Kirrin Finch is a conscientious clothing company, founded by Brooklyn-based couple Laura Moffat and Kelly Sanders Moffat, that will meet the growing demand for gender-defying fashion by creating menswear-inspired apparel designed to fit a range of women's bodies. The inspiration for the business was born out of their own frustration at being unable to find clothes that fit their style. As women who tend to gravitate towards button-up shirts and bow ties, they often find themselves envying the clothes in the men's section, yet are frustrated because they know they won't fit. Laura and Kelly were no longer willing to settle for ill-fitting menswear or overly frilly womenswear, so they decided to join the movement that rejects traditional stereotypes and gives people the freedom to be their true selves.
I grew up playing sports and spending time outdoors. I played soccer for Binghamton University and moved to New York City after college. While in NYC, I joined the NYC Teaching Fellows and worked as a classroom teacher and elementary school library media specialist in high needs schools. Fighting for people’s right to express themselves in whatever way makes them feel comfortable is something of paramount importance to me. One way I make this happen is by serving as a Steering Committee Member for the Human Rights Campaign, the largest LGBT civil rights organization in America. Starting Kirrin Finch is another way I hope to support people who do not follow the conventional norms of society by creating gender-defying clothing for women. Fashion was never something I could relate to, until I discovered that I was not bound to women’s fashion. Once the door to menswear opened, I finally felt comfortable embracing my own style, and joined the growing group of people who recognize that clothing does not need to be tied to gender. By starting Kirrin Finch, I look forward to connecting with other women who feel a connection to the styles and creativity of menswear.
I grew up in Scotland and I came to the US at age 17 on a golf scholarship to UCLA. I quickly realized I was more interested in academics over golf and decided to pursue a career in biology. I received a BS in Psychology from UCLA and a PhD in Neuroscience from NYU. I have worked as a management and marketing consultant in the healthcare industry for the last 8 years. Although I enjoyed my work in the healthcare industry, I felt a strong desire to have my own business and with increasing frustration at my limited fashion options, I realized there was a huge unmet need in the marketplace for women who prefer the aesthetic and design of menswear. Once Kelly and I started pursuing the clothing company, we came to understand how destructive the fashion industry is to the environment. It is the second most polluting industry, only second to the oil industry. With that understanding there was no going back, Kirrin Finch had to be a sustainable brand! My hope is that we can continue to redefine what makes a woman sexy, while adhering to sustainable practices that are kind to the earth. We live in Brooklyn with our two cats.