Having grown up in apparel showrooms,
Kelly always possessed an innate love for the art of clothing design and styling. As a child she would
often sneak copies of Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar to school, admiring the work of Balenciaga and Yves Saint-Laurent while her
peers were playing in the schoolyard. Upon completing her studies, Kelly
continued her exploration of the fashion world, as well as her interest in finance, through unique placements; including a stage with one of
Montreal's top accounting firms.
In 2003, Kelly began working from the ground up at a high-end Montreal-based apparel and footwear distribution firm, where her entrepreneurial mindset along with her passion for design, allowed her to increase sales exponentially and position the firm as one of Canada's biggest distributorships of the time. She launched and represented numerous high-profile clothing and accessory brands in the Canadian market including Vince, Juicy Couture, and Ugg Australia, laying the foundation for their businesses which are currently still in place.
Today, a successful young entrepreneur with a keen eye for style, Kelly continues to foster distinctive design talent, both established and up-and-coming, in Canada through the Kelly Claman Co., founded in 2008. Through the development of interactive bespoke experiences and inventive creative strategies, she strives to form an enduring connection between designers and patrons. Outside of the fashion industry, Kelly is an expert on the history of the British Royal Family, in particular on the lives of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. She is a passionate mental health advocate and dog-lover living in Toronto's King West district with her Goldendoodle.
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