Urban Loft Window Treatments is a nationally acclaimed lifestyle brand founded in Philadelphia by interior designer Claudia Clobes Yudis. We create design solutions that are inspiring, enduring & timeless. Our aesthetic combines fresh modern design, stylish elements, rustic simplicity, balance and function. Beautiful textiles, superior-quality products and 5-star customer service is our promise.
MEET CLAUDIA CLOBES YUDIS, FOUNDER & LEAD DESIGNER
Claudia works directly with clients, both residential and commercial, and also cultivates creative collaborations with interior designers, architects, and builders. Urban Loft is proud to support Philadelphia’s economy by hiring local skilled seamstresses, craftspeople, professional installers and other trades to help drive our creative vision.
From 2006-2013, Claudia was the lead designer at her boutique interior design firm, Claudia Clobes Interiors, and also worked as a design consultant for other firms in the Philadelphia area and nationally. In 2013, she rebranded and founded Urban Loft to specialize in window treatment design.
Claudia attended the University of Maryland at College Park from 1980-1985, where she earned a BA in Art History, spent 3 years studying interior design and completing a museum curatorship, which included training at the prestigious Maryland Historical Society in Baltimore. Claudia is a certified drapery designer and Hunter Douglas window treatment specialist.
Claudia is a board member of the professional women's business network FemCity Philadelphia. She is also a member of the Philadelphia networking group Bizzy Mamas. She has served as a jury member for Moore College of Art and Design in both the Principles of Interior Design and Interior Design Lighting Techniques. In 2016, Claudia was a guest speaker for Moore’s Materials of Interior Design, where she lectured about window treatment design.
BEHIND THE SCENES
Claudia was born in Colombia, raised in Washington, D.C. and spent summers in South America. She was inspired by her entrepreneur grandfather, a South American leather hide dealer, owner of a shoe factory and founder of a chain of retail shoe stores.
After graduating from college, Claudia worked as a shoe buyer + trend forecaster for the preppy cult classic lifestyle brand Pappagallo, expanding their merchandise mix and increasing their sales volume exponentially. She also won awards for her work at a national designer jewelry brand, expanding the line into new east coast markets.
Claudia founded her independent interior design business, Claudia Clobes Interiors, in 2006 after 12 years as the co-founder and co-owner of the popular kids' store and design business-Hey Little Diddle Child & Home.
HEY LITTLE DIDDLE CHILD & HOME
Claudia and her sister Maria Lucoff (an interior architect) are best known for their work at the popular Hey Little Diddle, the award-winning brick and mortar lifestyle boutique and interior design business they co-owned and operated from 1994-2006.
The sisters’ relaxed California style and sophisticated European aesthetic became a hit in Philadelphia and the Main Line. The charming boutique located in a 1920s stone cottage was the go-to emporium for designer and handmade clothing, bed linens, furnishings and gifts. Claudia and Maria used their unique creative talents to establish a successful interior design business through Hey Little Diddle, which paved the way for their respective careers in design.