Christian Gibbs on By Krishtun and Doing What She Loves
Christian Gibbs is known for her eclectic style and it’s that style that led to the creation of her brand By Krishtun. She started making crochet clothing some years ago when she saw a piece she liked on Pinterest and decided to try making it herself.
This led to friends requesting items and other people asking where they got their designs. Eventually, Christian was convinced that she needed to start a business. By Krishtun was “technically launched” in November 2013 but Christian became a full-time designer in March 2016. She works with crochet, denim, and chain.
She tells InMyWardrobe it wasn’t difficult to leave her job and focus completely on her business.
“I was unhappy in my old job and now I get to wake up and do what I love every day. Just because you love it, it does not mean every day is stress-free but it’s truly the best decision I ever made,” she says.
Christian is completely self-taught and she has learned a lot through trial and error.
” I can’t explain how, but I have the ability to look at something and be able to pull it apart with my eyes to see how it was made,” she says.
She does know that she has always been good with her hands. Also, she had to make the things she wanted to wear because no one in Barbados was doing it at the time.
Here are some of the questions I had for Christian:
Q: Talk to me about the jacket (pictured above). Where did the inspiration for that come from? Where do you usually get your inspiration?
The blinged-out jacket has been trending for the last couple years internationally via brands like Balmain and Moschino and I finally decided to make my own budget-friendly version of it. My inspiration comes from everywhere, to be honest; runways, carnival, nature, sometimes even just a bead.
Q: Are there any fashion designers you look up to? If so, why?
I loveeee Laurel Dewitt! If you see your favorite celebrity wearing a chain outfit, 9/10 times it’s a Laurel Dewitt design. She has made simple chain look expensive and completely wearable in every form.
Q: What do you love most about what you do?
I love that I can turn a simple strand of yarn, wire, chain or a regular article of clothing like the jacket into wearable art.
Q: What is a typical day like for you?
I wake up at 8 a.m. after my three alarms which are set five mins apart go off and roll over to the yarn on the left side of my bed that I put there before I went to sleep. I then work all day until around 2 a.m. taking breaks to have breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks in between. Once or twice weekly, I got to the post office to ship orders then back home to work.
Q: You have a solid IG following. How important has social media been to your business and how do you handle the pressure that comes with social media?
I had a solid following before establishing my business and I’m so lucky they’ve grown with me throughout the years and support the brand because that’s very rare. Anyone who follows me will tell you that I’m very blunt and 100% me so I’ve made it clear that I won’t be bullied to post because they expect regular posts and won’t alter who I am to be accepted by strangers on the internet.
Q: Where do you plan to take your business in the next five years?
I have so many plans and believe in jinxes so I’ll simply say that one of them is to hire two or three persons and teach them everything I know so we can not only work on making By Krishtun a household name, but also so my skills don’t die with me when I do. The rest you’ll have to look out for…
Since we’ll have to wait and see, keep up with Christian and check out more of her work on Instagram by following @krishtun and @bykrishtun. She ships worldwide so you can get your By Krishtun piece no matter where you are!