About Me: I’m a Florida girl with traditional roots and a conservative upbringing, but I have a fierce independent streak and have had a lot of drive and ambition, even from a young age. I've always loved design, luxury and shopping, so naturally I ended up in New York City right after I graduated from college. I went to work for media companies Nickelodeon and, later, Discovery Channel in licensing and product development. True to my indie nature, I jumped off the corporate ship at a very early stage. My second entrepreneurial venture is launching this fall and it is an ecommerce site called Girls on Greenwich, focused on filling a void in online consignment for designer and luxury kids clothes. In order to fund Ripe Ideas in the early days I became an avid eBayer, selling off my designer clothes and accessories when I needed extra money. When I had my two daughters I got into the habit of buying them the most beautiful clothes from brands like Bonpoint, Caramel Baby & Child, Moncler and Makie. But we all know how fast kids outgrow their clothes. The only way for me to afford to buy what I love for my girls was to re-sell what we no longer needed. For years, my friends and even strangers have been encouraging me to build a website focused on designer kids consignment. As it turns out, the luxury children's wear market is growing at two times the overall children's wear market, and consignment is one of the fastest growing segments of online retail, so you could say the time is "ripe". It is a total departure from Ripe Ideas, but I do see my licensing experience coming into play as my goal is to collaborate with designers that inspire me for Girls on Greenwich. The biggest challenge in deciding to take this leap at this juncture? I could say that it is juggling two businesses, my two daughters, and my own personal needs, but motherhood requires multi-tasking no matter what you do. I think the challenge I face now is holding back the fear of putting my own creativity out there, to actually be the brand, vs. hiding behind the designers I represent with Ripe Ideas.
Words you live by/quotes you love: Do what you fear and the fear disappears.
Best advice you’ve ever been given: The best piece of advice I got was from a close friend of mine, who was well aware of my obsessive designer shopping habits, who told me to start approaching the designers that I loved about licensing their brands. She thought it would be a good way for me to get discounts! Her belief in me gave me the confidence to take a bold step that I might not have considered. I first contacted Jonathan Adler, as I was building up a collection of his pottery and pillows and thought it would be cool for him to expand into furniture, lighting and rugs, etc. He loved the idea, and then after that Nate Berkus came on board, and so on... At the time no other agent in my industry was servicing designers, but I have to admit I was an accidental entrepreneur. I was not expecting to build and run a business or create a niche in licensing when I started Ripe Ideas. I was just trying to get more satisfaction out of working by applying my experience to something that I loved and believed in— the designers that inspired me.