We had the good fortune of connecting with KATE PERIS and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi KATE, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
From my years as a successful Editorial Wardrobe Stylist and Personal Stylist, I saw a gap in the market for an online shopping destination, curated by an established stylist with affordable and edgy jewelry. I had also met and worked with so many incredible jewelry designers that I couldn’t believe the world did not know about. My thought process was to create a site that unapologetically embraced female confidence, sexiness and jewelry that was relevant while being affordable. KHAOS has been more than just a curated jewelry brand, I have aimed to create a community that is supportive, uplifting and authentic. A business that supports other brands and designers, diminishing any competitive nature that can easily exist within the fashion industry. My thought process is being a positive voice and and inspiration for those in and those wanting to go into this industry. KHAOS is only a year old and due to Covid, KHAOS curated events, such as a spiritual retreat and popups have been put on hold. Covid has allowed me to focus on the core of the company, myself as the vision and the curator. I have been given the time to really establish the Brand and it’s future. My vision is grand and I cannot wait to share it with everyone! This process has allowed me to offer mentorship and consultations. to other startup brands on the side. This is a honor and pleasure that I can never get enough of and only drives me further to know every part of this industry. When I started KHAOS, I did not hire a single person instead I knew I wanted to know every aspect of E-Commerce. I did everything, from building the website, perfecting SEO’s, social media management, marketing, design, negotiations and so much more. These are skills that I love to share to help a business succeed.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
KHAOS is unique because it is a collection of different jewelry designers from around the world that has been curated by a professional stylist. The pieces are personally chosen and inspected by myself for I truly believe that I can offer quality and affordability in this market. I will let a gorgeous design go if I find that the gold color looks off to me or that the way feels wrong. Consistent quality I will never stray from. All pieces are curated with, what I like to call, a rock chic edge. Rockchic is something that is feminine, sexy and a little edgy in it’s aesthetic. Along side the curated jewelry online, I continue to write Fashion Blogs. Styling will always be my first love and partnering this passion with KHAOS is so exciting for I love to help women feel beautiful. I often get asked how I began my career in fashion. I grew up in a family of artists and always found clothing to be an artistic expression. My professional career began working at Will & Grace as a production assistant which exposed me to the world of styling. From there, I styled wardrobe for edgy moms, industry professionals to a few celebrities. Yet, personal styling ultimately led me to creating my first love, working editorial. I had not worked under a professional editorial stylist, so I faked it until I made it! I hustled, I worked 18 hour days and I introduced myself to everyone who I admired with kindness and impeccable professionalism. This led to this amazing career, such as my work being seen in Vogue Italia which is my biggest accomplishment to date. My success was not without hardships. I have so many stories but have ultimately trusted that each of these moments are opportunities to learn and/or assess where you may need to make changes. This is a very important conversation that I like to share with others, setting aside our ego in order to grow where need be. All these working in the Fashion Industry has allowed me to have a community of people behind me that look up to me for style advice. KHAOS is the bridge between these two worlds of styling and making inspiring content. I feel blessed to have worked among so many talented artists in this industry, which only inspires me to work harder and dig deeper creatively while always doing so with grace and love.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Ohhhh, this is a fun question! haha I’m such a homebody nerd! haha Okay, let me dig deep here. Day 1 – Settle in, homemade dinner at the house with family/friends, some jacuzzi time with lots of drinks and laughter! Day 2 – Shopping first because let’s face it, she will want some fun fresh clothes for LA! I would take her to Zara and All Saints in Santa Monica and walk along Montana. For lunch, a fun stroll through Rodeo Drive to lunch and a glass of wine at Wades. Then shop a few boutiques along there. Pool, dinner and games at home. Day 3 – Relaxing at the beach in Malibu. Pick up the best blackened halibut ever at Malibu Seafood. Work on our tan, and watch the Sunset sharing a blanket wrapped up together. Day 4 – Lazy Morning then off to the Getty Museum, although it is closed now due to Covid. Dinner at Bestia downtown with family/friends Day 5 – Universal Studios, while avoiding City Walk. You can enjoy in a half a day and share all the fun Hollywood rides and facts that she would love! Dinner at Mercado and ordering their Watermelon Margarita right away. Day 6 – Partying by the pool all day long with family and friends. Of course I would be cooking and loving hosting all along.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Thank you to Michelle Cait, who from the moment we met, felt like family. As it turns out, we just might be! I appreciate you and this nomination. xo
Main Image Creative Direction and Styling by Kate Peris Photography by @natashawilson.co Hair & MUA by @tilomai.hill Model @g_liberte_