Girl Boss: KLC Olive
I met Kelsey, owner of KLC Olive, a few weeks ago at an on-campus pop-up shop. She is a junior Fashion Design major at Louisiana State University, and one hell of a girl boss. I loved getting to know this cool chick and hearing all about her highs and lows of starting a business. I had to share with y’all her story and, of course, her cheeky apparel that certainly matches her sense of humor. I hope reading this interview motivates you to start the business you’ve been dreaming about!
Riss: What came first– your passion for designing or your desire to start a business?
Kelsey: “I think I was always drawn to fashion but it wasn’t until college that I realized I wanted to pursue a career somewhere in the fashion world. As for owning a business, I have known for a while that I didn’t want to work under someone. I wanted to build a successful company from the ground up. So I’d say they’d go hand in hand. Once I finally realized I wanted to work in fashion, I automatically knew I wanted to own my own company and KLC Olive was born.”
R: What influences your designs?
K: “My sense of humor is a huge part of my brand. Making people laugh is one of my favorite things along with making women feel beautiful, and I hope that radiates through my company.”
R: How did you get started?
K: “My mom was a huge reason why I finally started my business. Being a business owner herself, I grew up watching her grow a very successful company, and being able to watch that gave me the insight and confidence to go out on a limb and see where KLC Olive could lead me. As for getting started, it was a lot easier than I anticipated. After coming up with my first few designs I reached out to some friends to model for me then I blew up everyone’s social media!”
R: What do you see for the future of KLC Olive?
K: “My hopes are to continue growing my brand and possibly open a wholesale line for local stores. After graduation, I really want to buckle down and start a mobile store, eventually owning a chain of stores all over the United States!”
R: What advice do you have for other girls in college that are hesitant to start a business?
K: “My advice would be just to go for it! I have met so many people–sweet people– through this experience, and I am only a few months in. I’ve found out that if you are really passionate about something, people can see that and are more drawn to following you and your growth.”
Among funny graphic apparel, she sells equally hilarious accessories.
How funky and cute are her clothing and accessories?! Talk about great branding. I love the KLC Olive aesthetic. What’s the best quote you’ve ever seen on a t-shirt?