Light as a feather ABOUT
Leah Chalfen Founder and designer
Hat designer and plumassier extraordinaire Leah Chalfen is a pioneering designer who is famous for her artistry in headwear in the high fashion industry. Now, she brings that same attention to detail, her expert feather hand work and traditional millinery techniques, to the high-end world of interiors. Her debut collection, Light As A Feather by Leah C. is a collection of lamp shades, finials and wall decor exemplifying timeless accent pieces that highlight her unrivaled couture style.
After receiving her bachelor of arts in foreign languages from Temple University, she studied millinery at New York City’s famed Fashion Institute of Technology, completed her graduate study under master milliner Patricia Underwood and trained with the head milliner of the Metropolitan Opera’s costume department. She was also asked by Tim Gunn of Project Runway, to teach millinery at the famed Parson’s School of Design in New York City where she did so for several years.
For 15 years Leah C. creations have been sought after by the world’s top talent in the high fashion Industry. Fashion editors such as Patti Wilson, Brana Wolf, Anne Christensen, Lori Goldstien, Christiane Arp and Alistar McKimm amongst many other incredible talents, incorporated Leah C. creations in culture making editorial layouts. From International Vogue magazines to the prestigious Harper's Bazaar, Leah C. head-wear has been shot by photographers such as Karl Lagerfeld, Ellen von Unwerth, Solve Sundsbo, Steven Meisel, Bruce Weber and the legendary Irving Penn. She established Leah C. Couture Millinery in 2000 and continues to live and work in the big apple.
Cyndi Melton Partner
With her love of art and design, Cyndi fluently planned corporate events and weddings NYC and Florida. She lived abroad for several years as a group specialist in marketing and sales for luxury hotel brands and edited the style pages for a British newspaper in Spain. She currently lives in Houston, Texas where she zealously works as business partner with Leah on Light As A Feather by Leah C.
Two grand friends pair up to add charming professionalism to the interiors world!
Leah Chalfen and Cyndi Melton met in New York’s iconic West Village over a decade ago and have since worked together on a variety of professional objectives, each traveled the world and have serendipitously been brought back together once again.
Their combined backgrounds form a complementary and creative partnership under the guise of the newly launched Light As A Feather by Leah C.
The duo contributes strong design, creative, PR, sales and marketing backgrounds respectively, making working with these dynamic women fun, not work! Not to mention together they can conduct business in 4+ languages.