Before starting Raven + Lily, Kirsten’s career was divided by her passions for social justice and fashion. She spent 15 years doing both styling work in the film industry and working alongside global non-profits. Kirsten has traveled extensively to over 30 countries, starting with her studies in Africa and then living in Estonia shortly after the Soviet Union dissolved. The day after graduating from Baylor University, she headed to India to volunteer with Mother Teresa and Compassion International. Creating this brand has allowed her to unify her passions and capitalize her experience in both the humanitarian and fashion worlds. Motivated by a belief that each person is valuable and uniquely created, Kirsten is dedicated to empowering women to discover their full potential. She is passionate about promoting social business models as a means of providing a dignified way to alleviate poverty, especially among at-risk women. She has received awards for: 2012 Classy Award: Philanthropic Business of the Year, 2013 Rising Star: Austin Fashion Week, 2014 Blazing Star from Texas Women’s Chamber of Commerce
Raven + Lily is an ethical fashion and lifestyle brand dedicated to empowering women through design. From humble beginnings, Raven + Lily has grown to thirteen artisan partnerships in Ethiopia, Kenya, Cambodia, India, Pakistan, Guatemala and the United States, employing over 1000 at-risk women at fair trade wages to give them access to a safe job, sustainable income, healthcare, education and a chance to break the poverty cycle. The result is a beautiful collection of hand crafted artisan jewelry, handbags, apparel, soaps and soy candles. By purchasing Raven + Lily products, consumers are transforming the lives of women, children and communities around the world. Raven + Lily has been featured in magazines such as Marie Claire, InStyle, Lucky, and Elle.