Course led by Karissma Yve
Founder & CEO, Gildform
As the founder and owner of her own specialty jewelry brand, Xenophora, Karissma faced the production problems that many designers face in an industry overrun with fast fashion. What started in a Detroit basement took her to Paris fashion week and back again (with her designs sold at retail locations in 5 different countries), but left her with no sustainable way to scale.
No longer able to meet the demand by hand, she searched for a manufacturing partner that could bridge the gap between her now sought-after designs and a finished product she could ship to her customers. That search came up empty, and after meeting with hundreds of jewelry brand owners the truth became clear; they all had the same problem. A fast-approaching plateau caused by lagging lead times.
After reaching the conclusion that a solution didn’t exist, Karissma decided to create one. After 1.5 years of research and fundraising, Casting de Khrysopoeia was born. The only Detroit-based jewelry design and manufacturing facility capable of taking jewelry from concept to finished product and a Case Study for what is now known as Gildform.
After solving the latency problem for clients ranging from sole proprietorship’s to Shinola, Karissma had proof of concept. Too invested to turn back, she set a new plan in motion. One that would solve the latency problem plaguing the jewelry industry on a larger scale, and deliver high-quality specialty jewelry to customers worldwide.