ABOUT OUR FOUNDER. SHE WANTS YOU TO KNOW THE REAL WOMAN BEHIND THE CREATIONS AND THE COMPANY
"Do what makes you happy." Ben'a Klier
Ben'a Felita Klier born Ben'a Felita Brown hails from Linden, NJ. Her passion for fashion came from her mother Lillie who made 90% of Ben'a and her two sisters clothing. Ben'a would sit by her mothers side in her mother's sewing room watching and learning, dreaming of becoming like her mother; a self taught seamtress and visionary.
Fast forward to when Ben'a while in her sophmore and junior year in High School she was accepted into a fashion program at Richmond Vocational Tech in Richmond, Va. The program was part of the vocational training program for high school students. Half Academics half Vocational. Ben'a always had the dream of being a fashion designer. The school gave her a taste of what it would be like. One of her first creations was a baby blue taffeta side split ankle length gown for which she entered into a city wide competition. She won second place.
Fast forward to learning how to repurpose clothing, the days of Cross Colors and the Hip Hop culture of the 1980's Ben'a would paint various designs on jeans, sneakers, hats and jackets. That was the beginning or taking the paint and then in the 1990's furniture repurposing and being inspired by the infamous life of Coco Chanel. Ben'a admired her drive and creativity Coco Chanel is an Icon. Ben'a took a turn wanting the same yet to just create what came to her mind. Ben'a found peace in creating and allowing herself to just take what is in her mind, sketch, drape and then put it together.
"It's a feeling of peace I get when I see my thoughts come to life" Ben'a Klier
Ben'a has taken her diagnosis of having ADD/ADHD and PTSD and turned it into fuel for her creations. From surviving breast cancer three times, mental health issues, being bullied as a young adult to heartbreaks and losing a husband, father and a child within a year Ben'a is a "Warrior". Creating fashions for those who are unique and have their own triumphs is what fuels her even more.
"To sum up my fashion line... Call it UNAPOLOGETICALLY UNIQUE" Ben'a Klier
"To sum up my collection for survivors...W.O.R.S.T BEHAVIOR.. WE OVERCAME REAL SITUATIONS" yeah that's it." Ben'a Klier
House of La'Rue Fashions with Passion is more than just a fashion house. Ben'a is a certified mentor, transformational coach, model coach, motivator and just an authentic person who loves to see people grow into their purpose.