About Claudia ::
Hi! My name is Claudia Cerrato and I’m the owner of City Kid Style, a Seattle based girls’ clothing company. I worked in the field of Early Childhood Education for many years and while I loved working with children and families, I always had an itch to be doing something a little more creative. I’ve enjoyed sewing since I was a child and have always had a sewing machine in the back of my closet for projects here and there. But when my daughter was born I pulled that machine out and started sewing girls’ clothing and I never really stopped. It was an addiction! I was inspired by my daughter to make clothing for girls that was hip and cool but still a touch girly. I started scouring second hand stores and combining old fabrics with new fabrics to create one of a kind and limited edition items. A big challenge for me was finding comfortable jersey knit fabrics with cool prints. Which is why I was absolutely thrilled to discover Girl Charlee Fabrics. Stripes, florals, geo prints, motorcycles… I was in heaven!
At the end of my daughter’s first grade year I quit my “real job” in Education to focus on starting a business. I officially launched City Kid Style in September of 2013. I started out mainly offering one of a kind dresses, all handmade by me. I got more and more demand to offer more of a full line including leggings, pants, tops, etc… But that was far more than I could handle myself! Therefore, I recently enlisted the help of a few local sewists in the Seattle area to help me with my sewing, as well as a professional pattern maker to help me fine tune my designs. Last month I launched my first full line and I’m thrilled with the results. I’m now able to offer leggings, a few tops, pants and tunics. And of course I have Girl Charlee to thank for all of the amazing fabrics! And because I have help sewing most of the basics, I’m able to really be creative and still offer one of a kind items made from a combination of new and upcycled fabrics that I sew myself.
I absolutely love the creativity of this business. I constantly have new design ideas swirling around in my head. I used to lay in bed at night kept awake by thoughts of classroom budgets, school enrollment numbers, and big deadlines. Now I lay awake thinking about new clothing designs and fabric choices... much better I think! And best of all, this business allows me to work from home allowing me way more time with my family!
Visit City Kid Style online today!
~ Heather & The Girl Charlee Team