Rahama Wright | Shea Yeleen Health and Beauty
I've always wanted to work on African related issues especially focused on women. Initially, my plan was to work for the Department of State after I finished my Peace Corps service, but my career path changed during Peace Corps. I felt compelled to start a social enterprise after seeing many financial challenges facing women in my rural Malian village.
Sofia Salazar | Textile Designer
Hi LFC! I'm Sofia and I'm a textile designer, I'm Argentinian, I live in the UK, and I'm now my own boss. Both of my parents are artists and they've always worked on their own. I grew up surrounded by people that 'made things' for a living. Whether it was clothing, accessories, tapestries or even houses, they were building, they were creating - and that really had an impact on my whole perception of life and family and career.
Sarah Gibson Tuttle | Olive & June
Sarah Gibson Tuttle is the founder of LA-based nail salon Olive & June. Originally from New York, Sarah left Wall Street for sunny LA, where she opened the nail salon of all nail salons. Styled around the idea that there needed to be a middle ground for getting your nails done without having to shell out hundreds or worry about if the tools were being cleaned properly, Olive & June is the nail salon that knows just how you like your nails done with an extra touch of pampering.
Merin Guthrie | Kit
Merin Guthrie is the Founder and CEO of Kit, an innovative Made in America clothing start-up changing the way clothes are made. Their e-commerce platform provides an antidote to standard sizing and throwaway fashion by offering custom fit clothing based on each individual customer's height, weight, build and muscle mass.
Kylie Nakao | Tarin Thomas
My name is Kylie Nakao and I’m the founder, owner, and designer of Tarin Thomas, a jewelry brand based and handmade in New York City. I was previously a buyer, but soon started creating my own pieces and in 2013, Tarin Thomas was born! Our jewelry really explores the contrast between masculine and feminine, delicate and bold, modern and traditional, which is what I think makes it so unique.
Alexa Mullane | Potion London
The point that you should start your own business is when you find yourself at work thinking ‘if it was up to me I would do this differently.’ Some people are natural entrepreneurs from the word go and some people hop from job to job before making the leap. I don’t think there’s necessarily a right or wrong way of going about it but I do believe that getting some experience under your belt first can be invaluable.
Emma Fortini | 14e cosmetics
My name is Emma Fortini (14e). I am a make-up artist and the founder of 14e cosmetics. My passion for makeup started at a young age. I always enjoyed doing makeup for my friends, whether it be for a school dance, on the weekends, or any occasion that came my way. Art was also a fundamental part of life and following high school, I studied studio art at Cal State Channel Islands.
Jacqueline Flaggiello | Jolie Laide
Where does one start when writing about the path to entrepreneurship, especially as a female? I guess somewhere around the beginning when I liked too many things at once and couldn’t keep a full-time “proper” job no matter the salary. I was restless, curious and had too many ideas of my own. Sound familiar?
Stephanie Lavaggi | Jr. Art Director at Free People
My name is Stephanie Lavaggi and I was born and raised in sunny Los Angeles. (Fun fact - An uber driver once told me that people born in LA who still live there are called "unicorns" since everyone moves from somewhere else to live the LA dream - which I'll gladly accept.)
Bianca Rose and Ariana Pearl | base-ology
Base-ology is the baby that ties the two of us together. As stylists, we understand the psychology of fashion and the fact that putting something on everyday not only reflects your mood but can also change it. We believe that the clothes you wear tell a story and base-ology exists to help others create and live their story in a unique way.
Devin Del Secco | DazedWaves
I started DazedWaves around 2 years ago, as a small Etsy shop selling handmade jewelry. I would be out shopping and see pieces that I liked and convince myself that I could make them - in fact, I could make it better. I would take jewelry pieces that inspired me and put my own flare on them.
Jacquelyn Zoeller | Heartman Clothing
If there is one thing I learned in college, it is exactly what I don’t want to do. As a senior at the University of Wisconsin, I learned a little too late in the game that I was going down the totally wrong path for myself. It was quite an expensive realization to have. I felt like I just wasted four critical years, and I was now left with a degree in something I wanted nothing to do with.
Lauren Schwab and Marissa Vosper | Negative Underwear
Meet Lauren Schwab and Marissa Vosper, cofounders of Negative Underwear: a lingerie brand that lives by the idea "less is more". Schwab and Vosper give us an inside look into the creation of Negative, as well as share the best advice they've received, where they draw inspiration from, and more.