I discovered my love and talent for art while growing up along the coast of South Carolina. As much as I loved art, I never considered seeking a degree in it, but instead obtained a business degree from my beloved Clemson University. Fast-forward a few years: I married, became a young mom of two active, sports-obsessed sons, and worked as a fitness instructor, owning my own business. Suffice it to say, I learned what it truly meant to be on the go.
Once my kids were old enough, my art went from “dabbling”, to passion, to full-blown career. I worked for more than a decade as a commissioned and gallery-represented artist in Charlotte, N.C, mainly working in oils, painting contemporary landscapes; however, an increasing busy schedule led me to gravitate to mediums that allowed me to work faster and more productively. I turned to abstracts, working in acrylics, inks, and even digital design, experimenting with this new direction where art and my love for exercise (and obsession for activewear) overlapped, and where the idea of k. alley lifestyle was born!
In addition to being unique and beautiful, I demand that my products to be practical. Because let’s face it: I’m picky. My desire was that my apparel and accessories be both stylish and comfortable — pieces that can seamlessly transition from a Pilates class to my art studio to the tailgate, etc... wardrobe staples for everyday busy life!
As we have grown I have also curated a collection of jewelry created by other artisans from around the country that I love. For my fellow Clemson peeps, you will find an entire line of "Tiger" items in "The Tiger Shop" that you will not find anywhere else. This has become a huge part of my business and I love the support from my fellow Tiger Alum!
Most all my products incorporate my own art and designs — not those of some company halfway across the planet. They are created with love and sewn with soul — and I hope you love wearing/using them as much as I have enjoyed creating them.