In celebration of Mother’s Day, we reached out to some of our favorite fashion mom’s to get their entrepreneurial piece of advice. Their testament to their business and kids is pretty amazing and you’ll see that these women aren’t only talented designers, but offer great inspiration, wisdom and have cute little ones too.
Angie Marei, Diaboli Kill
My advice to other entrepreneurs is to let go of your fear of failure and fears of not being perfect. If you can’t let go of it, I say just ignore it. I am a super anxious person and I constantly over think things because I have OCD and want everything to be perfect – which can lead to procrastinating or wasting time if I let it take over me. But after I became a mom, I realized that I had to let go a little bit. Okay, a lot! I could no longer control everything. Also, in business you sometimes have to come to terms that some situations are beyond your control and not everything will be 100% perfect to your ideal standards.
Sometimes being almost perfect will just have to suffice. With such limited time, you to have to learn to prioritize solving problems, move fast and go on to the next thing. The best thing I learned is to ask myself “what’s the worst that can happen if this not perfect?” You will surprise yourself, what you think is the worst is usually not nearly as bad as you thought.
Bridal Designer Samantha Sleeper
My biggest advice take away for business is a lesson I learned from parenting, and that is this: slow and steady wins the race. I would never have pressured my son to run before he could walk, or swim before he had ever been in a pool, and yet when it comes to jumping into business goals, I find pressure readily available to rush through the foundational steps to grow a successful business. From making financial decisions that put your business stability at risk (expanding too quickly, investing dollars in promotion over product, worrying more about your studio zip code than the work that is going to be accomplished inside it) to not feeling satisfied at the rate of growth you are achieving in your business infancy, I would say that there are massive takeaways from all the smaller steps in your business that will lead to you “running” with confidence, and that to be a long lasting, sustainable business with a foothold in your market, it is essential to have patience and pride in all the small moments that lead to building a great company.
When I look at how much we culturally encourage small children learning new skills, enthusiastically encouraging them to try again when they fall, exclaiming how wonderful there attempts were- it gives pause to think about how your approach to your goals would change if you applied that same unconditional encouragement on yourself.
Womenswear designer Kristi Vosbeck
There are ups and downs in this business. Keep at it and be persistent- there are so many different ways to stay the course. Sometimes you might have to step back and re-evaluate what’s not working, re-invent yourself or re-brand. Network and talk with as many industry professionals as you can and don’t let the small stuff get you down. Remind yourself why you started your business in the first place and don’t forget to celebrate the wins. Dream big and anything is possible!