Keya Martin, Founder and Designer of the luxury shoe brand Keeyahri, has had an impressive journey to success. After spending some time in the corporate world, the Miami-native realized she wanted to pursue something that truly sparked her passion. Ms. Martin had always loved designing, and was particularly obsessed with shoes, so she began sketching her own designs. After sharing her creations with friends and receiving encouragement to pursue her dreams, she set out to establish her own premium footwear brand.
Despite several years of unsuccessful attempts to find a factory to produce samples of her designs, Ms. Martin never gave up on her dream. She saved enough money to attend an Italian trade show, and it was there that everything finally started to fall into place. In 2018 Keeyahri was launched. Since then, she has combined her business administration skills and passion for designing shoes into a thriving business. Her designs are inspired by her travels, landscapes, nature, textiles, and architecture. Keeyahri has been featured in some of the world's most prestigious fashion publications, including Vogue, British Vogue, Footwear News, WWD, Harper’s Bazaar, Essence, Elle, Town & Country, and Marie Claire. Her footwear can be found in select Nordstrom and Saks Fifth Avenue stores.
Ms. Martin's mission is to stimulate a lifestyle of confidence through a commitment to quality, craftsmanship, and eclectic style. Her shoes are one-of-a-kind, designed to be ostentatious and confidence boosting. She knows firsthand how a great pair of shoes can make a woman feel empowered, and she wants to spread that feeling to others.
Ms. Martin earned a degree in business administration at Clark Atlanta University.