Successful leaders share their stories through insightful interviews in everyone’s favorite audio format.
This show was recorded during Claima Stories Live, an interview series we hosted through Zoom in an effort to uplifts spirits and offer hope to job seekers of color during the Coronavirus pandemic, we learn how Portia Blunt went from growing up in Copenhagen, Puerto Rico, Japan, and Brussels to leading a team in creating the first New Balance Black History Month Collection.
This show was recorded during Claima Stories Live, an interview series we hosted through Zoom in an effort to uplifts spirits and offer hope to job seekers of color during the Coronavirus pandemic, we learn how Jazerai went from making $10 per article writing about sneakers to releasing her own sneaker with heritage sportswear brand, Reebok.
This show was recorded during Claima Stories Live, an interview series we hosted through Zoom in an effort to uplifts spirits and offer hope to job seekers of color during the Coronavirus pandemic, how Bryce Wong went from experimenting with projects in his parents garage to designing some of your favorite Nike sneakers in the market right now.
Bimma sits down with Katie Lau to explore how she went from being picked on during a game of hide and seek for quote unquote wearing a pair of sneakers that weren’t for girls to working with Tom Brady and Concepts in Boston to create a very special sneaker celebrating the Patriots amazing 25 point comeback in SuperBowl 51.
At 4x400 our brands are winning big. And for many brands in the ecommerce space, it’s like Black Friday all over again. This week on the Ecommerce Playbook, Andrew Faris talks about the insanity of the moment we are in right now and has a very simple piece of advice for you: don’t wait, maximize it.
If you make goods or want to make goods, this episode is for you. Nathan Resnick, CEO of Sourcify, joins me to discuss the sourcing industry. Nathan has a lot of great insight on making bids, sourcing, manufacturing, where there's opportunity, the future of sourcing and more. As a B2B manufacturing platform, Sourcify has helped 100's of companies make products.
For millions of people around the world, Pinterest is the first stop on their retail journey — it’s a place to discover, get inspired and personalize. For retailers, Pinterest is an opportunity to engage with customers earlier and more often, well before a transaction takes place. To learn more about how brands of all sizes are taking advantage of this social media platform, the Retail Gets Real team chats with Amy Vener, the head of retail strategy at Pinterest.
We don’t always get it right, and things are not always going well for our business. Now is one of those times for us… When we started this podcast, we promised a level of transparency around numbers, struggles, and growth. So, we’re holding ourselves accountable to sharing the struggles – because the truth is, the Coronavirus is crushing us…
E-commerce playbook podcast coming back at you again in the midst of all things Coronavirus. I'm trying to figure out what the heck the right thing to do is in the midst of all of this, with sorting out all kinds of new workflows, and all it's a real challenge. So, one of the things I want to say right away is that: it is a fact that constraints generate creativity.
Bimma sits down with Cedric Fletcher. Growing up in the Bronx during the 80s, Cedric had a lot of responsibility at home as a child. With his mother working two jobs to provide for his family, he supported by looking after his brother with autism. The maturity he developed over the years helped him to become a Global Merchandiser for some of the most recognizable brands around the world.
Sephora is driving some of the most exciting innovations in the beauty industry, from digital try-on experiences to clean beauty initiatives to engaging “cast members” in stores. As senior vice president of merchandising for color and fragrance at Sephora, Alison Hahn leads many of these cutting-edge initiatives.
Jjoin Andrew Faris — CEO of 4x400 — where he shares the real-life numbers, struggles, and everything in between when running multiple ecommerce businesses. Returning to work after 6 weeks of paternity leave, I'm reacquainting myself on what the heck is happening in my business in the aftermath of Black Friday, Cyber Monday.
TechStyle, known for its portfolio of brands including Fabletics, Just Fab, Shoe Dazzle and Savage by Fenty, has built one of the most data-driven strategies in the industry. Its membership model that rewards customers with better pricing and promotions also enables it to more deeply understand customer preferences and behaviors, and TechStyle uses that data to create better products, more engaging content and reach customers more effectively. To learn more about the company’s unique model and where it’s headed in the future, with Laura Joukovski, president of global fashion brands for TechStyle.
The consumer is constantly changing, and companies need to adapt and change quickly in order to keep up — or, even better, retailers can be proactive and get ahead of the curve. Following her presentation at NRF 2020: Retail's Big Show, Andrea Bell, Head of WGSN Insight for WGSN joined the Retail Gets Real podcast team to talk more about where the customer will be in 2022 and what retailers can do to prepare.
We were able to sit down with Saraa Green. She grew up in a family full of the fastest competitors. That’s right, she and her siblings were track and field athletes and It was that same competitive mentality she used on the track that helped her become a footwear developer working on laceless basketball sneakers for adidas.
When seven-year-old clothing rental startup Le Tote bought Lord & Taylor for $100 million last year, the move was seen as a reflection of where retail is today — technology-driven disruptors leading the reinvention of the industry. Le Tote co-founder and CEO Rakesh Tondon shares insight into Le Tote’s approach to fashion, changing relationships with consumers and what the future holds for Le Tote.
Frank is a Creative / Curator in the sportswear industry. He departed from Jordan Brand in 2018. Frank has created quite a name for himself in the industry as someone that truly understands the art of storytelling through sneakers. He’s worked on a number of notable releases, from the Aleali May Air Jordan 6 to the Nigel Sylvester Air Jordan 1.
Jarvis Sam started his professional career working at Music World Entertainment. That’s right, the record label founded by Beyonce’s dad. Shortly after, he started to make a name for himself working in Tech for companies like Google and Snapchat. In 2018, he joined Nike, inc. to lead the brand’s Diversity recruitment efforts.
jeffstaple sits down with Jaden Smith. He shares with us how he wants to change the world by detailing his creative process and humanitarian concerns. Successfully paving his own path, the young icon tells us he’s not concerned with fulfilling his parents legacy, but focused “[doing] better for the whole world.”
Tobi Lütke (@tobi) is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Shopify. In 2004, Tobi began building software to launch an online snowboard store called Snowdevil. It quickly became obvious that the software was more valuable than the snowboards, so Tobi and his founding team launched the Shopify platform in 2006. He has served as CEO since 2008 at the company’s headquarters in Ottawa, Canada.
Fear of God founder Jerry Lorenzo talks at length about his recently-launched collaborative line with Nike, as well as his time as a club promoter, working with Kanye West and designing merch for Justin Bieber. Along the way we learn about the importance of creating solutions, selling a perspective, overcoming fears, and family.
Sharifa Murdock is the co-founder of Liberty Fashion & Lifestyle Fairs, a contemporary fashion and lifestyle trade show that curates forward-thinking brands and connects them with the industry’s top buyers. She is also the founder of ENVSN Fest, an event Sharifa started to inspire young women looking to pursue entrepreneurship, gain success, and be the best they can be.
In this episode, Barney welcomes to the podcast CEO and President of Health-Ade LLC, Daina Trout. Health-Ade ferments, brews and sells organic kombucha beverages in small glass batches in order to ensure the freshest product. Health-Ade is also the fastest growing brand in the beverage category and kombucha is the fastest growing category in beverage industry.
KC Holiday, co-founder of Qalo, the functional wedding band that fits your life. Qalo is a brand that isn’t built solely on silicone wedding bands; it is about so much more. The success that the Qalo brand has experienced is due to their commitment to the ideals and values of family, relationships and, above all, love.
jeffstaple sits down with Greg Hervieux and Jay Smith, founders of creative marketing agency and media brand BlackRainbow. The Parisian businessmen discuss BKRW's mysterious origins, why print will never die, balancing the digital and real worlds, creating your cool no matter where you live, and why product always comes before marketing.
jeffstaple sits down with San Francisco-based designer and accidental clothing brand founder Benny Gold, delivering a show that centers on hard-work and acting on impulses as means to entrepreneurial success. Listen in as Benny documents the progression of his accomplished career, from growing up on an isolated Key West island and attending SCAD, to designing the original Huf logo, working with icons like Nike, Supreme and Stüssy, and stumbling into the creation of his namesake label.
James Whitner of The Whitaker Group, an East Coast retail empire that includes A Ma Maniere, Social Status, Prosper and A.P.B. On this show, James talks about getting shot and going to prison in Pittsburgh, finding his escape in fashion, the Tokyo effect, fighting the "hood dude" stigma, what's next for the brand, and so much more.
Entrepreneur, public speaker, and CEO of Build Your Empire, Casey Adams. Author of the best-selling book, Rise of the Young, Casey truly has a remarkable story. He turned a near fatal neck injury from a negative situation into a positive outcome by using his recovery time to learn everything he could about building a personal brand by leveraging social media.
we dive into the mind of ACRONYM's co-founder and principal designer, Errolson Hugh. For 80 minutes, we learn how Hugh has become your favorite designer's favorite designer, spawning a new generation of street-minded technical fashion brands. He talks about discovering the functionality in karate gis at the age of 10, meeting his longtime partner Michaela Sachenbacher in college, moving to Berlin and designing outerwear for the likes of Burton, causing mass hysteria with 2015's Lunar Force 1, and so much more.
jeffstaple sits down with world-renowned street artist, activist and entrepreneur Shepard Fairey. Fresh off the launch of his most ambitious project to date, one that brings his work into the world of virtual reality, the 48-year-old dives into the genesis of his “Andre the Giant has a posse” sticker and OBEY brand, what it takes to find your own distinct style, partnering with like-minded people, artist legacies, and so much more.
Rapper, entertainer, and entrepreneur, Snow Tha Product is a self-made, self-taught businesswoman, who successfully launched the company, Product Entertainment in 2007. With a combination of hustle, determination and will to succeed, Snow has built a brand that is both unique and influential, especially with her target audience of young Hispanics.
Children’s entertainer and YouTube star, Stevin John aka Blippi is a creative entrepreneur with a background in brand development and digital marketing who created the character Blippi with the goal of educating children through positive and interactive experiences. Hommy announces an exciting new shoe release in collaboration with the K-Swiss and Blippi brands.
Yassine Saidi, head of PUMA's lifestyle and collaborations division, details his exciting career path with some stellar advice along the way. As you'll hear Jeff Staple address in his opening, the success of any sportswear brand relies on a recipe of history, legacy, cultural authenticity and potential, and the chef that brings it all to the table. In this episode you'll meet PUMA's Executive Chef.
Connor Seltz, aka Ceez discusses his background and the unconventional route he took to becoming a customizer of sneakers and other footwear. He reflects on one of his favorite projects, the LeBronold Palmers, and why that custom job was so rewarding. Finally, Connor emphasizes how networking and friendships have allowed him to flourish in such a competitive and niche career.
In this episode, we speak to Noah Whinston about eSports. Noah speaks about his background with sports statistics, his interest in eSports, and how he created Immortals at such a young age. We discuss how eSports is becoming the new frontier of sports as well as the distinction between video gaming and eSports.
Bobby and Ben Hundreds of The Hundreds dive into their brand's origin story, one many revere as the first streetwear brand born on the internet. In discussing everything from their first run of shirts, to their first employee and first tradeshow, we discover just how rare their finely-balanced partnership is, one they affectionately call a marriage. The two also tackle outside investment, misconceptions of the industry, maintaining relevancy and much more.
Jeweler of the stars Ben Baller recounts his humbling rise from his moniker's hardwood origins to multi-millionaire status hot on the heels of retirement...if his entrepreneurial spirit doesn't spark yet another career metamorphosis, that is. Listen in and learn more about Ben's time as Dr. Dre's head of A&R, what led him to peddling drugs and sneakers, how he deals with fame, and being the mentor the younger generation of hustlers need.
In this episode, Coolhaus founder, Natasha Case gives insight into the moment that led her to the Coolhaus concept and the ingenuity and hustle it took to get the business off the ground. She continues to carve out a unique space in CPG and bring creative thinking to the fast-growing, certified female-owned business.
In this episode, K-Swiss go behind this scenes with Leah McSweeney, the founder of popular female-focused streetwear brand, Married to the Mob. After 10 years of carving out her space in a competitive industry, Leah tells us the unique story of how she got started, and how she’s lasted streetwear's fast-moving culture.
Mike Cherman, founder of streetwear brand Chinatown Market talks about his previous brands, his successes, failures and lessons learned along the way. Based in Los Angeles, Chinatown Market is known for their graphic printed T’s, bootlegged logos and most recently, their IKEA dad cap. Hypebeast once said ‘No trend is safe from Mike Cherman’, testament to his speed to pick up on what’s relevant in youth culture.