Klara Guillen was born in Seville Spain, and began showing interest in fashion at the early age of nine, enrolling in her first sewing classes. By age 16 she launched her career in the industry after creating exclusive designs for private clients as well as clothing boutiques in the Basque region of Spain.
She graduated in 1983 as a fashion designer and industrial pattern-maker. Immediately after, she received numerous fashion awards for her innovative designs. That same year she opened a fashion studio along with her husband Inaki Xalabarde which raised the attention of the media in the region for their visionary style.
Years later, she opened her own clothing store franchise under the name of ‘Rosa Limón’. During that time she also began her career as a fashion teacher, collaborating with academies in the eastern region of Spain.
In 1996 the family moves to South Africa, where she designs haute couture clothing and accessories, as well as children clothing and hand-painted designs under the brand “Karlota”. Upon returning to Spain, she and her husband open a new company dedicated to ostrich leather products, using the experience they had acquired back in South Africa. Additionally, they make sure to personally train their employers and share their knowledge.
But it was in New York, after many years of experience, where she founded her largest venture to date – her unique fashion brand under the name “Klara Guillen”. From then on she creates her iconic collections, redefining herself for the following years.
She organizes events and presentation across the globe featuring the creativity of her exclusive designs. In them she attempts to transmit where her inspiration comes from, making use of framed paintings, also as part of her creation. She calls this work “Designing with Brushstrokes of Expression”. This has made Klara known for her delicate wedding and evening dresses.