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Interviews | Sep 17, 2019

Winding Down with Rebecca Minkoff, Designer and Owner of Rebecca Minkoff

InterviewsSep 17, 2019

Winding Down with Rebecca Minkoff, Designer and Owner of Rebecca Minkoff

Rebecca Minkoff talks with us about her company that celebrated female led businesses, Female Founder Collective and spills how she got into design.

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. 

What products are you loving from Brooklinen right now?

The Linen Quilt Set and Linen Core Sheet Set

Hayley is the Social Media & Editorial Manager at Brooklinen. Formerly a journalist at Inside Edition, she has a background in news, and editorial journalism. Hayley is also a photographer and has had her work featured in Disfunkshion Magazine & Misadventures Magazine. This California native loves to be outdoors and can be found surfing and dancing in her free time. Follow her on IG @hayhayhill

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