Cally Rieman is a New York-based clothing designer presenting her KAL RIEMAN Fall 2014 women’s ready to wear debut collection for retail. Beginning in 2009 with a small capsule collection, Cally has been establishing a following of private clients and gradually expanding the collection to meet the needs of the retail environment.
Having worked in the fashion industry for nearly ten years in both women’s wear and men’s wear, her clothing is marked by the breadth of her experience, “tough and chic, austerity without pretense. I design clothing for women that embodies the grace and ease that makes men’s wear so powerful.”
Born the youngest of five children in a blue-collar family in Ohio, she learned the value of perseverance and industry at an early age. Her father was a machinist and her mother worked nights as a police officer while running the household by day. An avid swimmer and honors student, Cally modeled herself after her mother, managing a full schedule without ever losing site of her ambitions. Transforming her hand-me-downs into her own tomgirl style, she began to establish her unique aesthetic from an early age.
Cally took an unconventional path into the world of fashion, graduating from Denison University with a degree in East Asian Studies and Political Science. Her interest in fashion began during a study program in Taiwan, where she taught English to the owner of a textile manufacturing and marketing company. After graduation, she spent four years working in finance before pursuing a degree in fashion design at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Her design career began at Jean Charles de Castelbajac in Paris working on his Fall 2001 men’s and women’s wear collections. She landed in New York in 2002 as a design assistant for Rubin Chapelle’s women’s wear collection. As a designer for Hilfiger’s H men’s line, she solidified her experience in tailored goods and began to work towards starting her own collection. She has always admired the strength and simplicity of men’s wear and set out to build a collection that achieved that same sophisticated, effortless dressing for women.