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. After FIT, KahriAnne focused on designing and selling her collection, as well as working various design jobs in the fashion industry.
The line has grown and evolved over the years. The collection now also includes millinery and handbags to coordinate with the hip, funky, rocker chic women’s contemporary clothing line. The diffusion clothing line KA by KahriAnne Kerr was launched for the rebellious fashionista on a budget. KahriAnne is proud to produce both collections in NYC. 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 over 20 boutiques across the US, England, Scotland, Austria, Spain, and Israel, as well as 30 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 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, Miss Universe 2010, Miss USA 2010 and more have rocked KAHRI on and off of the red carpet.