Paulette Cleghorn joined the Board of Directors of the Friends of Thirteen in 2016. Paulette Cleghorn serves as creative director of Ashdon Brands housing such high profile bridal and special occasion labels such as Victor Harper, Cristiano Lucci, Simone Carvalli, Ashley & Justin, Zoey Grey and Disney’s Royal Ball. She also serves as head designer and creative director at Yumi Katsura Couture since 2010 and previously as Head of Strategic Alliances and North American expansion to the legendary designer since 2007. Katsura is one of Japan’s and the world’s most prolific design houses, whose wedding dresses and couture creations are considered modern masterpieces.
For the past eight years, Ashdon has showcased Paulette’s unique brand of creativity and innovation that are equally married with a keen business acumen. With a background that spans the range of fashion, cosmetics, governmental, non-profit work, and marketing, Paulette has created a niche for herself and her respective companies that is founded on her ability to create and seek industry trends, combined with an acute sense of how to communicate, market, and sell them. Successfully launching over 350 products and 25 brands to the North American market, from bridal and fashion to cosmetics and jewelry, Cleghorn is known for her no-nonsense approach as well as her expert execution and ability to effectively build brands and bring ideas to life. Charged with launching and marketing the first bridal collection for the iconic Disney brand, she was able to break industry sales, brand expansion, and product placement records in the inaugural season.
Before entering the world of fashion, Ms. Cleghorn served as Director of Product and Media Relations for the British based billion dollar cosmetics company The Body Shop and was the US spokesperson for dynamic company founder, Anita Roddick. Ms. Cleghorn has also served as guest lecturer on topics from fashion and advertising to body image, social responsibility and skin care at prestigious institutions such as Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and FIT/Fashion Institute of Technology. Ashdon brands have been worn by celebrities around the world and have been featured in major publications globally, as well as on mainstream media and a wide array of television programs. Ms. Cleghorn has been interviewed extensively and has appeared on many shows on networks including NBC, ABC, CBS and Fox News. In addition, along with her business partner Elizabeth Sellassie, they co-own Designer Loft – a bustling bridal salon in the heart of New York City.