Starting out in my career life as an environmental engineer, I just wasn't feeling fully engaged in with my work, passion was not stirring in my heart, I didn’t feel like I was contributing in a positive way to this world. I always wanted my own creative product/company one day, but had no idea what that would be….so I decided to take a step into the unknown and create a name for my future company. I wanted it to be a word that was familiar to everyone, and also meant something positive and insightful. In engineering, we learned there is always a great order being created within chaos. That fascinated me, so I took the word and made it into a girl so everyone could relate to her, KayOss. Little did I know this would teach me so much along the way.
I knew I wanted to follow my heart so I searched for what inspired me. I remember being excited to go to art openings when I formerly lived in Atlanta. So I started taking every art class there was…jewelry making, painting, glass blowing, sculpting, photography, ceramics, drawing…and I was terrible! Then one day I went to Italy to take Fashion Design. The very first day I felt like I was struck with lighting, I just knew, I am a fashion designer, people can wear my art!
I had no idea how I was going to make the career change, I did know this is what I was meant to do, so I came back to Saint Louis after studying in Florence and learned how to sew. Then immediately created with some great friends, the PRONTO Fashion Show. It was the the best night of my life! (so far) Then my first Fashion Week, first Boutique (Vie), my business really started to grow through trunk shows, which allowed me to let go of the corporate engineering world for good, ahhhhh, freedom!
This continuing dream was so real and exciting, however when you are truly passionate about something, sometimes you forget to pay attention to everything else around you. I created such a fun life and thought I had so much freedom, however going through an ovarian cancer diagnosis and Hashimoto's thyroid disease, I realized balance was more important than anything. Through an alternative Therapy, the Gerson Therapy, I learned how to truly take care for my body so that I could continue my passion long term, slow down and enjoy everything around me.
With this new information and growth, I felt it was time to change the label and create KlarIty. I really love the creative process of designing with beautiful fabrics. From bright eye-catching colors, to fun movement, to the fabulous fit and feel, designed to bring out a woman’s inner Goddess. I am able to source amazing fabrics from around the world through my contacts developed in NY and LA. My goal is to be as sustainable as possible with natural fibers that breathe on the body.
I feel very blessed to have found one of my gifts, and so grateful for all of those who have allowed me to share it with them. Stay tuned, KayOss has evolved to KlarIty and getting clearer and brighter everyday!
xoxo Amy Lynn Johnson