Karla Deras of Karla’s Closet Catches Up With MyFDB

Apr 19, 2011 By Vaneza

A while back we featured “Karla’s Closet” written by the lovely Karla Derasas one of our Weekend Reads. Her blog, which began in 2008, has since then become very popular and after running into her at the IFBconference during NYFW, Deras was kind enough to chat with us!

Any exciting projects or collaborations you are currently workingon?
Working on a few collaborations and projects that I can’t reallytalk about much right now, but I promise they’re exciting!!
Given that there weren’t many personal style blogs when you firststarted out, what was the inspiration/idea behind starting “Karla’sCloset”?
Well I had a terrible knee injury so I wasn’t able to do muchbut watch TV and browse the internet. I started reading street styleblogs like The Sartorialist and decided why not start a blog too?That’s how it all got started.
How did your readers react to you collaborating with Coach, such anestablished brand?
I’ll admit, I was a bit nervous to share my Coachcollaboration with my readers but they were really supportive and I’m sohappy they loved my design!

Who are your favorite designers?
Yves Saint Laurent, NicolasGhesquiere, Peter Copping and of course Miuccia Prada.

What’s a typical day like in the life of Karla and how do you manageto balance blogging with schoolwork?
Well I recently graduated fromFIDM, so now I have a lot more time to blog. I also run a vintage shoponline, so most days I’m photographing and sizing pieces for the shop.

Sum up your personal style in 5 words or less…
Ever-evolving,eclectic, classic, feminine and fun!
Given that you are based in Southern California, where are your topplaces to shop for vintage goods?
I love the Goodwill’s and SalvationArmy’s, Hubba Hubba is great for 50′s and 60′s pieces, American Vintagefor sequins and vintage Levi’s, The Fairfax Flea Market and AmericanRag which also [has] an entire denim bar.

Do you have any advice for industry hopefuls?
I think it’s veryimportant to have thick skin and to be determined and take advantage ofthe opportunities that come your way!

That’s a wrap…a special thanks to Karla for taking the time to talk to us. For more, visit Karla’s Closet.

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