Fashion and Beauty Expert and Editor, Kahlana Barfield Brown, has carved a niche for herself in the hyper-competitive world of fashion and beauty publishing. Born and raised in Seattle, Washington, Kahlana grew up devouring magazines, igniting a passion for writing, fashion, and beauty. She went on to study Journalism and Fashion Merchandising at Howard University, leading her to begin a career at InStyle Magazine in New York City. Kahlana spent a decade climbing the ranks at InStyle, holding titles ranging from Intern to Beauty Director.
As social media began to dominate the fashion industry, Kahlana saw an opportunity to transition out of publishing, and take her talents to the next level. In September 2022, Kahlana teamed up with Target to design, develop, and launch ‘FUTURE COLLECTIVE, a first-of-its-kind clothing brand featuring a multitude of looks from a rotating roster of style experts and tastemakers. The streetwear-inspired collection drew inspiration from Kahlana’s own philosophy of style, and featured 120 items available in an inclusive size range of XXS-4X over four seasonal refreshes. Future Collective garnered extraordinary success through sold out collections and millions of social media impressions, inspiring a new generation of ‘fly girls’ to manifest their individuality through style.
Today, Kahlana serves as an on-camera, beauty, and fashion expert, stylist, on-air talent, and ambassador for leading fashion brands around the world. A mother to two beautiful daughters, Kahlana aims to empower and inspire young Black women through her inspired content, demonstrated work ethic, and partnerships with Historically Black Colleges and Universities.