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Conversations with Kayla Webb-Jenkins

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kayla Webb-Jenkins.

Hi Kayla, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
Making clothes has always intrigued me. I used to sketch my own designs as a kid in my grandma’s backyard in Inglewood, CA and way before learning to use a sewing machine, my grandma taught me to hand sew. I used to bother her all the time to mend a seam or patch a rip and she would always laugh and say, “I taught you how to do this, you do it!” But, everything just feels better when your grandma does it for you. It wasn’t until the middle of my third year of college that I started hand sewing myself. Sewing was peaceful to me so I started making pillowcases. Every stitch was by hand, so they took me about 45 minutes to make and perfect. I got a few orders and I took the money and bought a sewing machine. A year later, I was up late and kept thinking about a certain pair of pants that I wanted but couldn’t find, so I wanted to learn how to make them. I binge watched YouTube videos for hours and hours, night after night for about a week until I felt comfortable enough to try myself. And that’s when everything started moving fast. I made my first shirt and pair of pants in a week, three weeks later I was having a photoshoot with friends to launch my brand, and three months after that I’m signing the lease to an office space to increase brand productivity and having a brand launch event.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
It definitely hasn’t been a smooth road, but usually any path worth actually taking is going to have a few bumps and nicks. I didn’t even learn to use my sewing machine until a full year after I bought it because I expected to learn how to quicker than I did. I got extremely frustrated over a relatively simple problem, even though it didn’t feel simple at the time. I feel like this one experience taught me a lesson for the hundreds of thousands of frustrating experiences I was going to have while not just using a sewing machine but starting a business and taking my brand to the next level. Not one day goes by where absolutely nothing goes wrong, but I’ve learned to charge it to the game. I’m still learning how to not be so hard on myself when the process isn’t perfect because it will never be perfect. There will ALWAYS be something more that could have been done, something else that should have happened; but I can only provide my best. My biggest lesson being a perfectionist is that my best is more than good enough.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
The Klarity Lounge is a women’s clothing brand that focuses on creating original designs to transform the way you lounge. My goal is to enhance the serenity you feel in your cozy state while staying in and accentuate the confidence you feel while you are out and about. Currently, we accept custom orders and provide both handmade-to-order and ready to wear pieces and will soon release spring/summer ’21 and fall/winter ’21 collections. Eventually, my brand will expand to design loungewear for men and home decor such as throw pillows, blankets, and comforter sets.

If you had to, what characteristic of yours would you give the most credit to?
Faith and Determination. You can’t have one without the other. It’s like a car. I am the body of car; the size, shape, and unique features make me who I am. These are the tools and skills I need to serve my purpose. Then, well I can’t get myself started without the engine, Faith. What do I believe in? Where is it going to take me? How is believing in this beneficial to me? Is it worth all of the troubles that I’m inevitably going to encounter along the way? Okay, now the car has the body and it’s running…but I need wheels, Determination. I literally can’t move without it. I know where I’m supposed to go, and even though I’m not really sure how I’m going to get there, I know that I’m going to get there. There is definitely a lot of risks involved, but knowing that I’m headed in the right direction, is assurance enough.

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