Interview with Kaiyan K. Mistree03rd May 2018
Walk into the Isprava office and you’ll be met with wide smiles and probably some banter as well. The one person you’ll find with the biggest smile will be Kaiyan K. Mistree, the newest addition to our team. Kaiyan has joined us at the Head of New Business and Markets and is determined to spread Isprava’s message and story across the world. We catch up with Kaiyan to chat about his life, his role and more.
Tell us a bit about yourself, how did you end up at Isprava?
I studied architecture and spent eight years practicing so I’ve always enjoyed smart design, traditional aesthetics and welcoming spaces. For the last few years, I had been observing Isprava's growth story and was inspired by their work. I remember telling my wife Shireen after a personal visit to Goa and viewing a few of the Isprava villas, that it would be great to be part of this company as it reflects all the things I enjoy. Soon after, my wife encouraged me to reach out to Dhimaan and Nibhrant who I have known since my school days, to express my interest. Over the course of several conversations and few months later, Isprava had a role for me that was new, challenging and exciting and one I couldn't refuse. The rest as they say is history.
What is your role here?
My role at Isprava is Head of New Business and Markets and has now expanded into New Technology and Sustainability as well.
What is your favourite part of your role?
I love that no two days are the same. A large part of my job is exploring opportunities in new landscapes which have the potential to manifest into beautiful Isprava homes for our clients. This also would involve meeting several external and internal stakeholders which results in rich conversations, knowledge sharing and adding value which is the most exhilarating feeling in the world.
Tell us a little bit about the culture at the office?
Besides having a strong ethos to work together, food is a binding factor for everyone at Isprava. Meals are discussed and debated over constantly which is always exciting for a food lover like myself. In addition, for me personally coming to Isprava was sort of a homecoming which was long overdue. From the very first day I never felt out of place, I have finally found my tribe, where everyone works together as one big happy family towards a common goal.
Were you always inclined toward the luxury space? If so, how do you feel it evolving in India now?
I have always been inclined towards the luxury space, having worked for many years in the luxury real estate world. India is an emerging, diverse and challenging market for the luxury space. One’s success is mainly determined by one’s ability to understand and adapt with the highly complex demands of the Indian buyer. One has to constantly evolve, innovate and tweak approaches to provide unique and bespoke services and offerings basis the melting pot of cultures, customs and history.
Are you more a beach person who loves the energy of Goa or the tranquil calm of the lush Nilgiris?
My body loves the beach and the ocean but my mind loves the tranquil calm of the lush Nilgiris.
What does luxury mean to Isprava?
Over the past few years we have built some of the world’s most beautiful luxurious homes. However, at Isprava that was simply not enough, we have further evolved the concept of luxury to be combined with a series of curated bespoke experiences & thoughtful services which cater to all your perceivable needs of the present and future, that form lasting memories for a lifetime.
What is the first thing you do in the morning?
Stretch and check the time on my phone.
What are three things we will find on your desk?
Bottle of water, Isprava notebooks and a variety of pens, pencils and markers.
Vintage or modern?
Vintage Mediterranean Revival with hints of Art Deco and Art Nouveau styling.
Favourite vacation spot?
Anywhere in Italy.
A celebrity you would like to have a drink with?
If you could have a holiday home anywhere, where would it be?
St. Lucia in the Caribbean.
Favourite TV character?
Dwight Kurt Schrute III from The Office.