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Kyra has an eclectic background in finance and theatrical costume design, patterning and construction. She completed her MBA at Mills College’s Lorry I. Lokey Graduate School of Business and was a recipient of the Financial Women’s Association of San Francisco scholarship, as well as the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women business leadership scholarship. Kyra wrote her undergraduate thesis on sustainable fashion and draws inspiration from slow fashion, costume design and a desire to empower professional women. For the past six years, she has specialized in accounting consulting and operations development for Bay Area fashion companies.
When Kyra met Bree Hylkema (also an FiSF Designer in Residence), both bonded over a mutual love of quality clothing and a shared passion for ethical business. As Kyra’s career advanced, she discovered a lack of garments made with beautiful fabrics, exciting designs and realistic sizing. Bree and others, too, shared this frustration. Thus, Vermeulen & Co. – a company committed to women’s tailored business apparel – was born.
Kyra has worked as a costume design assistant for Cal Shakes and Brian Boitano’s Christmas skating show, as well as designed for the San Francisco Conservatory of Music graduate projects. Kyra also teaches East Coast Swing, Lindy Hop and Blues dancing.