It’s that classic ‘80s story of toy inventor Kate meets toy model maker Lance at Hasbro; they fall in love, quit their jobs, and start a soap company in their backyard chicken coop named using the first two letters in each of their first names. Today, KALASTYLE is run from a 30,000-square-foot building in Cranston; it’s still family-owned, and operated with a very small staff, some who have been with the company for 20 years. Daughter Alice, who grew up around the business, and husband Cleveland are now integral members of the team. Along with other duties, Alice collaborates with mom Kate on package design. “The first soap box we worked on together was the Sea Salt Soap back in 2011, which remains our top-seller. We think very similarly in terms of design and have grown a lot of our brands together. Cleveland has jumped on board too in this department, so we’re a design team of three now,” says Alice. “We’re inspired by the simplicity of Scandinavian design combined with our love for the Ocean State, and wanting to focus on making good products locally,” says Alice.
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