WHY WE LOVE MAKING CLOTHING
KMKDesigns is a mother daughter locally owned and operated business in St. Paul, MN . It began in 2008 from mutual love of creating and the desire to create fabulous costumes. It grew to much more than that. Both of us discovered that through our creations we could help men and women of all shapes, sizes and types to feel more confident and beautiful. The true nature of fashion is to create the feeling of beauty and confidence no matter who you are.
Today KMKDesigns has grown into a specialty business that works on making vision into reality. Now KMKDesigns is not only a costume business but we have our own line of alternative clothing and bridal garments and often create custom designs from scratch for clients who have a vision they can’t find anywhere else.
Here at KMK we work with each person to create a one of kind idea. Starting with an inspiration or conversation, we can sketch up a new gown that is completely unique to that person.
Today we have grown to 3 times the space and KMK has several in house helpers help us continue to expand and grow.
When you purchase from KMKDesigns you are supporting a USA made local artists who craft each item in our shop custom to order. Our design style includes but is not limited to, Steampunk, Gothic, Victorian, Gothic Lolita, and Edwardian fashion inspirations.
---Owner, Creator, Manager
Sheridyn McClain has been sewing for as long as she can remember. She started by sewing dolls clothing when she was young out of sheets and twine. She has worked as a costumer, alternation specialist & hobbyist for over 35 years before starting KMK with her daughter.
---Owner, Designer, Creator, Manager
Kaitlyn McClain has loved art all of her life. She discovered that clothing design could give her an creative outlet that could help women and men gain confidence and beauty in everyday life. She studied Fashion Design at St. Catherine University. In 2012 she graduated with an award of best senior collection of her year.
---Creator, Booth Helper
Shannon is one of our in shop sewing gals. She helps us in the studio to create KMKDesigns clothing. She makes most of our popular jumper styles and often stays after work to sew on her own projects. She has an art background and often comes to help at the KMK booth for conventions.
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Elise went to two colleges and graduated from neither. She does Facebook posts and any odd jobs around the place so the gals can sew your beautiful creations. She enjoys Kung Fu, Dungeons and Dragons, Star Wars and playing video games. She works as a bookseller at a local used bookstore as well as slinging paper at KMK.
Angeline, is one of our wonderful in-shop sewing gals! She graduated from The university of MN with an arts degree. She works mainly with all of the shops skirt and petticoats but often works on many other projects. On the side she has done some custom artwork for buttons and promotional designs for KMK. You may see her at the booth at certain events and conventions helping out selling.
-Creator, Booth Helper
Lauren graduated from Minnesota State University Mankato. She worked in the costume shop in college as well as the Highland Summer Theater. She was also a seamstress at the Opera Theater of St Louis. At KMK she enjoys tailoring menswear and doing cosplay with leather work. She lives in the Twin Cities with her two cats Oscar and Mitzi. You’ll see her at booths and conventions!
-Creator, Booth Helper
Kaylin works in the studio sewing corsets: underbusts, overbusts, corset vests and corset jackets. She also makes boleros, evening gowns, and helps on other projects around the shop. In her free time, Kaylin sews at home. She has 17 (more or less) cosplays planned for this summer and is obsessed with Moana, singing "Shiny" around the shop every time something sparkles.