Telfar Clemens is a fashion designer, and founder of the brand TELFAR. He was born to 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 modelling. In 2003, he began to create his own collection of deconstructed and reconstructed vintage clothes which he sold in boutiques on the Lower East Side and in Soho 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'.
Clemens' brand has had critical success, including winning the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Prize. In 2020, Telfar was invited to show at Pitti Uomo 97 as a guest designer for the Autumn/Winter 2020 season.