Whenever it's a full-on sketching day at work or if I'm focusing on completing a task that doesn't require too much brain work, I plug in my headphones and enter my own little world. I use to listen to a couple of songs on my playlists but I recently discovered podcasts that involve in-depth interviews with entrepreneurs who are changing the game in fashion or the world in general.
I get to kill two birds with one stone: work on my responsibilities while listening to CEO's discuss the growth of their start-ups.
It's always nice to listen to individuals with an 'Empire-state-of-mind' and do not mind sharing their tips and advices to listeners and potential customers/followers. Here are my favorite podcasts that I'm currently listening to:
When searching for which podcasts to listen to, Fashion Friends was literally the first link that popped on my feed and ever since I've listened to the first episode, I've been completely hooked. It's that amazing!
Blogger of ChiCityFashion.com and host of the podcast, Jena Gambaccini interviews various people in the industry including stylists, entrepreneurs, bloggers and so forth to discuss current events, topics and changes that are occurring in the world of fashion. What I love about this podcast is that there's always something to look forward to in every episode. I guarantee you as a listener, you'll be inspired from listening to the struggles and humble beginnings each entrepreneur has faced and soon enough, you'll be immediately following these individuals and brands on all social media platforms.
My favorite episode by far is the interview with Tina Kourasis, co-founder of the high-fashion boutique VMR Chicago. It's interesting to hear the concept and motive behind the brand and not to mention the techniques and strategies that allows the retail company to become a 'fresh face' for the industry. VMR Chicago focuses on one-of-a-kind pieces and with their clean and simplistic showroom setting, it allows the customer to create basic yet exquisite looks.
It is definitely safe to state that if I ever re-visit Chicago, the boutique will be my first go-to stop and the reason why I maxed out my credit card.
Like Fashion Friends, I'm highly addicted to Fashion Is Your Business. As a designer and a growing entrepreneur, you have to know which companies and brands are making a difference in the industry as well as how these particular start-ups can help your business grow.
From interviewing Nineteenth Amendment and Maker's Row, Fashion Is Your Business also focuses on the merge between fashion and technology. If you're a driven and innovated person, it's the type of conversation your ears have been waiting to listen. Their discussions are informative, entering the mindset of an entrepreneur as well as giving the audience a taste of what type of businesses are emerging in the fashion world. Plus, their 'lighting rounds' which consists of on-the-spot questions for their guests definitely make the conversation more fun and ease-going.
If you're looking forward to hearing a particular episode, my suggestion would be the interview with Rebecca & Uri Minkoff (episode #114) . I admire brands that begin their roots within the family for it's not always easy to discuss with your sibling about financial struggles or in this case, catching your brother kissing your best friend (the story is traumatizing in Rebecca's perspective but TRULY FUNNY).
In a previous post, I spoke about attending an event at Rebecca Minkoff's Soho store. The event focused on giving 20-something year olds financial advice before entering their thirties and honestly, I left the place wanting to learn more about making smarter choices with my money as well as a new podcast to look forward to listen to.
Farnoosh Torabi hosted that event and on her podcast, So Money, she offers financial advice for her audience members in her 'Ask Farnoosh' episodes and interviews entrepreneurs where they discuss the humble beginnings of their start-up as well as financial struggles and how they over come those issues.
As a listener and designer, one of my favorite episodes features Katie Lane, attorney/negotiation coach who runs the blog Work for Hire. If you're an artist, whether you're working in fashion or in another creative field, Katie Lane lends a helping hand to those who earn a living through freelance opportunities by providing legal resources and giving them tools to land a desired salary.
From fashion to finances, if you're an individual that wants to grow within the industry, you have to expand your creativity. Being creative is not solely defined by your artistic capabilities but by how you tackle problems or undesired issues when it comes to running and controlling your own brand.
There is a misconception about the fashion world in the sense that it's just a creative-based industry but when you start to hear the stories and motives behind each entrepreneur, you begin to view the industry in a different perspective.
On that note, enjoy listening!
Thanks & Best,