Carol Chyau

Finalist 2009

Carol Chyau

CHINA
Shokay
DESIGN
LUXURY & FASHION
Luxury with a story: textiles made from 100% yak fiber.

In a bid to bring sustainable economic growth to remote areas of Western China, Carol Chyau created Shokay in 2006 with business partner Marie So. The company produces children’s clothes and accessories, home furnishings and yarn using yak fiber purchased directly from the region’s herders. Many of the items are hand‑knit by women in rural areas. Building on the 2008 opening of the Shokay flagship store in Shanghai, Carol and Marie are working with Esquel, the world’s largest cotton spinner, to develop yak/cotton blend yarn to sell to major fashion labels.

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