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Like any story worth telling, there was love, there was inspiration and of course, there was St. Barths.

Carly was on the hunt for a simple yet elegant sandal with her husband Jesse. Surprisingly, on an island renowned for curated style, she returned empty handed to the comfort of the beach.

Embracing the serenity of the ocean, Carly stepped onto the shore and allowed the waves and sand to fold over her feet. As the remnants of sand lingered on her skin, an idea sparked her creativity.

Bubbling with excitement, she tells Jesse of starting a sandal company unlike any other. Creating a flip-flop so minimal the difference between them on and off was almost indiscernible.

Jesse fueled by his love for Carly, believed in her and her idea. Under a tiki hut, the couple began exchanging ideas of what could be, and from there, the name TKEES was born.

Unafraid to venture down a road untraveled, they combined hard work and determination to turn their vision into a reality.

Jesse and Carly needed manufacturers that valued quality and detail in their work. Having developed the initial concept of TKEES in such an idyllic setting, it was only fitting that these standards would be met in a country known for its beauty; Brazil.

Carly’s creative process begins by blocking out the noise of the world to create something pure and refined. Pulling inspiration from a spectrum that stretches from her children’s scribbles to high fashion, the essence of TKEES is never lost.

Carly is not a woman who is over-accessorized or over-styled. Design that is over-done does not impact her. The most effective design is the one that is the most simple.

Pushing the boundaries through a simple silhouette is a challenge that TKEES welcomes with each collection.

Having no prior experience in the industry, it was necessary for Jesse and Carly to be involved in every step of the process.

By doing so, they ensured that they had the best understanding of the craftsmanship that went into creating each pair of TKEES.

Jesse and Carly believe in family. Not only their own, but the TKEES family they created. Love, loyalty and laughter are always a part of the atmosphere, at home, in the office, and everywhere else.

The world of TKEES is beyond the product. It awakens the feeling of escape, to travel far enough that you meet yourself. To create a life worth living, a life full of moments that are unforgettable.

These are the moments that matter. These are the moments in TKEES.

Five years later in St. Barths, there is still love, there is still inspiration, and now, there are TKEES.