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Saint Holiday

Vacation-inspired clothing, sustainably made in New York City


Date Established 07/2019
Founder Kate Lessa and Vijay Paintal
E-commerce & Retail
Travel & Tourism
Press Contact Kate Lessa


Saint Holiday is a collection of travel inspired clothing and accessories, consciously made from all natural materials. The brand is a true exploration of barefoot luxury.  Designed for the mindful traveler and influenced by the concept of buy less, choose betterSaint Holiday is focused on making vacation-ready pieces to be enjoyed season after season.

The brand practices slow fashion in all aspects of design and manufacturing. Creating quality pieces that last and will not go out of style is at the core of their sustainability.  Inspired by classic resort silhouettes and menswear, the collection takes a modern approach to vacation style.  Clean lines and tailored details are a signature of the DNA.  Each season offers limited edition prints inspired by island living, featuring expressive botanicals in playful colors.  Creating custom colors and prints that are reminiscent of holiday memories adds the emotional element. Original artworks are hand painted in partnership with local artists and screen printed at the mill.   The highest grade fabrics and materials are selected in Europe and Japan, choosing organic and sustainable fibers whenever possible.   Each style is then cut and sewn in their boutique atelier in New York City. Working with skilled artisans and family owned businesses is intergal to the process.

The wholesale strategy for Saint Holiday focuses on curated destination shops and hotel boutiques, including The Four Seasons, Montage Hotels and Curio at the Faena Hotel.  The collection is also available on the brand's own website, This season’s range includes caftans, sarongs, swim covers, beach sets, jewelry and bags with a men's swim trunk launching soon.  Retail prices are from $68 to $398.

Founding Story

Co-founders Kate Lessa and Vijay Paintal both worked in the fashion industry for many years before dreaming up Saint Holiday.  Kate designed accessories for Vera Wang, DVF and J Crew before making the change towards entrepreneurship and sustainable fashion.  Vijay already had experience running a business and manufacturing, he worked with his family producing apparel for top retailers.  The vision for the brand began over a dinner with friends in the West Village. Their shared love of design, travel and textiles was the inspiration at the start and continues to be. Vijay resides in New York City where the brand is based and Kate splits time between NYC, Paris and Bermuda. 


Oversized Holiday Shirt
Oversized Holiday Shirt $268.00
Bird of Paradise Oversized Holiday Shirt
Bird of Paradise Oversized Holiday Shirt $288.00
Bird of Paradise Deck Short
Bird of Paradise Deck Short $175.00
Lobby Caftan in Cloud Crochet
Lobby Caftan in Cloud Crochet $240.00
Islander Sarong in Drift
Islander Sarong in Drift $168.00
The Bungalow
The Bungalow $320.00
Holiday Beach Bag
Holiday Beach Bag $248.00
Lobby Caftan in Day White
Lobby Caftan in Day White $190.00
Beach Shirt in Orchid
Beach Shirt in Orchid $255.00
Collecting Shells Sunglass Chain
Collecting Shells Sunglass Chain $68.00

Team Bios

A long-time New Yorker now based in Bermuda and Paris, Kate Lessa is the creative behind the brand—responsible for Saint Holiday's design, images, and overall mood. A Philadelphia native and alumnus of Boston University, she started working as a stylist after graduation.  This work led to a fascination with design and a move to New York City.  After years of designing accessories for brands DVF, Vera Wang and J Crew, Kate teamed up with friend Vijay Paintal in 2018 and pivoted into resort wear. An avid traveler, she always shops for wearable souvenirs on her trips.  Exploring markets, hotel boutiques, and artisan shops for embroidered tops, crochet dresses, and beaded jewelry, she likes to find items that conjure memories of a specific place and time. Influenced by this hobby, the duo started making vacation-ready pieces at a small factory in New York City.  The first samples were inspired by a vintage tuxedo shirt bought in the South of France.  Barneys picked up the launch collection and many of these original designs are still core to the brand. 


Boca Magazine - Dec 08, 2022 Holiday Gift Guide "The shirt dress meets caftan for effortless style. While everyone else is dealing with cold temperatures, it continues to be a warm winter season for us in South Florida. For a laid back yet polished look and made with 100% organic cotton."
Harper's Bazaar - Feb 24, 2022 12 Effortless Caftan Dresses to Wear All Summer "Whether you're hanging out at the hotel bar or taking a stroll along the beach, everyone will want to know where you found this caftan. Not only is it the perfect shade of pink, but Saint Holiday's lightweight cotton jacquard caftans are beyond comfortable."
The Zoe Report - Jan 26, 2022 Embrace The Preppy Trend with 10 Country Club-Inspired Outfits "As you've likely already guessed, a large portion of the country club style involves neutral colors, which makes it all the more easy to mix and match your favorite preppy pieces. To emulate this look, try a white shirt and shorts with a cream-coloured sweater on top and brown leather accessories."
Marie Claire - Jan 19, 2022 17 Caftan Dresses That'll Be Your No-Brainer Summer Uniform "This light-as-a-feather is crafted from an airy organic cotton fabric, ideal for heat waves or beach days."
Observer - Jan 18, 2022 Jet Set: What to Pack for a Beach Getaway "A breezy linen top is a prerequisite for any beachy vacation, and this particular blouse is so chic and effortless. We love that you can wear it as a cover-up over your bathing suit or on its own."
Underlines - Dec 03, 2021 Get Winter Beach Chic with New Luxury Brand Saint Holiday "It's December, and the days of s'mores on the beach have been replaced with blankets by the fireplace. Thankfully, luxury resort wear brand Saint Holiday has launched just in time for your winter holiday planning."
Fashion Mannuscript The Patron Saint of Vacation is Redefining Resort Wear "Interview: Founded in 2019 by partners Kate Lessa and Vijay Paintal, Saint Holiday offers timeless resort and loungewear pieces including caftans, coverups, shorts, tops and unique accessories such as travel journals, sunglass chains and statement jewelry."
Whitewall Brand New: "Just in time for a sunny winter, Saint Holiday's newest collection, a resort capsule, features artistic caftans and cover-ups, as well as bold and elegant accessories, including seashell sunglasses chain and a gold coin pendant on a paperclip chain. Designs include clean lines and tropical prints on soft shades of beige, navy blue, and pink materials made from the brand's signature quality cottons and linens."


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