Fashion designer ‘Donna Chela’ showcases designs; building brand

Donna Chela

Elmira native, Kali Gonzalez is a fashion designer. 

She goes by the name ‘Donna Chela’, which is widely becomming a recognized name.

Born Kali C. Gonzalez, she takes pride in making her designs stand out. With unique, fresh and new looks, all her work is handcrafted and inspired by her life.

Many of her ideas for pieces have been aided by her late grandmother who taught her a great deal about design.

“She inspired me to thrift shop and I would always bargain on a budget, and that was the start of it,” said Gonzalez. “We would go to Joann fabrics. She would be flipping through the magazines and I’d be looking at all the stuff because I’d be so interested,” added Gonzalez. 

With new designs in store for the future Donna Chela looks for new inspiration everyday. She enjoys making clothing her own and transforming them into something special.

For more about Donna Chela and her designs follow her social media feeds: 

Instagram: _donnachela

Facebook: Donna Chela


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