Local Love: Carly Burnett of TKEES

TGIF, Cowes! Today we shine light on one of the sweetest founders you’ll ever meet, Carly Burnett, who also happens to be the creator of one of our go-to shoes, Tkees.



Give us your “quick n dirty” — tell us a bit about yourself. We want to know what you’re all about.

Gulp. Not so easy talking about yourself but I’ll give it a go…I love long walks on the beach, drinks at sunset…just kidding (place emoji in with one eye wink and tongue sticking out lol). But for real, I’m pretty simple. I love my work, obsessed with my family, love an extreme workout where I’m left drenched, and the surprises that every day brings.


#LocalLove is all about showing love to bad-ass bosses like yourself. Can you share with us what you do for work and how you make an impact?   

Creating something that your customers can wear while creating their own personal experiences is something that is very cool to me. I love hearing the stories that people share with us on where their TKEES have taken them. In a way, TKEES build happy memories, and get people excited to create more. We are building a brand that I’m proud to say lives beyond the product.


How did you get into this line of work? 

It was an idea I had one day. I couldn’t find was I was looking for, so I decided to create it.


What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given (career or otherwise)?

When you hit a wall, break through it. Don’t limit yourself. Take risks and fail trying. It’s the only way you can grow as a person and as a company.


How about the worst? 

The naysayers. Ignore them and trust your gut. You are the creator in the end.


If you could paint your ideal life, what would that look like in 5-10 years from now?

Who knows what the future holds, but if it’s a lot more of what I live and do already, but on a grander scale, I will be truly grateful. I would  also love to be in a position to give back in a much larger way, because in the end, its a big part of why Im doing this.


What are your favourite resources that you’ve come across over the years (e.g., email extensions, design apps etc.) 

I don’t really use any apps for my role at TKEES, but I do love a good dose of Instagram.


Who are 3 of your favourite Canadian entrepreneurs that our readers should absolutely be in the know about?

Hats off to all the entrepreneurs that are out there. It’s not easy to nail it down to just 3 so here’s 4 😉


Catriona Smart (D’awww)

Sasha Exeter

Natasha Koifman



Catch more info on TKEES and Carly here, on the gram.



The Cowe


For You