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.
Roman-in-Chief Christina (Kiki) Burns has been at the forefront of art and design throughout her career. While attending the Fashion Institute of Technology and working for private label designers, she went on to do product development for several art museum collections. Eventually, she edited collections in print that include books by Dior, Cartier, Versace, Elliott Erwitt, Russell James, Matthew Rolston, and Mark Seliger. Although she can play Atari like a champ, her interests and passions include mining New York City for the vintage and novel, and searching out soul-enhancing encounters with art, design, fashion, tequila, and friends.