While developing a mock business for a grad-school project, White Plains native Alicia Patten came across a quote by Andrew Carnegie—“It is more difficult to give money away intelligently than to earn it in the first place”—that inspired her to start a business that would allow her to give away some of what she made in an intelligent manner. With her sister Rae-Ann Patten and close friend Janelle Wallace, she founded KAE Collection (“Where Fashion Meets Philanthropy”), a “socially conscious” clothing and accessory line.
The KAE (an acronym for “kindness above everything”) logo is featured prominently on each piece of apparel. “We started with beanie hats because they are trendy, fun, and unisex,” explains Rae-Ann. “They offer an opportunity to spread the message—it’s embroidered right on the front—that the world desperately needs to see more often.” (The brand’s founders regularly donate time and profits to local philanthropic causes.)
Two beanie styles—slouchy with no fold, and folded—are offered in cotton in a variety of colors for $18.99 and $21.99. Also available are cotton/spandex shirts in four styles ($22 and $24) and baseball caps ($15). To order: kaecollection.com.