Meet The Designer
Claude Kameni who was raised in Cameroon where her passion for fashion was cultivated.
As a child, she was extremely creative with a sharp eye for silhouettes and colors. Following her relocation to the United States at the age of 8, she was able to take her first fashion class in high school which sparked her design journey. Shoutout to Mrs. Upadhyay from High Point High School!She began to create her own designs for family members and friends and her persistence to learn the different techniques involved in design catalyzed into the creation of her very own brand.
For Claude, creating and designing clothing is an intimate process. She is mindful of the theme and style involved as well as the environment in which her items will be worn. When she is ready to cut cloth, she treats it as her own skin. Claude Kameni originally named her brand Lavie meaning life in French because she realized that fashion was truly her life. Throughout the years as a self-taught designer, Claude has been able to create stunning garments for both women and men respectively. She merges her roots with today’s modern styles to produce brand new creations that the world isn’t ready for.
Claude has studied patterns extensively to where she can manipulate it to create extremely eye catching garments. Her unique sense of urgency creates a compassionate relationship between her and her clients. This has led Claude to be able to design attire for A-List celebrities across the globe. A few notable features for the brand in the past few years have been having a dress featured in the 2021 Met Museum for the Met Gala, Viola Davis for the July/August VanityFair issue, a custom dress for the final wedding scene in the movie ”Coming 2America”, Laverne Cox hosting the 2021 Essence Black Women in Hollywood in a custom gown, Tracee Ellis Ross hosting the 2019 NAACP Image Awards in a custom gown and Janet Jackson in a voluminous custom gown for her music video for “Made For Now”. At 27, Claude has become a master of African-inspired design.