When did you know you wanted to do design and how has it shaped other aspects of your life?
My first memory as a designer was when I was 13 years old. I saw a dress that I wanted to wear for my Bat Mitzvah and I begged my mom to buy it for me. Despite my negotiating skills, this battle was a loss. Being the resourceful woman that she is, she challenged me to make the dress myself. At the time, I was upset but moms do have their special way of teaching life lessons without you even realizing it. So, I did it. It wasn’t perfect, but it was my own. My idea. My design. My work. A few years later, when I was 18, I moved to New York City to pursue my dream of becoming a fashion designer to do an internship with Craig Taylor. At night, I also took design classes at the Fashion Institute of Technology, but only for three semesters. I realized I knew what to do and while I might not have been the best, I knew how to promote myself. You can’t be shy in this industry and I’ve always favored a bold course of action.
What is the best piece of advice you have been given?
How did the idea for Female Founder Collective come about?
I had been in a meeting with a company that hosts thousands of companies all over the world. There was no way to identify the female-founded companies, and as a colleague and I were leaving the meeting, we said, "Wouldn't it be easy to just use a symbol?" and then I was like, "Wait—we should come up with a symbol because no one else has done it." It would be easily identifiable. You'd know that you're giving your money to another female-founded company or female-run company. Enabling and empowering female-owned and led companies is a passion for me. I truly believe supporting other women benefits us all. And it’s the reason I started the Female Founder Collective.
Do you have any rituals or tips that keep you focussed and present?
Rituals: Confidence and knowing that "no" is just the beginning of yes.
How does sleep affect your work progress?
If I don't sleep I can't work. I need 8+ or I am just not a functional human.
Describe your wind down routine.
Put the kids to sleep, have a glass of wine and have a good old fashioned cuddle with my husband.
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