TCU Grads Pen Best-Selling Book


First there was Where’s Waldo? Now, there’s Where’s Karl? Penned by TCU grads, Stacey Caldwell and Ajiri Aki, the 48-page book puts fashion icon Karl Lagerfeld and his recognizable cat, Choupette, among the fashion elite in sartorial situations. Readers are challenged to find Karl among the likes of Rachel Zoe at the Met Gala in New York, near Brad and Angelina at the Chanel show in Paris and hanging out with Donatella Versace at Milan Fashion Week.

Touted as a “fashion-forward parody” the duo created Where’s Karl? together after establishing their careers in the fashion world. Caldwell is the vice president of global wholesale for Thakoon and Aki created MANNA Paris, a lifestyle site for expat women living abroad. They collaborated with artist Michelle Baron for the detailed illustrations.

The authors just completed the American leg of their book tour where they returned to their roots signing books and speaking to students at TCU’s Palko auditorium.

“It was almost like getting the opportunity to tell your younger self a few important life and career tips. We remember being students and sitting in those seats full of questions. We really and truly enjoyed the experience and were so impressed by how full the auditorium was and how many students spoke up with questions,” said the authors.

Since it’s release in September, the book, called “fashion’s answer to Where’s Waldo?” by the Wall Street Journal, reached the New York Time’s Bestseller list and has been covered by everyone from Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Glamour, Elle and In Style. Check out the Q&A with the three ladies behind the book here and keep your eyes peeled for a shout out to TCU.

If you want to add the book to your coffee table, buy it on Amazon or wherever books are sold. I stocked up with five before the holidays, and it was the perfect gift for my TCU friends. Side note: Twenty years later, it is still just as hard to find a recognizable man among a sea of chaos.

Stay tuned for more from Caldwell and Aki. The authors say they plan to collaborate again in the future.

Here’s hoping we know where to find them.