers in “ethical couture.”