Hailing from a small town in North Carolina, Karl T. Payton always knew he wanted to work in the fashion industry. After completing university and a brief stint working with fashion designer Mandy Coon; he began his journey into the hair industry by assisting hair professionals during New York Fashion Week such as Odiel Gilbert and Guido Palau & Orlando Pita. His experience with these heavy hitters gave him an understanding of the industry, which he was able to use to his advantage when working on his own. Karl was also able to establish relationships with major clients and publications, which gave him the opportunity to showcase his skills and build his reputation in the industry. Harper’s Bazaar, Marie Claire, Elle, Coach, Urban Outfitters, HBO, Laura Mercier, Lancôme, Redken, among many others are some Karl has collaborated with.