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In the world of celebrity stylists, there is no need to introduce Karla Welch. His list of clients reads like a who’s in Hollywood. She dressed Justin Bieber, Tracee Ellis Ross, Sarah Paulson, and Busy Philipps, to name a few. When he doesn't style for the Oscars, Met Gala, Grammys, or Bieber's trip to Paris to meet the president of France, he runs the sustainable interior design company Period a brand of basics called x Karla and a production company called Meritocracy. Oh, and he hasn’t been too busy to connect with his fans on Instagram where he regularly shares his political views with his 300,000 (and counting) followers.
Scroll down for a preview of Welch's insightful conversation with Hillary Kerr on the Who What Wear podcast.
I hope you can take us back to the early days of finding your erection as a stylist and honing in what it means to create a persona or a vibe for your clients. How did you know that in the beginning? And has that changed over time?
I want to do any job that comes to me. My former assistant and I laugh because we are going to do these jobs that require hundreds upon hundreds of pieces of clothing. And it’s not refined – like 30 blue shirts. And I think it gave me the skill of always, always, always ready. But then I moved into the celebrity world, I always considered myself a really big editor — someone who edits on racks so that when I have a client come in, I know what I think. what they will wear. Even though we have tons of clothes, I want it to be short so as not to waste their time but make sure we have a tight vision of how it will look.
I have many more questions about your relationship with Justin Bieber. You’ve done so many incredible rallies, tours, and campaigns. And we should also think about his latest trip to Europe. So can you tell me a little bit about why that partnership works? How has your relationship evolved over the years?
So, we've been together for almost eight years now.
And that was a life in music.
Really, really. I have a kind of rule. I’ll put this out by saying I really care for all the people I work with, but I have a rule that I’m not friends with clients. I am there to work for them and serve them. And finally, I have a lot of love for Justin. I have a great love for Tracee [Ellis Ross] a great love for Sarah [Paulson]. Busy [Philipps] and we’re really really best friends. It grew from there. But I never, at that moment, considered myself equal to them. I consider myself their man who was there to work for them-the level of professionalism. I think in this business, relationships can get fuzzy and bite a lot of people in the ass. I don’t want to say that I’m proud of myself at that distance, but I’m really aware of it. I don’t want to take their space. They are the star. And so maybe that’s why I’m still here.
So in addition to your extensive, prosperous, fascinating career as a stylist, you also have your own brand. It ' s been a great pleasure to watch the various collaborations and initiatives and the way things continue to grow. So tell me a little bit about why you wanted to start your own thing, how it came to life.
So, at that time, it was a necessity. We could not find a specific type of T-shirt. This is how x Karla started. And I was like, well, I’ll do them. And I kept making them and did it. I have Matthew, my husband, who is a partner on the creative side as well. I could do nothing without him, to be full honest. Like him, yes, we should build it. He really built the business. I don’t call myself a designer in any way. But I know what is missing and what I want to see and how I want to be able to afford it. And I know that kind of audience is there. So I just did it.