FOUNDER + DESIGNER
Born + raised in Southern California to a family of artists, Cara King developed her love for design as a young girl. After many years of suppressing her artistic passions, she finally decided to pursue her creative side + enroll in the Fashion Institute of Design + Merchandising in 2013.
While in school, Cara spent many hours in various coffee shops throughout San Diego + Los Angeles forming a new passion - coffee. Her enthusiasm for coffee made its way into numerous projects, ultimately leading to the creation of Kyoto State.
In June 2015, Cara graduated FIDM with an Associate of the Arts Degree in Visual Communications. She now works alongside her father, running a business + building Kyotos.
DESIGNER + CRAFTSMAN
As a child, Thomas Seargeant was surrounded by the industrial arts. His father was an agriculturalist + woodworker who taught at a local high school in the Antelope Valley. Together, along with two of Thom's brothers, they worked in their home shop creating + building furniture.
In his early twenties, Thom graduated California State University Long Beach with a Bachelor's of the Arts Degree in Liberal Studies + a concentration in Art. After realizing a teacher-lifestyle was not his forte, he began his entrepreneurial career as a self-employed remodeling contractor.
After 30 years of remodeling homes, Thom has taken the opportunity to work alongside his daughter, Cara, in the creation of Kyoto State. He most enjoys the process of integrating man-made materials with natural elements to form visually pleasing works of art.