Kalli Rae Sternberg is not your average college freshman. At just 18 years old she has taken the Ohio fashion scene by storm and is just gaining speed. Her designs are a mix of funky, boho chic and drapey, smooth silhouettes. With dreams of living in the big city, this brunette beauty is sure to make a lasting impression in the fashion industry. Follow her clothing line, KallieRae’s Clothing on instagram (@kallieraesclothing) and be prepared to be amazed.
Star Sign: Capricorn
Full Name: Kalli Rae Sternberg
Tell me a little about yourself:
I am currently a Fashion Student, at Kent State University. Not too long ago I started a clothing line called KalliRaes Clothing (instagram @kalliraesclothing). I have always loved fashion and had what I liked to call a crazy style. I would always be ripping up, cutting, and painting clothing to make it more me I guess. I learned how to sew when I was about 15 and I starting putting my creations to work… sewing real cloths. I got compliments so I was like what the hay, I’ll sell my things. So I did. And I am so happy I did that. I am improving my knowledge and everyday learning more. I am from Solon Ohio; I have two loving parents, older brother and younger sister, and a fat dog.
Where are you as you answer these questions?
Of course I’m at Starbucks. Where else would I be? I’m addicted and I’ll admit it.
Tell me about your brand:
It describes me; I think some pieces are whimsical and some are more urban. My clothing is meant to be fun and when you wear a Kalliraes piece you should be having fun…or at least smiling.
What does a typical day for you look like?
I don’t think there is a typical day for me, if there was I would probably go crazy haha. I like to always do new things and go to new places. I try to spend time outside everyday and think a little bit, it sooths me. I also trip a lot, so that happens almost everyday.
How long have you been a designer?
I have been sewing since my freshman year of High School and about 7 months ago I just started to sell some pieces I have made. I also take requests and do my best to fit what my costumer wants. I can’t wait to improve my skills!
Who are your favorite designers?
My favorite high-end designer is Alexander McQueen, hands down. What makes clothes unique is when designers turn them into artwork and that is exactly what his clothes are. I YouTube old Alexander McQueen runway shows to get inspired and ideas. As for shoes, I am in love with Jeffery Campbell Shoes, enough said. And it’s hard to think of my favorite brand of clothing, because I enjoy so many. To start, I love Rag and Bone, anything fun, whimsical, urban, and I don’t wear anything that “girly.”
What made you want to start designing clothing?
I wanted to express my self more, and this is a great way to do it. My costumers that wear my cloths melt my heart because I feel like they are supporting my unique identity.
What are some upcoming projects you have planned?
I am starting my own blog kalliraes.com and I am so exited for that.
Three words to describe yourself?
A good one would be Humble, I am not one to brag or show off. Kind and Fun, I like to think I am a fun person haha.
On your days off, what can you be found doing?
I really love to spend time with my friends and family including my fat dog. I have the most supportive parents I am so blessed. I also love to kick box and hike.
What is something most people don’t know about you?
I love to write poems to help express emotion.
I am a sucker for love stories. Romeo and Juliet. And I also read a lot of magazines… if that counts.
What would be your biggest accomplishment to date?
I would have to say selling my clothes and just to see people wear them as apart of their outfits. I feel so accomplished when I witness that.
What does happiness mean to you?
1. Realizing that happiness comes from within, not positions, but positive thoughts, support, and love. 2. I am truly happy when others are happy. I really care about my friends and family so much, and when they are all happy it is contagious. So happiness to me is seeing the joyous light in people I know and love, which inspires me.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
In ten years I will be in NYC. I am always there when I go to my “happy place.” Thinking about living there and my future enthuses me. I want to be walking the streets with my black leather Marc Jacobs bag in one had and my morning Starbucks in the other. I will be walking to Kalliraes Headquarters help in NYC. I will be greeting my amazing team getting ready for a big, fun, and fashion filled day to arrive. I am a very positive person as you can tell.