Feature Friday: Kloth | Bar


I am so excited for this feature! Kim and I met while we were both working for a Calgary non-profit a few years ago. I have learned so much about life from this woman. Not only is she incredibly wise, she is one the most effortlessly stylish and kind-hearted people I know. She is not afraid to give her opinion and knows exactly what you need to hear. She has opened a cool clothing boutique in Calgary where she shares her love for style and people. Here's more of her story.

Tell me a little bit about yourself and your work. Where are you from? What do you do?

I'm Kimberly French.  A Personal Stylist & Shopper turned Boutique Partner at Kloth | Bar.

After a decade of helping men & women create the ultimate look, I've now created the perfect environment to achieve it!

While I'm not a true Calgarian, I am definitely a true Canadian.  Although, my styling skills truly formed during my 10 years residing throughout the USA and Europe as a coach's wife.
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What inspires you to do what you do? How did you start doing this work?

There is nothing better professionally, then witnessing the client transformation.  That moment when the image they are projecting on the outside reflects who they are on the inside.  It's like no other to be apart of such a personal experience, including my own.
It was shortly after the birth of our first child that I struggled with my own wardrobe & image.  Unable to find honest assistance, I began to research brands, trends, styles, fabrics and I truly immersed myself in understanding of styling as a whole.  The evolution to stylist happened organically by assisting those nearest & dearest to then being referred & hired to work with individuals unknown.  The work spoke for itself!

What inspires you most about your community?

I've had the privilege to live in various cities and experience endless cultures, which eliminates the boundaries in the fashion sense.  Specifically, in Calgary, there is a notion that the fashion scene plays it safe and thats not necessarily true.  Women in YYC want to experiment with their wardrobes, they just don't know where to start and how to achieve.  There is a sense of permission and encouragement required for each styling situation.  It's affording Calgarians an opportunity to live authentically through their clothes, and be as diverse as their city.

If you could give anyone who is starting out in your field one piece of advice, what would it be?

The best advice I can give is two-fold:
  • Do the extra.  Go above and beyond.  It's the extra that gets you noticed.
  • Do what you love.  It's truly your innate talent that will lead to success, not necessarily a degree.

Tell me three fun facts about yourself or your organization.

  1. I used to work in the NHL for the Toronto Maple Leafs.
  2. I've once sold the shirt off my back in a major Canadian city.
  3. When customers come into Kloth | Bar looking amazing, we have to snap a pic.  Regardless of whether you're wearing our garments or not.  Our appreciation for style knows no boundaries.

How can people get in touch?

Facebook: Kloth Bar

Instagram: @Kloth_bar

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xo _ britt