Our Story

When our brand was first established in 2017, we looked no further than the Basquiat artwork titled “Rome Pays Off” that was hanging in our office.  Based in New York City, Rome Pays off is a premium fashion and lifestyle brand that prides itself on balancing the worlds of art and fashion while celebrating individual style. We work with culturally relevant artists to create statement-making pieces that are alternately conspicuous and subversive.
 
Rome Pays Off sets itself apart by putting artist collaborations at the heart of the brand versus using them merely as a supporting element. Creativity and collaboration are at the core. We redefine what an artist edition and product can be—something that challenges the ordinary, penetrates the humdrum, and sparks conversation.

CEO Christina (Kiki) Burns has been at the forefront of art and design throughout her career. She moved to NYC to attend FIT and worked for private label designers and in product development for several art museum collections before honing her skills as a book editor and publisher.