Growing up on a farm outside of Tripoli in northeast Iowa, where fashion is of little concern, KahriAnne Kerr broke the mold. Tired of generic mall clothes, KahriAnne started to make her own clothing in High School. Having no previous fashion/sewing experience KahriAnne taught herself how to sew and design. KAHRI clothing was first showcased on the runway during KahriAnne's freshman year at BYU-Idaho. KahriAnne presented her first women’s collection to great success. The fashion design department at BYU-Idaho gave KahriAnne the “Most Promising Designer” award.
Next, KahriAnne moved back to Iowa to set up her first mini store. KahriAnne sold her funky women's clothing and artwork in a 10' x 10' space in Waverly, IA. Then KahriAnne moved to Ames, IA to attend Iowa State University, so the Kreations by KAHRI store had to go. Luckily, Zushy, a local boutique picked up KAHRI and soon KahriAnne became a local celebrity, with her designs quickly selling out. KahriAnne also received recognition from the fashion department at Iowa State University. A pair of hand-painted pants and a hand- beaded top were chosen to be displayed at the Iowa State Fashion Showcase. That Spring, KahriAnne entered two women’s collections in the Iowa State Annual Fashion Show (the only sophomore to do so). Both collections were accepted and displayed on the runway.
KahriAnne then headed out to NYC to attend the fashion design program at the prestigious Fashion Institute of Technology. KahriAnne began to sell her collection in NYC stores and e-boutiques. Kahri also set up a temporary mini- store in SoHo, as a part of the designer collective, Burrow.
KahriAnne received the “Rising Star of NJ Fashion Week” award from Lord & Taylor after she presented her collection at the inaugural event. The show was also featured on Jerseylicious on the Style Network. In addition, KahriAnne won "Best Eyewear Design" from Luxottica. KahriAnne also won the 3rd episode of “24 Hour Catwalk” with Alexa Chung on Lifetime.
KAHRI has been sold at fine retailers across the USA, England, Scotland, Austria, Spain, UAE, Japan, Canada, and Israel, as well as many online boutiques. KAHRI has also been featured in many fashion shows with celebrity hosts and performers, such as Kanye West, MTV’s Quddus, BET’s Melissa Ford, Keenyah Hill and Naima More from America’s Next Top Model, on TV programs, such as MTV, Fuse TV, The Late Show with David Letterman, Jerseylicious, 24 Hour Catwalk, The League, Talk Stoop, as well as many magazines, websites and newspapers, such as Huffington Post, Los Angeles Times, Marie Claire, Interview, NY Magazine, InStyle, Vibe, US Weekly, Zink, Lucky, Venuszine, WWD, The Today Show, DailyCandy, and AM New York. Celebrities such as Keri Hilson, Fergie, Jayma Mays, Aubrey O’Day, Brandi Carlisle, Lenay Dunn, Paris Hilton, Cat Greenleaf, Alysia Reiner, Kimiko Glenn, Kiersy Clemons, Zuri Hall, Miss Universe, Miss USA and more have rocked KAHRI on and off of the red carpet.
KahriAnne started her celebrated fashion icons doll collection after her mother passed away. She used art therapy to deal with the grief and a whole new artsy world was discovered.
The KAHRI collection has evolved over the years and now includes a range of artsy chic accessories, clothing, home décor, and icon dolls. The collection is sold at the finest stores in the world, including Takishimaya, Isetan, Ron Herman, Kirna Zabete, Shopbop, Paper Source, and many more.
KahriAnne has created custom illustrations/dolls for Sia, Jay Manuel, Luxottica, NBA All Stars, and more!
KahriAnne wrote and illustrated her story "From the Farm to the Big City" into a children's book available at bookstores. It is dedicated to her mother who helped her "publish" her first book in 2nd grade.
KahriAnne lives in NYC, but still has much love for Iowa.
The KAHRI motto is Be Rebellious!