Telfar Clemens was born to native Liberian parents in Queens New York. At the age of five Clemens lived in Liberia with his mother and four siblings, the family returned to live in the United States after the outbreak of the second Liberian civil war (1999-2003). In 2002 Clemens moved to New York to pursue a career in modeling. In 2003 he began to create his own collection of deconstructed and reconstructed vintage clothes which he sold in the Lower East Side and Soho boutiques in New York City. In 2004 he launched his own fashion label entitled ‘TELFAR’. Telfar’s collection incorporates unisex designs with the principles of comfortable sportswear and ‘simplexity’.