In 2019 I travelled to Havana Cuba with my husband, Photographer, James McArthur Cole. For the photoshoot with Cuban Ballerina and model, Patricia Vega Gonzalez, he had picked a talented team of creatives from Cuba including a lighting guru, creative director, MUA and others. He asked if I would style for the photoshoot and I obliged. I toyed with how I wanted to style her. Finally, I settled in on a full tulle skirt and a dramatic floral headpiece to bring the drama. This would be the genesis of Kat and Clarese – a contemporary accessories line of floral hairpieces, chokers, large brooches, recycled and re-imagined vintage purses with vintage florals. All for the woman who loves the unexpected.
As Founder and Designer of the brand I design each accessory as a one-of-a-kind statement piece. Most pieces are handmade and embellished with flowers, Swarovski crystals, velvet, lace, silk, tulle, French veiling, and other luscious adornments. Kat and Clarese pieces celebrate individuality, glamour and femininity. I see each accessory as a piece of wearable art.