2kGrey's stunning equestrian apparel is the result of a passion for riding and a deep understanding of fashion. In 2011, Grand Prix rider and entreprenuer Kris Pinto joined forces with fashion industry veteran Meryl Ranzer to create 2kGrey's chic, sturdy and sophisticated line of riding pants. The line was further refined and performance tested with 2kGrey advisor and professional dressage rider and trainer, Karen Lipp. The end result is a line of fabulous equestrian pants and jackets that can easily go from the saddle to the street and look great every step of the way. The collection is machine washable, and proudly "Made In The USA".
Kris Pinto, founder
A creative entrepreneur and marketer, Kris is most well known for founding Moxie Interactive, a digital marketing and advertising agency, in 1999 and serving as CEO through 2009. Under Kris’ leadership the agency became one of the top 10 interactive agencies in the US, with a team of over 300 talented professionals, offices in Atlanta, New York and LA and a client roster including Verizon Wireless, 20th Century Fox, L’Oreal, Coca-Cola, Nestle, Puma, The Home Depot, UPS, Turner and more. In 2006, Moxie was acquired by Publicis Groupe, the 4th largest communications company in the world.
In addition to founding 2kGrey in 2012, Kris is also an active investor and advisor to early stage technology companies, and serves on several non-profits including Camp Southern Ground.
Kris is a Bronze, Silver and Gold Medal Adult Amateur dressage rider, Region 3 Adult Amateur Intermediare 1 Champion; Region 3 Adult Amateur Prix St George Reserve Champion; Region 1 Adult Amateur Intermediare 2 Champion and Grand Prix Reserve Champion.
Meryl Ranzer, founder
Meryl has been in the fashion business for over 25 years, as a designer, merchandiser, artist, product developer and teacher. Her career has been diverse and unusual. Among the companies Meryl has designed private label for are Oleg Cassini, Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, Kellwood, and Victoria’s Secret.
She began her fashion design consulting business 10 years ago as she worked on her art career and launched Women Revealed, her hand crafted T-shirt line, where she was affiliated with the “Vagina Monologues”.
Meryl is thrilled to be part of 2kGrey and is also currently an instructor at Parsons School of Design, the Fashion Institute of Technology, and Kent State University’s NYC Fashion Studio. She also maintains her consulting business and works with emerging fashion designers such as Tabitha Just, where she is on the advisory board. Meryl doesn’t ride...yet.
Meryl’s goal has always been to have fun and find pleasure in all aspects of her life. She’s been a bodybuilder, enjoys boxing, (especially sparring with the guys), and most importantly, loves being with her family.
Karen Lipp, advisor
Horses have always been at the center of Karen’s life. She started riding saddle seat at the age of seven and purchased her first horse at 11. At age 20, she switched to dressage and began teaching.
Karen went on to train and work for Michelle Gibson for seven years. Together Karen and Michelle, who she considers one of her most important mentors, trained several horses to Grand Prix.
Karen Lipp is a well-known Dressage rider who has competed in and won several national and international competitions. Her accomplishments include the 2002 Heidelberg Cup, the 2003 United States Dressage Federation's (USDF) Region 3 Open Championship for Training level, Fourth Level and Prix. St. Georges and the 2004 USDF Region 3 Open Championships for Prix St. Georges and Intermediare II.
Karen currently trains at Top Hat Dressage in Canton, GA.