We were going through Long Beach Comic Expo when I caught Joel stopped dead in his tracks with his face about a foot away from a messenger bag hanging in one of the exhibitor’s spaces. I shifted my eyes to the bag and saw a large intricately sewn “WHOVIAN” with hints of the show built into the logotype. Both gawking at the detail, that’s when we met Kyla. You should have seen our faces when we found out she hand embroidered it.
Kyla is living the creative person’s dream, making pieces of art she likes while making a living out of it. All of her wearable art is made by her, each is done one by one with her hands. Considering the uniqueness of each piece, she’s able to keep them at a reasonable price. Or what she calls, “Affordable Couture.” It embodies her tagline: One of kind items for discerning ladies and gentlemen. Whatever it is, it’s working evidenced by how many people we saw coming and leaving with something accompanied with a smile.
Kyla didn’t always have this completely figured out. She got her degree at the Philadelphia College of Art with a focus on ceramics and glass. Which she jokingly said she never used since. Kyla then went into teaching and after 20 years of frustration with the educational system, she dove into what’s she doing now.