In 1997, Carole moved to Los Angeles, California where she started her own business in custom clothing design for individuals in the area. For several years, she was immersed in the western culture and style of dress. Her design aesthetic is highly influenced by this exclusive sense of living; very modern, inventive, and clean lines come across in her silhouettes, and eclectic, colorful prints contrast simplistic yet lustrous hues.
In 2002, Carole Bruns Couture opened in Uptown, Minneapolis where it stands today. Once returning from L.A., some of her first custom clothing jobs include the redesigning of Terry Ventura's original wedding dress to renew her vows with Governor Ventura, the Aveda Congress Festival, and many independent clients in the Lowry Hill Neighborhood as well as all over the Twin Cities.