You said that you had a long weaving path to get to this point. What’d you do before this?
I started working in financial services. I came out of school thinking I’d get some years on a resume. I worked with hedge funds and alternative asset managers, specifically on PR and communications strategies and crisis management. That notion was quickly shaken up when I decided I wanted a little bit more room to take risks and fail… invest in the value of the product that I was putting forth and not checking the boxes, so to speak.
We often talk about the successes but we’re into the challenges, too. If you don’t mind sharing, what has been one of your biggest failures thus far?
I left that first gig after the first year. I tried to launch a with a teammate of mine from school. We hooped together. We got cast for a reality television show called Planet of the Apps. Got screamed at by Jessica Alba a little bit on stage. That was another really good learning experience… like jumping out of a plane with no parachute… that attempt to start a company from scratch and bootstrap… figuring out all the best, efficient ways to launch something from the ground up… the takeaways I had outweighed the failure of not being the next Zuckerberg… it was very much okay.
Let’s talk about failures in style. And not necessarily your style, but being 6’5”, 205 pounds—how has that limited your ability to find the clothes that you want off the rack or in stores? How do you shop?
I shop online. I’ve seen somebody either my size or with similar dimensions wearing a piece or something from a designer… that’s usually how it starts… which leads me to thinking maybe this label has fits that I can wear in addition to the other stuff that I can just admire from afar… clothes that are great in theory but I know, on my frame, just won’t look good. It’s about picking and choosing my spots, what textiles, what patterns, what prints can actually fall on my body with a larger, taller frame.