“In partnership, the result is harmony, respect, love, and an explosion of creativity and joy.”
Some couples just have it. From the moment you meet The Laws, it’s unmistakable that their love and partnership is one that was masterly shaped before their first ‘Hello’. My first acquaintance was with Kalan in 2013 when he joined on as our men’s style blogger. Soon after, Kira joined our conversations about life and style as a lifestyle blogging contributor. Both were important creative voices in the development of the first issue of CHF Magazine.
Over the last five years, I’ve watched them grow as a family (expecting their second child this month) and taking their collaborative magic to the next level with the launch of Status K — which happens to be the subject of our recent interview. So, without further ado, welcome Kalan and Kira Laws, Founders of Status K to The COLLECTIV.
In the time that I’ve known you, I can honestly say that I’ve never met a couple more supportive and in sync with one another’s creative aspirations. For those who are new to CHF, please share your story.
We are 10 years in the making and have been building for us since day 1. We met briefly in 2007, started dating and were engaged in 2008. We married shortly thereafter. Our relationship has been a whirlwind. Honestly, we wish we could have captured all the earlier moments more; but we jumped right into our roles of riding for each other and making one another our very first projects, especially as it related to completing goals. We sacrificed a lot earlier on to be who we are today and even, where we are today as a couple… and, it has been worth every bit of it. We believe our oneness is what has opened doors and drawn a lot of people to us.
How did the concept of Status K come about? What is your vision for the brand?
We have been working with different companies and projects for years together, and people kept asking us when we would launch our thing. For us, we already were doing it, so we initially did not act. However, for anything to live and last, you must give it a name. So, with that thought, Status K was born.
The vision is for it to continue to evolve — we started off ghostwriting paths for others and now we are producing and directing major projects for ‘all’-scale endeavors. Though we have amassed a catalog of projects, we are currently our biggest project with so many things going on from the development of commercial content to staying authentic and relevant.
Our focus for what we each take on and how it contributes to the overall vision is a huge undertaking…so we are taking steps to moving the brand, marketing it in different outlets, and of course, staffing because we are working a lot of angles.
What cornerstones of your marriage can be found in the philosophy of Status K?
Effective communication – everything we do as a firm has to do with ensuring that the creatives we work with are communicating to their audiences effectively – whether that is in style or word. That’s something that we are always working on – even personally. For us, it’s important that our words/message is clear and not blurred.
“Working together helps you master the art of communication as well as help you identify each other’s strengths, and not only maximize them but continue to build upon them and use them as points of edification for growth.”
It is said that you shouldn’t mix business with pleasure. Status K seeks to disprove this theory. Were there any apprehensions in going into this venture together? If so, how did you work through them?
No apprehensions whatsoever. What we have learned is that we bring the best out of one another and when we work together, there is nothing we can’t do. We are literally a force!
What is some advice that you would give to other entrepreneur couples that may be sitting on a joint concept in fear of jeopardizing their relationship?
Learn to leverage one another and appreciate the differences that make each person unique and valuable. Many times, business and relationship do not mix because the idea is that we both must go about things the same way — Not true! Working together helps you master the art of communication as well as help you identify each other’s strengths, and not only maximize them but continue to build upon them and use them as points of edification for growth. Of course, there may be challenges as it relates to how each person wants to go about a venture, but we believe that is just an opportunity for planning and strategy. That’s our Status K way!
Kira Laws, born in the ‘Big Apple,’ but raised in ‘H-town’ is a lawyer by training, but a creative at her core. Departing from expectations, Kira took a hiatus from the traditional practice of law to seek out a niche that was specifically designed for her. With her gift of ingenuity, and her desire to build a legacy, Kira began business consulting, curating inspired events, and creating innovative digital content. This birthed and gave life to her epithet and brand The Modern Day Cindi. In addition to being a wife and mother of two, she is a professor of business; a partner in Status K, a conglomerate founded with her husband which focuses on Arts, Entertainment, Media and Urban Development; as well as a co-host on Society Now on The Sphere Podcast Network. Kalan Laws also known as Señor Guapo, is the Polysci Fashion Guy. He is an aspiring designer, burgeoning stylist, and manages his own men’s style and fashion blog. He is setting both coasts on fire as a noted lecturer, public speaker, entrepreneur, and one of the foremost developmental minds of our generation. Kalan brings his unique fashion sense, world-class style savvy, and educational prowess to The Sphere Podcast Network, with “G is for Gentlemen” a show that highlights gentlemanly culture, as well as “Society Now” aimed to inspire dialogue about critical events that are happening locally as internationally, which he co-hosts with his wife also hosted on The Sphere Podcast Network. Staying busy, there is not too much that Señor Guapo cannot do!