“Choose a job that you love and you will never have to work for the rest of your life.”
Klothes by Katt is something that I have been dreaming for a long time. I have always imagined going to fashion school and doing my own clothing line, but I never got around doing it. God knows how long I have been reading up on fashion school and couldn’t decide if I should go Lasalle or NAFA (yes, even at this age I want to go back to school). Reading up reviews of the part-time students and setting aside money for it. Then I fell in love. Then I got married. Then I got pregnant. Then I got a babygirl, Kattaleya. I have been blessed in so many ways, but at the back of my mind, I still wanted to do it.
Backtrack a few years back, I tried doing this selling clothes online and I failed. I failed miserably because they were wholesale clothes and I was just a “reseller”. I think I only sold one dress? ONE dress. Let me cringe at the thought of my failure and cry at the money I never got back! I was very naive. Thinking it was just buying wholesale and reselling, and tadahhh money! Needless to say, the idea of starting my own blogshop was tucked at a corner of my mind until recently.
I did more homework of what I wanted. I am entering into a business that has A LOT of competitors who already have their brands soaring high and who already have their strong base of customers. So why bother right? Let me tell you what makes me want to do it. It is because I am coming in, not as a competitor but as a person who loves clothes and wants to start her own clothing line. I am in competition with no one but myself. What I have in mind is very different from what others do. I challenge my manufacturers out of their comfort zone like I do mine.
Klothes by Katt is amazingly special. I manufacture my very own pieces. It means I come up with the designs that I want, choose my fabrics, get manufacturers to do samples and send it over, I wear my samples out, I make changes and I get them manufactured. So if you ever own a piece of Klothes by Katt, know that this is what your piece of clothing goes through before it comes to you. I have sacrificed a lot of my time that is meant for sleep to communicate with my manufacturers who are super understanding that I do my best work after Kattaleya sleeps. The pieces produced have limited number of pieces and there is absolutely no such thing as backorders. So really, you will be that bunch few who will have those pieces. And shopping online has made me realised that we just want sizes because my short friends have to alter and my tall friends have to buy bigger sizes to get the length they need. Then my friends with curves don’t have any they can buy.
The first collection is on it’s way to be ready. It has 8 kinds of skirts; flare and mermaid. Cotton and satin shawls just because my hijbster sister says so. I am super stoked. I know that I could not have done without Baobei who has helped me with Kattaleya when I needed some time to be on my phone/ipad to reply what’sapp and emails and also being my backbones. My parents because amazingly enough, they are giving me opinions about pricing and which manufacturer to do what. Abang who has his line is sharing with me EVERYTHING. Kakak who has been my person when it comes to opinions about ANYTHING. My cousins and girlfriends who I have been asking opinions about fabrics because trust me, I have send over 20 fabrics and asking them which will they choose.
Starting Klothes by Katt was easier than the first failed attempt when I was in poly. I now know what I want, which direction I want my clothing line to go and I have the support of my family and friends who are basically my backbone. It is said that when you want to start something, the support of the people around me is very important. I have not launched my line yet, actually the clothes also haven’t arrive yet, but everyone is already ordering and reserving pieces. And they are not even sympathy kind of support but the kind of support that they believe in my work. I am really blessed!
Klothes by Katt is the start of my empire. It will be the place where I build something amazing out of absolutely nothing. It will be the place where I will wake up every day and excited of what’s to come. It will all be for Kattaleya. Because working from home mom, will allow me watch her grow and be part of every milestone.
Oh, did I mention that Klothes by Katt will have monthly launches and pop-up store at my house where you can swing by, hang out with me and my babygirl, Kattaleya, and try out the clothes before deciding to buy?
May HE ease my affairs, and thank you for the amazing support on both Facebook (http://facebook.com/klothesbykatt) and Instagram (@klothesbykatt), even though nothing has launched yet. I hope you all enjoy the journey prior to the launch as much as I do. This is my passion, and I am so proud to have a clothing label I can call mine. No one else’s work that I am reselling under my label. Every single piece is self-manufactured. Every piece is Klothes by Katt’s. The hard work is all mine.
I need to thank myself for taking the leap of faith. Yes, because I believe a 26 year old me knows what I am doing pumping all my savings into this. Remember this,
Percaya pada satu hari nanti -RR
This is it uolls. This is my satu hari.
There is no more turning back, no backsies, no more “what ifs”. I will see you on 3rd of May for the launch, In Shaa Allah.