Born and bred in Massachusetts and Colorado, Catherine Chen and Haley Boyd moved to New York to attend Parsons School of Design in 2004. During their time in school, they made ends meet as waitresses in various restaurants around the city. Their college years of shoe shopping led them to identify a terrible abyss in the market: Simple, Versatile, Essential styles that donít break the bank. As a result, the pair began their beloved company, Marais USA, in 2007. They now live and work in Brooklyn where they enjoy English summers and wearing plaid.