Most women remember the childhood magic of playing dress up in their mother’s wardrobe. When Kelly Dillon was little, the game was different. She got lost in a world so vivid it felt almost real. As she grew up, unlike many little girls who abandon their early loves, Kelly had the courage to hold on to her dream: of combining art and joie de vivre into beautiful clothing. Today, the small town girl from Nelson Mandela Bay, South Africa, has grown into the owner of her own blossoming fashion house. (Some might say fashion empire in the making). It’s the stuff dreams are made of.
Bachelor of Technology Fashion Design (Cum Laude) Graduate at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
Winner ELLE Magazine Designer of the Year Competition
Most Creative Emerging Creative' award at the Design Indaba
Collaboration with Mr Price (designed a limited edition female winter collection)
Launch of her own business, Kelly Mae Bespoke
Launch second brand, Kelly Mae Dillon
Kelly’s work is regularly featured in national magazines [e.g. Elle, Cosmopolitan, Glamour], as well as on television, radio and in the local newspaper.
All Kelly’s creations are made in a picturesque studio in Nelson Mandela Bay, where the Kelly Mae team is proud to have brought two brands to life, namely Kelly Mae Bespoke and Kelly Mae Dillon.
The Bespoke brand specializes in bridal, matric dance and evening wear garments, crafting individually tailored (i.e. made to order) pieces. Whereas the Kelly Mae Dillon brand, although equally chic, has a broader fashion spectrum, and a distinct focus on ready to wear garments for men, women and kids.
Kelly’s youthful passion and creative spirit, along with her eye for elegance and style, are the leitmotif in all her collections, and the evident golden thread in both Kelly Mae brands.
KMD continues to run on the same flame of passion that sparked inside the little girl in her mother’s wardrobe. This sense of history and tradition continues in the DNA of the business, which honours the special relationship Kelly had with her name-sake grandfather, Derek Garth Kelly Mitchell.
Derek, affectionately referred to as “Ou Kat” by Kelly, played an integral part in her life and in remembering him, Kelly continues to inspire others with her honest and welcoming professionalism towards what she feels called to do – empowering others by recognizing their worth, through the creation of authentic and meaningful garments that tell a story – your story.
We at KM strive to make delivery as easy and affordable as possible. Please see our shipping options below:
LOCAL DELIVERY TO YOUR DOOR IN SA:
We send all orders via courier. Aramex couriers to all major cities (taking approximately 3-5 working days from our receipt of proof of payment). Aramex also couriers to all outlying areas (taking approximately 3-7 working days from our receipt of proof of payment). Please note that we charge a fee of R80 for all orders under R850. Orders over R850 will have no courier charges.
Please note that deliveries take place between Monday and Friday, within our business hours, 8am to 5pm. If an order is made on a Friday, or during the weekend, it will be processed on the following Monday.
Please provide us with your name, address (incl. your postal code) and contact number, in case the courier company needs to contact you. Please ensure that someone is able to receive your products at the address specified.
PORT ELIZABETH COLLECTION AT THE KM STUDIO:
This option is free, and your order can be collected at our studio (34 Villiers Road Walmer). Please note that collection times are Monday – Friday, 8:30-4:30. Prior arrangement of a collection time would be greatly appreciated.
You are most welcome to contact us on email@example.com to discuss international rates as this will be per scenario, and subject to change.
We want you and your little one to be completely happy with your purchase.
Should you wish to exchange a non-defective product within 5-days of the date that it was delivered, please retain the product in its original packaging, with labels attached. Please do not wear or wash the product at all when making exchanges.
To arrange an exchange, you can email us on firstname.lastname@example.org to check on stock availability.
Please note that Kelly Mae Dillon will not be liable for any courier costs and that the costs incurred are to be covered by the client.
Should you wish to make an exchange, please contact us within a maximum of 5 days of upon your receipt of purchase.
We assure you that all our products are quality checked before leaving our premises. In the event that there is a fault with your purchased product, we sincerely apologise. Please note however, that garments damaged due to negligence are non-refundable and will not be replaced. Please send us a photo of the defect when sending through your email to email@example.com. We will assess with considerate discretion and do everything we can to make this an easy process for all parties concerned.