Diana E. Kelly
Hey Readers please welcome Diana, a beautiful, new, young, entrepreneur and shoe designer!
First off, Diana is ever charming, and you feel like her best friend from first contact!
I heard about Diana about over a year ago. I had a mutual friend tell me how beautiful she was, amazingly talented, and a phenomenal piano player.  Diana was first brought to my attention when she won Miss. Gainesville. I then started to follow her on twitter, and have watched her hard work and humbleness of her shoe line come into fruition. Diana is a sweetie-pie, a true southern belle with a heart full of grace and charisma. She is truly a remarkable woman and a great role model for our generation. 
Let’s Meet Diana… 

How did you get started designing shoes and coming into fruition of Diana E Kelly?

Ever since I was a little girl I have loved art and design and used to sketch on basically anything I could get my hands on (ie: napkins, looseleaf paper, etc). Three years ago I started designing a game day clothing line but since I was in school I did not have the time it took to really launch the company. Last year I was driving up for my second year of my masters program at UF and realized a change needed to be made. It was my father who pushed me to follow my design dream and it was last October when we switched from game day clothing to women’s leather shoes. After putting the line together in October, we started looking for responsible factories come November. We completed our sampling in March, placed our order, went into production over the summer and started selling our first collection about five weeks ago.

What gives you the inspiration for your different looks, styles, and colors? 

I pull inspiration from all aspects of my life but my original inspiration came from vintage brooches. Ever since I was a little girl I have collected brooches and love seeing what one piece can do for a dress, scarf, up-do and now.. A shoe!

Where do you plan on taking your new shoe line, Diana E Kelly? 

My dream is to build the brand internationally with high quality, comfort, and affordability, but as my father says “Diana, you need to walk before you run” so currently we are focusing on providing an exceptional value for our customers.

Where can we find and shop Diana E Kelly? 
You can find the brand in about twenty boutiques nationwide currently including Ilene’s for Fashion right here in Gainesville, and also online at www.dianaekelly.com.

How much fun has it been as Miss Gainesville? What has that become and where has it taken you?

Having the chance to be Miss Gainesville has been an incredible blessing. It has provided so many opportunities to get into the greets city of Gainesville and be a part of community events. One of my most favorite memories was participating in Shand’s Arts for Kids day, where we had the chance to craft and paint with children staying at Shands. For more information on the Miss Gainesville pageant, please go to www.missgainesville.com.

You were also in the Miss Florida pageant? How did you do, what was that like?

Competing in Miss Florida was an experience of a lifetime! Growing up I never thought about participating in a pageant but the more I learned about the Miss America organization and all of the scholarship opportunities available to young women the more I wanted to be a part of the program. This past July, I competed in Miss Florida and placed first runner-up, which was a ticket to the National Sweetheart Pageant, held in Hoopeston, IL. This was the first time I had competed at a national level and it was an incredible honor to represent our great state of Florida, place third runner-up and meet so many other talented women from across the nation!

What an amazing story, right? Doesn’t she sound like a doll?
Her shoes are even better…

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3 Responses to Diana E. Kelly

  1. I love her already, she’s gorgeous! I’m gonna have to look into some of those shoes!

  2. S says:

    Girl, I adore her already! She’s gorgeous, smart and her shoes/handbags are amazing!! i will have to put her items on my holiday wish list 🙂

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