Total loan: $5,000


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Flint, MI, United States / Clothing

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A loan helped buy fabric and trims to launch my first collection of handbags and apparel.

Kala's story

My name is Kala Santrese Wilburn, born and raised in Flint, MI for most of my life. I also spent some of my childhood years in Atlanta, Georgia. Both experiences helped me to understand the real meaning of perseverance, inspiration and hard work. Growing up in Flint, there were not many resources for youth exposure to artful careers like fashion design. We grew up with BIG imaginations which would take us way beyond our circumstances. This helped me to discover that dreams were meant to be lived. My grandfather, Willie Ben Anthony, Sr. taught me how to use the sewing machine at the age of eleven. I went on to create custom costumes for local talent shows and later went on to study Apparel Design and Merchandising at Central Michigan University. My college experience allowed me to experience all the fashion capitals of the world – London, Paris, Milan, Barcelona and New York City. This enables me to continue to see beyond the violence and challenges of every day life in Flint, MI. My dreams for the future are to not just to be a Fashion Architect of apparel and accessories, but also to dress consumers from the inside out! My collections will allow consumers to be chic and stylish while being built with confidence through developing inner beauty. I also want to continue to educate smaller communities about art, fashion and the many opportunities in the industry.