This week for our Staff Picks Saturday, we’re featuring Evolve Owner & HBIC (Head Babe In Charge), Kyla Smith. Kyla is one of those entrepreneurs who has a dream and makes it happen. She started Evolve in 2006 as a little pop-up shop that would set up in boutique gyms all over Los Angeles. A few years later as the demand for Evolve’s small label activewear brands grew, Kyla packed up, moved to Portland, invested all her savings, and taught herself to develop and run an e-commerce site. Evolve has grown in the last few years to a full team of amazing women who collaborate and create this go-to site to find the best of the best in activewear.
Tell us about yourself: and your style: I don’t put a lot of time into getting dressed in the morning, so I have my go-to pieces that I know are simple, easy, that I feel great in. Typically it consists of basic leggings with a sports bra or tank and an oversized tee. If I need to feel a little more “businessey” I’ll layer on a jacket or blazer. I love accessorizing! It dresses up a workout outfit and it turns a “workout outfit” to a “business outfit” in an instant. I’ll wear an outfit I would typically wear to yoga- layer on a blazer, chunky jewelry and some boots. That way I don’t have to change before yoga, just take off a few pieces!
Tell us a little about why you chose the items in your layout:
YogiWheel: The YogiWheel is such an amazing revolution in yoga props. I love laying on it after a long day of sitting at my computer. I chose to carry this brand because of the ability to have our favorite quotes put on them!
Purusha People – Gold Goddess Leggings: love fun leggings that can be dressed up/ dressed down.
Onzie – Elastic Bra: This is one of our best selling bra tops of all time! Onzie was one of the first brands to do the strappy back sports bras that have become all the rage.
Spritiual Gangster – Mas Yoga Racerback Crop: I live in SG tees and tanks that are easy to pair and can layer over a cute bra. This one top is one of my new favorites! One of my first businesses I started was making a Spanish language book called Sublingual which taught Spanish through popular music in that language!
Jewelry: Love layering necklaces and pairing them together.
Hat: If I don’t have my hair up in a bun, I’ll probably have a hat on
Brixton: Brixton is my French Bulldog. He is the perfect office dog! It’s so cute as each morning we come to work he makes sure to go and say hi to each staff member.
Phone & Laptop: Last but not least I never leave home without my electronics
Thanks so much to Kyla for taking time out of her crazy busy day to tell us a little bit about herself. This woman is pure inspiration, and an absolute pleasure to work for. She makes you want to work hard and it’s impossible not to want to build this company with her! You can shop the rest of Kyla’s Staff picks on her STAFF PICKS page!
Laura C. Helms