Owner & Designer
Verillas became a reality after years of interest in men’s alt fashion led me to create the things I wanted to shop for, but couldn’t find. This brand started as a place to share the creations I wanted to bring to faires, festivals, and everyday life. What’s more, I noticed along the way how much people try to communicate with fashion. What I do now, is to try to offer freedom of expression and creativity to people. I want everyone that sees my brand to feel comfortable reinventing their appearance. I’m the model in a lot of my own designs because I want to show our audience how comfortable I feel wearing my own threads every day. I love seeing that translate.
VP of Marketing
How long have you worked for Verillas? From the beginning!
What would you describe your job as? Director of Marketing
How did you end up working for Verillas? I was Operations Manager for our previous venture, Greenbrier Percussion. When Allister started working on Verillas, it wasn’t long before we realized that we needed to make it the main event.
What is the coolest part about working for Verillas? There is so much overlap between the job, our products, our customers and so many hobbies and activities that I’m passionate about that it feels a lot less like a job than any other job I’ve held.
What is your favorite book? WHY MUST I CHOOSE?!
Nonfiction - Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
Fiction - The Wasteland (but really The Dark Tower series) by Stephen King
What is your favorite movie? 300. I will watch this movie any time under any circumstances and enjoy it almost as much as the very first time. Anchorman is a close second for the same reason.
What is your favorite quote? “You have to know how to accept rejection and reject acceptance” - Ray Bradbury
What hobbies do you have outside of work? Teamfight Tactics and League of Legends! I’ve hosted a weekly Board Game Night for a bunch of years now.
How long have you worked for Verillas? Since Jan 2013
What would you describe your job as? Director of Google Marketing
How did you end up working for Verillas? Shortly after I quit my previous job, I met up with Allister at his annual Christmas/Birthday party and was hired almost on the spot.
What is the coolest part about working for Verillas? The atmosphere and collaboration.
What is your favorite book? Novel: The Dark Tower Book 1: The Gunslinger by Stephen King
Graphic Novel: Sandman by Neil Gaiman
What is your favorite movie? Pulp Fiction
What is your favorite quote? “Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tells us that dragons can be beaten.” - Neil Gaiman
What hobbies do you have outside of work? I like to play a lot of games. I participate in several monthly Tabletop RPGs like Dungeons and Dragons, Call of Cthulhu, Dread, and several others. I typically run games, but try to play in them when I get the chance!
I enjoy playing Board Games with a plethora of my friends. Some of our favorites are Terra Mystica, 7 Wonders, Secret Hitler, Between Two Castles of Mad King Ludwig, but my obsession at the moment is Terraforming Mars.
You can also find me 4 days a week on Twitch stream where I play several of my favorite PC and console games; such as Dark Souls (1, 2, & 3), Bloodborne, Sekiro, Darkest Dungeon, Magic Arena, League of Legends, Teamfight Tactics, Sea of Thieves, and more. In Nov. 2020, the community raised over $1000 for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals as part of Extra Life. You can find me and the community here: Twitch.tv/swdofberserk
Media Director & Photographer
How long have you worked for Verillas? 6 years, since September 2015.
What would you describe your job as? I’m the Media Department Director and Primary Photographer. I direct photo and video shoots, editing, graphic design, web design, modeling, and generally manage day-to-day operations.
How did you end up working for Verillas? Unlike most of the team, Allister and I didn’t know each other at all when I was hired. He contacted me through Model Mayhem offering me a job based on what he had seen from my portfolio. It was pure luck that I ended up fitting in so well with the Verillas family! Honestly, the job felt a little too good to be true at first, having the opportunity to work in fashion in my hometown. (Also, I never had somebody interview me in their pajamas before, so that was new.) But this career has led me to so many great experiences and to some of my best friends.
What is the coolest part about working for Verillas? Getting to be a part of new fashion, from start to finish. We get to see a product in all of its testing stages, be a part of the design process, and try them on when they arrive. Being able to see all of our hard work start as a drawing on a piece of paper and then a few months later being brought to life is actually pretty magical.
What is your favorite book? The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss.
What is your favorite movie? I’m more into shows and anime, but The Dark Crystal is probably my favorite movie. Any suspense/crime drama or high fantasy is sure to have my attention. My favorite show is Outlander.
What is your favorite quote? “A wizard is never late, nor is he early. He arrives precisely when he means to.” - Gandalf
What hobbies do you have outside of work? Cooking, gaming, fashion, makeup, drinking rum, playing with my cats (Freddie and Artemis), and watching a lot of Netflix. I also started my own witchy women's clothing brand with Allister, Dark Cottage, which you can follow on Instagram: @darkcottageclothing. You can also follow my personal account: @kirynyx
How long have you worked for Verillas? About 3 years now, since March 2018.
What would you describe your job as? I am in our Media Department as a backup photographer and assistant! That means I do a lot of the prep work for our photoshoots, such as planning concepts and brainstorming outfit ideas, and occasionally I do the camera work or modeling myself!
How did you end up working for Verillas? Allister was a friend of mine even before I started working for him. He offered me a position when he heard I was looking for work, which happened shortly after I had left my previous job.
What is the coolest part about working for Verillas? Coworkers can really make or break a job- the chill office vibes and working among friends who have similar hobbies really makes our workplace shine. Our new riverside/downtown location is pretty awesome too!
What is your favorite book? I have a collection of all of H.P. Lovecraft’s short stories. I love too many of those to name individually!
What is your favorite movie? Pan’s Labyrinth
What is your favorite quote? “If we wait until we’re ready, we’ll be waiting for the rest of our lives.” - Lemony Snicket
What hobbies do you have outside of work? I do archery and fencing within the SCA, both of which I try to practice each week! I also do a lot of gaming (Borderlands, Fallout, League of Legends, Animal Crossing, Fire Emblem - to name a few at the time of writing this), artwork (mostly digital), and chillin’ with my sweet doggo.
How long have you worked for Verillas? I have been with Verillas since early 2017.
What would you describe your job as? I plan which styles Verillas will create and stock for the coming seasons.
How did you end up working for Verillas? Allister and I were friends for a long time before I saw a job listing for Verillas online. I applied with a resume filled with jokes interspersed throughout my actual credentials. Verillas liked it so much I was hired immediately, and I started putting my problem-solving experience (and sense of humor) to good use.
What is the coolest part about working for Verillas? I love that my coworkers are also some of my closest friends, and I enjoy the unique and interesting day-to-day that comes with being part of a small business.
What is your favorite book? The Myth of Sisyphus, by Albert Camus.
What is your favorite movie? Howl’s Moving Castle, by Hayao Miyazaki.
What is your favorite quote? "Integrity is choosing courage over comfort; choosing what is right over what is fun, fast, or easy; and choosing to practice our values rather than simply professing them.” -Brené Brown
What hobbies do you have outside of work? Studying moral philosophy, cooking, sewing, painting, traditional archery, replicating historical manuscripts, fashion, reading, the SCA, spending time with friends, taking long walks, and taking lots and lots and lots of naps.
How long have you worked for Verillas? About 4 years
What would you describe your job as? I was the Shipping Manager for a long time, now I am in Customer Service.
How did you end up working for Verillas? I was friends with Allister when I was in College, once I graduated I expressed worry about finding a job, and Allister hired me!
What is the coolest part about working for Verillas? That we really feel like a team, and there is no faceless corporation, we are all friends and respect each other’s input.
What is your favorite book? The Hobbit
What is your favorite movie? The Departed
What is your favorite quote? “If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.” - J. R. R. Tolkien
What hobbies do you have outside of work? I am an avid participant in The SCA. I compete in Rapier, Armored, and archery competitions, I love playing League of Legends and CS:GO as well as Dark Souls. Camping with my friends and playing music around a campfire, and many more things.
Shipping & Inventory
How long have you worked for Verillas? Less than a year.
What would you describe your job as? To make sure all orders are processed timely and accurately, while keeping the warehouse workspace clean and organized.
How did you end up working for Verillas? I previously worked for a larger company and it wasn’t a place where I found myself happy. I heard from a friend that Verillas was hiring and I applied.
What is the coolest part about working for Verillas? Everyone is friendly and always there to help when needed.
What is your favorite book? I’m not much of a novel reader, but I love the manga series Claymore.
What is your favorite movie? I think it will always be Titanic, close second would be The Lord of the Rings trilogy.
What is your favorite quote? “Why worry? If you’ve done the very best you can, worrying won’t make it any better.” - Walt Disney
What hobbies do you have outside of work? I spend a majority of my time hanging out with friends, gaming (both tabletop and video games), or drawing.
Designer & Crafter
Kaia is a graphic designer and crafter of specialty apparel with over ten years of experience. She got her start as a crafter while working local renaissance festivals in her home state of Michigan and from there she developed her skills while doing custom work for weddings, stage shows, festivals, and conventions. She loves science fiction and fantasy of all kinds, from books to festivals to film. In addition to working for Verillas, Kaia also posts artwork, creations, and is an advocate for disability awareness through her social media persona Spoon and Shield.
Illustrator & Graphic Artist
Draya Abrams is a Los Angeles-based Illustrator. She specializes in Concept Art and Character Design. Draya studied Graphic Design at Auburn University in Montgomery Alabama. Draya’s art explores themes like “chosen family, authenticity, Blackness, and gender.” As a trans woman of color, Draya has a unique perspective of the world and hopes to share it through her art. Her dream is to celebrate an accurate representation of what it means to be both Black and trans through illustrations, animations, and short stories.