Born in 1975 in Zagreb, Croatia, Ivana Kalafatic's tendencies were always on the more international and eccentric side of things. She started out with a degree in international relations from the highly esteemed James Madison College, Michigan State University, before working in communications for the US Department of Justice under Janet Reno during former-president Bill Clinton's term. She also worked for the Croatian Embassy and then moved back to Detroit to Manning Salvage & Lee PR, where she worked directly with General Motors.
Having a need for creativity, Kalafatic left GM in 2000 and began her own trend-based jewellery company, I Spy, which was sold in over 700 different locations internationally, including Neiman Marcus and Sephora. The line was also featured by In Style, MN and Glamour, even on Oscar winner Charlize Theron during the SAG awards.
Having met and partnered with photographer Emin Kadi, they joined creative forces and gave birth to Clear magazine