For the uninitiated, Maiyet is a year-old label built on the noble yet difficult-to-reconcile principles of luxury fashion produced by artisans from the developing world, in whom the brand invests through the nonprofit organization Nest. For much of the spring collection, the feel-good philosophy is a free-gift-with-purchase. The goods, including the series of breezy whites detailed with hand embroidery and the excellent jewelry (costume and fine), are desirable enough on their own regardless of the humanitarian payback.
Cofounder Kristy Caylor was inspired by Peru, where she developed knits for fall, and implemented elements of the Amazon and Sacred Valley into this collection. The handcrafting was exceptional and quite modern in the case of an appliquéd python motif on a white shift and two shirtdresses — one short, one long — with tonal embroideries. There were moments that skewed contemporary for a label that is firm about its luxury positioning and prices, but otherwise the lineup’s earthy undertones were all elegance.