Our Story

Welcome To Fewer, Better Things

A Foundation of Fewer

Cuyana is a design house with a love of essential things that carry a story. We create timeless collections that embody femininity through carefully selected fabrics, precise silhouettes, and attention to detail.

The Embodiment of Better

Each piece is crafted with integrity from the highest-quality materials by craftsmen throughout Europe, South America, and the United States.

Lean Closet

As part of our mission to empower women, the Lean Closet movement was created to give victims of abuse a fresh start in partnership with H.E.A.R.T. By selecting Lean Closet at checkout, we will send you a linen bag to fill with the things that are no longer of use to you. Mail the bag back to us with the included shipping label, and for every donation you make, you will receive a $10 credit towards your next Cuyana purchase.

Our Co-Founders


Co-Founder Karla Gallardo started Cuyana with the vision of creating a global lifestyle brand that promotes intentional buying, offers premium quality at accessible prices, and empowers local craftsmanship from around the world. Karla earned her MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and her Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics from Brown University. She previously worked at Goldman Sachs in the Investment Banking Group and at the Apple Online Store as a Business and Strategy Analyst. Karla grew up in Ecuador and is a lifetime lover of fashion and giving back. With the idea of empowering artists around the globe.

Shilpa Shah

Co-Founder Shilpa Shah was drawn to Cuyana for the opportunity to create products rich in meaning, quality, and story. Shilpa began her career in Interaction Design, and has over 15 years of experience designing web and mobile interfaces for Fortune 500 companies including Disney, AT&T, and Sun Microsystems. In 2012, she graduated with her MBA from UC Berkeley Haas School of Business. When not leading teams and driving innovative solutions, you can find her with a camera, snowboard, or children's book in hand, pushing the limits of her 24 hour day.

Our philosophy...