How did KarlaCola the label begin?
KarlaCola the label began when Karla (owner, director, founder and proud mother of 3) found out she was pregnant with her daughter and immediately felt the need to start making her clothes. And so her love of sewing and being creative with clothes began!
In 2009, when Karla and her family of 5 moved back to Australia from the US, she found there were limited choices for really different eclectic clothing for women, so she started making her own clothes.
What started as a hobby quickly grew into a love and passion for something and she discovered it came so easily to her. Focusing on colourful designs and Scandinavian fabrics her ideas and thoughts grew and grew. Craving unique colourful prints and styles, she expanded her idea into a business into women’s clothes and focused on providing women like herself another alternative to mainstream clothing and colours.
Eventually she decided to focus on exclusively licensed fabrics to hold onto that uniqueness for a brand she had poured her heart and soul into. She started with 3 sizes and today has 5 sizes available ranging from 6-22 (XS - XXL).
It’s hard to believe how much we have grown since we first started. In saying that we are still a small business with a team of 9. Everything we make is hand cut and handmade here in South Australia with the exception of the Hair Ties handmade in Sydney by our amazing assistant, web designer and all round multi tasker Kelly.
We have the most incredible customers! With a 64% repeat customer base, these women are funny, clever, loyal and just all around a big part of what makes this business so fabulous. Every time we pick up a brand new customer we are so thrilled and thankful.
KarlaCola is a family business, her kids are so proud of how fast it has grown and love to be a part of it.
Her daughter Olivia is known to ask her mum for last minute outfits, new skirts and always sneaking the new headbands and hair ties to add to her growing collection.
And just as a little sneak peak into one of Karla's favourite artists and designers, photographed here is Karla with Vanessa at Tiff Manuells fashion show in October 2017 - What a night, a celebration of art and colour as Tiff Manuell showcased her art as fashion.