Clavon Leonard (USA) | Biography
At the age of twelve, Clavon had a dream of seeing people walk down the runway in his clothing. He did not fully comprehend the dream then, but saw the affinity for clothing and being well dressed grow as he watched his father. Appearance was important and his father’s care for style instilled in him his own passion to express himself through clothing. The freedom Clavon found in fashion became limited as high school required uniforms. With that restriction, then came a greater awareness of his skin color. The experiences of high school pushed Clavon to experiment with fabrics, colors, and patterns so his skin was not the only thing standing out.
At age 51, Clavon is finally living the dream he had as a young boy, a testament that it is never too late to pursue what you love. From his first NYFW show with the Set NY in 2014, doors began to open. In 2015, he showcased at Mercedes Benz New Zealand, Fashion Gallery NYFW, Fashion Week Los Angeles, to his stand alone show for NYFW in 2017. His designs have been featured in publications such as British Vogue, Tatler, and British GQ. He has dressed and styled Carla Hall of ABC’s “The Chew”, pop music’s Frankie Zulferino, and NFL star Jonathan Casillas. In three years, business has surpassed what Clavon imagined he appreciates his entire team who have dedicated themselves to push this brand.