About Kjaer and Kome


Elegant, casual, unique, it’s YOU....

KOME designs for EVERY woman

Hello.  My name is Kjaer Neletia Pedersen and my line is called KOME CLOTHING.  (Kjaer: CARE” of KOME: “kayOHme”).  I majored in Art in University.  I have a B.A. and a B.Ed…. and was a teacher for most of my adult life.  I live in Vancouver with my husband, Jeff, and often have the pleasure of being with my grown sons, Karson and Quincy.

As the artist that I am, I simply love to play with various mediums.  As the beautiful young carefree woman I feel I still am, as I look in the mirror, it was, quite honestly, becoming difficult to find the clothing that represented who I really am and yet flattered my realistic female form.  Not one to give up, I thought… I can do this!  I work very hard and joyously in creating garments that are fun, easy wear and totally comfortable… KOME simply helps you in feeling happy.  Feel good in your body again.  I create one of a kind exclusive affordable items that allow every woman, of every age, and size, to be an individual.  If you enjoy compliments, easy dressing, go to items… you have come to the right place.

I create every garment myself in my North Vancouver Studio.  I sell at my studio, at private parties and fashion shows (get in touch soon for you and your guests), online as well as at major local markets such as Circle Craft, Harmony Fashion Show, Filberg Festival and Out Of Hand.  I have also been a vendor at the Butterdome, Calgary Market, and Creative Chaos.

I taught elementary, secondary and University level Art and I have run my own clay studio.  I jumped into creating with fabrics a few years ago and I am having a blast and making a good living thanks to the support of my ongoing customers.  Not even I knew I could sew.  Everyone questioned my determination to create a clothing line, but, with my artistic background and mathematical foundation, I began by free hand cutting and sewing … and it worked!

I create one of a kind garments, using silks, rayons, cottons, linens and sometimes polyester.  I love to repurpose garments, I also dye, bleach, paint, stamp and appliqué pieces.    I enjoy hunting for fabulous fabrics wherever I travel and then I free hand cut and personally sew everything.  I even have made many of the buttons I use as I also work with clay.  I am totally involved in every detail of the KOME Clothing Line.  Even most of the photographs I take myself.  I approach all of my work with an artist’s eye and I know I have a flair for beauty of my garments and attention to detail.  

I guess what I love most about my line is that every woman can wear my clothes.  Women rejoice in the way my garments fit and flow off their body without seemingly covering up anything.   My one-of-a-kind work and my basics prove that there is something for everyone.  I am confident that you will enjoy a sense of art and individuality in your KOME garments, and appreciate that the same piece can be worn in both your daily life and for your special occasions..  Dress KOME up or casual.  I look forward to communicating with you on your personal needs… get in touch:) …or, of course, shop fearlessly online now.  You can exchange if you should happen to make a mistake for what you really want… but, women LOVE my work… you will too!  tata for now :) … Kjaer 

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AT MY KOME STUDIO, YOU CAN FEEL TOTALLY COMFORTABLE WITH NO OBLIGATION TO BUY.  MY LOVELY STUDIO IS INFORMAL, PERSONALIZED AND PRIVATE.  MY CREATIONS ARE AFFORDABLE, UNIQUE AND SO VERY COMFORTABLE.  TRY HUNDREDS OF ONE OF A KIND CREATIONS ALL DESIGNED, CUT AND SEWN BY KJAER.  THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING A SMALL BUSINESS AND AN ETHICAL WAY OF SHOPPING.  I LOVE SILKS, RAYONS, BAMBOO. LINENS AND STILL FIND SOME POLYESTERS I LOVE, I SUPPORT CANADIAN FABRIC COMPANIES WHEN I CAN.  I USE RECYCLED CLOTHING OFTEN AND RECREATE IT.  I ALWAYS DONATE SCRAPS TO ANOTHER SEAMSTRESS WHO USES EVERY BIT OF FABRIC FOR ALL SORTS OF CREATIVE IDEAS.  I GIVE BACK TO THE COMMUNITY BY DONATING TO THE LOCAL HOMELESS WHAT THE NEED.. TOOTHBRUSHES, SHAMPOO, SOAP, SOCKS, ETC!  I AM A TEACHER AND I DONATE MY TIME AND ART SUPPLIES TO AN AFTER ART PROGRAM IN A LOCAL SCHOOL OF LOW INCOME FAMILIES.  CHECK OUT WWW.ARTFORSCHOOLS.CA 

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A LITTLE INFORMATION ABOUT KJAER AND THE K-O.ME LINE

  • I LIVE IN WEST VANCOUVER
  • WORK IN MY STUDIO AT THE ARTISTS STUDIOS ON 195 PEMBERTON, NORTH VANCOUVER
  • KJAER IS PRONOUNCED AS CARE
  • K-O.ME IS PRONOUNCED AS KAYOHME
  • THE K-O.ME NAME COMES FROM KJAER ORIGINALS AND WAS SHORTENED TO K. O. .. WITH THE INTENTION OF USING .CA OR .COM… BUT.. WHEN THESE WERE NOT AVAILABLE.. AND K-O.ME WAS AVAILABLE I THOUGHT – GREAT!!!... AND MY COMPANY NAME BECAME KAYOHME!!!
  • I WAS BORN AN ARTIST – I LOVE IN PARTICULAR DOING CHARCOAL PORTRAITS AND LARGE CLAY CREATIONS
  • TEACHER FOR MANY YEARS IN ALL GRADES AND SUBJECTS - LATELY TAUGHT EXCLUSIVELY SECONDARY SCHOOL AND UNIVERSITY LEVEL ART 
  • ARTIST + MATHEMATICIAN = WOMEN’S CLOTHING DESIGNER … RIGHT?
  • I DO, OR RECENTLY HAVE DONE, LARGE MARKETS SUCH AS CIRCLE CRAFT, FILBERG FESTVAL, OUT OF HAND, PORTOBELLO WEST, KRIS KRINGLE, BUTTERDOME, HARMONY FASHION SHOW AND CALGARY SIGNATURE SHOW, ETC.
  • I DESIGN, FREE HAND CUT AND SEW EVERY GARMENT MYSELF… 
  • A FEW PIECES I DO BY SIZE… SUCH AS TANKS/TUNICS/DRESSES/SKIRTS AND OCCASIONALLY I MAKE PANTS 
  • I SO ENJOY DOING FASHION SHOWS WHERE WOMEN CAN BUY THE WORK RIGHT AWAY - LOOK ON MY SITE FOR UPCOMING LOCAL SHOWS
  • PLEASE NOTE THAT I OFTEN CREATE WITH THE SEAM SIDE OUT BECAUSE I LIKE MY SEAMS – SOME PIECES CAN BE WORN EITHER WAY SOME MUST BE WORN FOR FULL EFFECT THE WAY THE ARTIST INTENDED 
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THINKING ABOUT WHAT WOMEN WANT FROM CLOTHES, KJAER--A DANISH NAME, PRONOUNCED “CARE”--NELETIA PEDERSEN SAW A NEED AND SET ABOUT MEETING IT. 
 
“WOMEN OF ALL AGES AND SIZES WANT TO DRESS WITH STYLE, CONFIDENCE AND EASE,” KJAER SAYS. “WE WANT TO LOOK GOOD AND FEEL FABULOUS.” THE PROBLEM WAS FAMILIAR TO HER: HANDMADE ARTISTIC CLOTHES ARE USUALLY MADE TO BE WORN AT SPECIAL OCCASIONS, NOT EVERY DAY. SO SHE DECIDED TO CREATE A LINE OF TIMELESS, AGELESS, AND EVEN SIZELESS FASHION THAT IS BOTH ELEGANT AND AS EASY TO WEAR FOR EVENING, WORK AND TRAVEL AS IT IS FOR PLAY. THE RESULT WAS HER KOME LINE--STYLISH, UNIQUE AND RELAXED. 
 
SHE HAS BEEN AN ARTIST (AND ART TEACHER) ALL HER LIFE, A PASSION INHERITED FROM HER DANISH FATHER. SHE HAS DRAWN PORTRAITS IN CHARCOAL AND WORKED IN PAINTS AND PASTELS. SHE WAS ALSO A DEDICATED POTTER. BUT WHEN SHE BEGAN WORKING WITH FABRIC SHE KNEW SHE HAD FOUND HER TRUE MEDIUM. 
 
“THERE IS NO DOUBT THAT CLOTHING TRANSFORMS YOU, EMPOWERS YOU AND GIVES YOU JOY,” SHE SAYS. IN FACT, MAKING PEOPLE FEEL GOOD IS HER MAIN MOTIVATION. IT’S A LOT OF WORK: AS WELL AS DESIGNING AND SEWING ONE-OF-A-KIND PIECES, SHE ALSO DOES HER OWN MARKETING. THESE DAYS A LOT OF SALES COME FROM HER WEBSITE.
 
“I FOCUS ON JACKETS, USING BAMBOO, RAYON, POLYESTER AND MY REAL LOVE, SILK. AS WELL AS DRESSES I MAKE RUANAS (A KIND OF OPEN-FRONTED WRAP) PONCHOS, TOPS, TANKS AND TUNICS.”
 
RUNNING A ONE-WOMAN BUSINESS IS A CHALLENGE. SOURCING CAN BE A PROBLEM, AND KJAER TRIES TO USE CANADIAN SUPPLIERS WHEN SHE CAN.  SHE MOST ENJOYS BUYING MATERIALS IN SMALL QUANTITIES IN HER TRAVELS SO THAT EACH PIECE IS DIFFERENT.
 
“I WANT TO CREATE JOY IN MY CLOTHING LINE,” SHE SAYS. AND REGULARLY SHE SUCCEEDS. “I SEE WOMEN AT MY SELLING EVENTS TRYING ON A PIECE AND LITERALLY DANCING.”
                                                                                                                  
Written by Michael and Keiko Boxall for Japanese Web Magazine
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I AM A CANADIAN BORN ARTIST WHO NOW CREATES TIMELESS, ETHICAL AND VERY WELL MADE CLOTHING.  I AM A ONE WOMAN BUSINESS!  I CHOOSE TO MAKE VERY SPECIAL PIECES THAT YOU WILL PROUDLY WEAR.  I WORK SLOWLY, CAREFULLY AND LOVINGLY WHILE ALWAYS LOOKING FORWARD TO MY CREATIONS FINDING THEIR FOREVER HOME WITH YOU.  I CREATE FOR EVERY SIZE WOMAN.. PETITE, PLUS, TALL, CURVY.  I WANT YOU TO ROCK YOUR BODY IN MY CLOTHES.  I TRULY BELIEVE THAT EVERY SIZE IS BEAUTIFUL AND EVERY PIECE IS ALWAYS MADE WITH LOVE PERSONALLY BY ME.

CONSIDER BUYING HANDMADE AND SUPPORTING A LIVING ARTIST.  PROMOTING MY LINE BY WEARING, SHARING AND SHOWING WILL INSPIRE OTHERS TO SHOP SMALL AND SUPPORT SMALL BUSINESSES.

MY INTENTION IS TO CREATE EVERY PIECE AS A UNIQUE FLATTERING GARMENT THAT IS EVERYDAY EXTRAORDINARY.  MY GOAL IS THAT YOU CAN RELAX IN YOUR BODY AND FEEL TOTALLY ALIVE, GORGEOUS AND VERY COMFORTABLE.  LOOK IN THE MIRROR AND FEEL GREAT!  YOUR CHOSEN GARMENTS ARE VERSATILE AND TRAVEL WELL AS MOST ARE LIGHT AS A FEATHER.  WOMEN BUY MY LINE FOR SPECIAL OCCASIONS, STREETWEAR, CRUISE WEAR, STAGE PERFORMANCES BY BOTH ACTORS AND SINGERS, MOTHER OF THE BRIDE OR GROOM AND I HAVE SHIPPED LITERALLY ALL OVER THE WORLD.  MY GARMENTS HAVE OFTEN BEEN WORN AT THE VANCOUVER FASHION WEEK AND EVEN HAVE TAKEN THE STAGE AT THE AUSTRALIAN FASHION WEEK.  YES, MY INTENTION IS TO HAVE SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE WHICH INCLUDES NOT ONLY HUNDREDS OF GARMENTS IN MY STUDIO BUT, ALSO BUDGET SALE ITEMS ARE ALWAYS AVAILABLE TOO.

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KJAER NELETIA PEDERSEN OF KOME CLOTHING

          AND AS AN ARTIST AND AN ART TEACHER FOR GRADES 1 TO 12 - MOST RECENTLY TEACHING SECONDARY AND UNIVERSITY LEVEL ART... YOU CAN LOOK AT: 

                             ARTFORSCHOOLS.CA

BY THE WAY... DO YOU KNOW THAT I CREATE EVERY SINGLE PIECE MYSELF... JUST FOR YOU

 

NOTE, AS AN ARTIST, I FIND THAT I AM FOREVER CHANGING. I AM NOW WORKING WITH DIFFERENT FABRICS, DIFFERENT DESIGNS AND SELLING MORE TO BOUTIQUES.  I LIKE THE CHANGES THAT I HAVE MADE AND I LOVE THAT I CAN ALWAYS KEEP A SALE RACK IN MY STUDIO FOR YOU… SEE YOU SOON… EVERY FIRST SATURDAY OF THE MONTH FROM 12 TO 4 OR CALL FOR AN APPOINTMENT 604-612-6070