American Made Since 2012

Karina Kallio

Brooklyn, New York
Kallio making old clothes young again. We source vintage men's shirts & remake them into adorable stylish kids fashion. Designed & Made in NYC.
New York

Tell us about your business.

Kallio is a counterpoint to the throw-away, fast fashion that has saturated the current market. The product’s encourage awareness of sustainable fashion design techniques and a return to value imparted by high quality, classic but one-of-a-kind design. Kallio designs Modern Stylish Everyday Heirloom garments for boys and girls 6 month olds to 8 years. Kallio upcycles carefully selected quality vintage men’s shirts into unique designs for kids that are produced in such a way that cares for the earth and it’s workers. Kallio is available on line at and in select boutiques in the US and Japan.

What makes your business stand out?

Every Kallio garment is unique due to the use of vintage fabrics and modern stylish designs. Each shirt is hand picked, cut and sew and made to be as unique as the kids that wear them. We are looking at Sustainable local design & manufacturing from a different perspective: UPcycling for the modern, stylish family. All fabrics and manufacturing are sourced within 30 miles of the Kallio Studio.

What's the best business advice you've received?

Owning a business is not a sprint its a marathon... Pace yourself and enjoy the process.

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  • Nominations
    June 3–Aug. 29, 2014

    Nominate yourself or other aspiring makers.

  • Judging
    June 23–Sept. 8, 2014

    Judges will select finalists throughout this period.

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    Sept. 15–Oct. 13, 2014

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  • Winners Announced
    Oct. 17, 2014

    2014 Award Winners and Audience Choice Winner announced.

  • American Made Event
    Nov. 7–8, 2014

    Join us for our annual event in New York City.