Phoenix Fashion Week Emerging Designer: Kelley West

Name: Kelley West

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Age:  51

Title:  Owner/Designer

Married/Single:  Divorced

Kids:  3 – Tanner (22), Logan (16), Paxton (15)

City you live in:  Phoenix  

A typical day in my life includes…

running kids to work and/or school, working on jewelry for a few hours in my studio, updating social media platforms and managing emails.  Any free time I have, I try to spend with my kids.  

I was born…

in Peoria Illinois.

My favorite thing about Arizona…

the sunshine.

I’m listening to…

country Music – particularly Luke Bryan & Sam Hunt.  

My family…

(this sounds so cliché)  is everything to me.  We might laugh, we might fight, we might cry, we go thru hard times and good times…but in the end, they are the reason for everything I do.  My kids are my world.  

If I could have dinner with anyone, it would be…

my mom.  She recently had an accident and suffered severe brain trauma.  While she is alive and on a slow path to a hopeful recovery, I miss being able to call her every day and ask her opinions or tell her about my day.  I would give anything to be able to go back to how things used to be and just sit down together and eat dinner and talk.

One thing I cannot live without…

Chapstick.

When I was younger, I wanted to be…

a dance instructor.

I’m inspired by…

people who know who they are, know what they want and aren’t afraid to go after it.

The one person who motivates me is:…

my daughter Logan.  Even at her young age she is confident, has an entrepreneurial spirit and finds fun in everything she does.  I want to be a great role model for her in order to set her up for success in life.  She motivates me to be a better mom and a better person.

If I could change anything in the world, it would be…  

for everyone to accept other people for who they are without being so judgmental.  Why can’t we just embrace diversity and lift one another up.

The perfect day would be…

sleeping in, laying by the pool reading a book, having Chinese food delivered for dinner, and ending the evening watching a movie.

My first job was…

I was a dance instructor teaching tap, jazz, aerobics and tumbling classes.

My favorite escape…

seeing a movie at the theater or reading a book.

My life…

has been a journey filled with unexpected turns.  I never imagined I would be a single mom raising three kids or having my own business.  I have always been creative and designed things, but I never imagined it would lead to jewelry design.  I love my life as a designer!

I’m currently working on…

building my new brand and all the aspects that entails. I am also working on my designer challenge piece for Phoenix Fashion Week.  

Always…

be honest.

Never…

do something unless you are going to give it 100%.

Favorite Quote…

“Lack of planning on your part doesn’t constitute an emergency on my part.”

Biggest Dream…

be successful, retire early, travel, ENJOY LIFE!

My Pet Peeve(s):

clutter and laziness.

Kelley West will be showing her designer collection during Phoenix Fashion Week at Talking Stick Resort October 4 – 7, 2017. Phoenix Fashion Week is the leading fashion industry event in the Southwest bridging the gap between national and international designers, premier retailers and top fashion media garnering global exposure for Arizona’s fashion industry.

Through educational fashion seminars, year-round fashion events, and charitable partnerships, Phoenix Fashion Week is gaining rapid acclaim for its community-service efforts and for infusing world-class innovation into the Southwest. For more information and tickets click here. Follow Phoenix Fashion Week on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

 



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