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For Amira Rasool, The Folklore is far from just a business. Not only that, this female founder travelled far from her home in the U.S. to discover the origins of her current business while studying in South Africa. After dedicating her life to African-American studies, Amira has realized that being visible as a black female entrepreneur and being a…
 
In my neck of the woods, the switch suddenly flipped to spring mode and, with that, I’ve been thinking A LOT about growth, abundance and all the things that help cultivate those in life, as well as the things that, yup, get in the way. As you know if you’ve listened to the Spirit of 608 podcast for any length of time, you know that I am possibly th…
 
If there’s one luxury in life that money can’t buy, it’s a good night’s sleep. Except, well, after you hear this week’s guest on the Spirit of 608 podcast, you might think differently. That’s because Catarina Dahlin, co-founder of Swiss sleepwear brand Dagsmejan, is here this week to let us in on her journey from a successful corporate job that inc…
 
It’s the 250th episode of the Spirit of 608 podcast! For this milestone episode, I’m getting all analytical on you and checking in on the status of the first 25 brands to be on the show. I tallied up how many are still operating, who has shut down, who’s pivoted or shifted and who’s IPO’d — and it’s more than one! That would have been pretty unbeli…
 
Pretty much everyone has been in Hayley Elliott's shoes. Hayley had always wanted to express herself in some way, and create something beautiful. For her, this desire manifested in a business that she was passionate about - creating sustainable yoga wear that's ethically made and sourced. In this episode, Hayley Elliott talks about how being authen…
 
Why wait until the middle or end of the year to evaluate what’s working well in ‘21? Two months and a bit in, I want to share 5 things that are working really well for me this year, including: The personality test that has changed everything for me One thing I finally gave in and started doing, and it’s making all the difference Two habits I paused…
 
This week, we hear from a leader in fashion tech from Paris, long the home of industry leading houses and couturiers who, despite their prominence, for years were notoriously slow to adopt technology as an inherent part of fashion’s future. But tech’s no longer an outsider idea in fashion. In fact, many major brands are leading the way forward by b…
 
I love startup stories that involve taking a manual, real-life process and creating a tech solution that mimics it and stories from founders who, in the quest to solve their own problems, end up bringing needed new ways of doing things into areas begging for innovation. This week’s guest is doing BOTH. During her years as a fashion brand rep, Melod…
 
Everyone is talking about Clubhouse, the less-than-a-year old audio app that caught wildfire last fall. Its invite-only nature has added to the hype. But the real question is whether you should care. Should you spend time creating, building and maintaining a Clubhouse presence -- essentially adding yet another social media platform to your plate? F…
 
Starting a business in the middle of pandemic, when the future seems a little unpredictable, doesn't seem like the smartest of ideas, but for Laura Mallows, it was the best one. Laura talks about how being real gave her an identity that everyone resonated with, even though it was totally against how the traditional beauty market presents itself. Fr…
 
It’s easy to get swept away by the glitz and glamour of the fashion industry, and for Lauren Tanaka, it certainly was a glamourous start. From rubbing elbows with celebrities like Charlize Theron and the cast of The Lord of the Rings, Lauren’s first gigs in the industry were every stylist and designer’s dream. But even as she was living the dream, …
 
Want to get visible? You need a story. Better yet, you need to know the version of your story you want to tell right now. One of the things I get asked most often when brands are starting out in their journey toward more visibility is what they should say when they start trying to reach that goal. When they’re wavering and hesitating on visibility …
 
Do you believe in the power of a business to not only be a part of a community, but also be instrumental in building one? In today’s episode, Linnea, a.k.a owner and CFSO (chief of figuring sh*t out) at ecommerce and IRL shop Darling talks about how she bought the store 6 years ago at the age of 25 and has been cultivating a dream from her heart al…
 
This year, we’re closing out our interview episodes with one that speaks to the good stuff that bubbled up from 2020: connections in new and unlikely places. Plus, we’re ending content for the year to take a pause, but leaving you with media intel to get you thinking and thirsty for more visibility next year — and how better to do that than to talk…
 
Almost every entrepreneur is, in one way or another, in the habit of constantly seeking more. That’s never been truer than with this week’s guest, a self-described renegade from her childhood days growing up in a small Texas town and onto a career steeped in impactful marketing campaigns and, from there, to her current status challenging the fashio…
 
Need a fix for your next (current?!) creative rut or when resistance comes up — something that’s super common at this busy time of year? Here are 10 tools I use and love for amping up creativity, visibility and motivation so I can move forward with creating content and continue reaching new audiences. From an Instagram stories editing tool that wil…
 
Almost every entrepreneur is, in one way or another, in the habit of constantly seeking more. That’s never been truer than with this week’s guest, a self-described renegade from her childhood days growing up in a small Texas town and onto a career steeped in impactful marketing campaigns and, from there, to her current status challenging the fashio…
 
Hear more on this week's solo episode of the Spirit of 608 podcast. Ask Spirit of 608 a question <3 <3 <3 Oh hey there! Please help the podcast out and leave us a rating and review on iTunes. This stuff is key to the show's success, and I appreciate you helping me play the game. <3 <3 <3 HOW TO LISTEN: Listen online: Just press play above or subscr…
 
On the heels of one of her most high-profile acting roles, Benita Robledo made the move to channel her celebrity into a platform promoting a more positive approach to fashion. Currently reviving her original blog after a two-year hiatus and launching a number of brand collaborations, this week's guest has built a loyal following by showcasing her c…
 
We're thrilled to have the woman who coined the term EcoFashion on the show this week letting us in on how she built her empire of eco-minded brands, which range from a sustainable line Farm to Home to women's apparel label Yes And to businesses in manufacturing and consulting. Oh and she's also an author, as well as a frequent speaker at high-prof…
 
Have you been hoping to get press, get published + grow your impact? Then this episode is for you. On this week's episode of the Spirit of 608 podcast, I'm keeping it super practical. I love creating episodes that focus on mindset and strategy because those things have made such a difference in my life and the business lives of my clients, but this…
 
When it comes to business, being super comfortable can be a bad sign. But with fashion? Bring it on. For that, we have self-described Queen of Comfort Taylor Jay, an Oakland entrepreneur and designer who has built a brand intertwining ultra comfy womenswear with social justice, body positivity, responsible fair labor manufacturing and no small amou…
 
Welcome to the new normal (okay, everything these days could arguably fall under that umbrella, but moving on): it's a place where a multi-faceted creative leaves a well-known brand that anyone seeking a role in sustainable fashion would covet to partner up with a favorite colleague and take the leap into the realms of new brand-building in order t…
 
On today's show, we're bringing back a conversation that's so good for right now with a guest who's not only inspiring, but entertaining to the extreme. Her infectious spirit could easily be something that bubbled up in the aftermath of a frightening medical emergency that landed her in the hospital close to death. But there's just something about …
 
Have you considered creating a signature talk? What about pitching yourself for an upcoming virtual conference? How about joining a webinar series featuring industry experts just like you? Have you wanted to do these things, but hesitated? Our virtual worlds are literally teeming with digital events right now. But speaking with style from a screen …
 
Sometimes real life experiences are the best sources of inspiration. That's more than the case for this week's guest, a FEST founder you're going to love equally for her innovative, sustainable beauty product and her positive, glass-half-full attitude toward entrepreneurship. On this week's episode, she'll walk us through her journey, from the late…
 
Want to turn heads in the media? With in-person events changed forever and competition for attention on social media at an all-time high, it's an excellent time to try reaching new audiences through positive PR and press. If you're like many FEST founders right now, you are looking for ways to experiment, do things differently and keep your busines…
 
Do you dream about getting more done -- how about on nights and weekends? One of my all-time favorite business creatives is back for her third episode of the Spirit of 608 podcast on this week's show. A designer and maker by trade, this Black female founder has built a business, podcast and -- most recently -- a brand new shop all on the side of he…
 
I recently received a DM from a FEST founder name Allyna with a big question: how to start a sustainable fashion brand off right? Well, yes, of course there was more to it than that. Like many people who listen to the Spirit of 608 podcast, she wondered about finding suppliers, getting samples, setting herself up to seek future investment and sourc…
 
Taking huge leaps in your business can be all about the baby steps. For proof of that, dive into this week's episode of the Spirit of 608 podcast featuring a FEST-ive female founder who started out small and now counts a decade+ as a San Francisco retailer, her line of hand-assembled jewelry in hundreds of locations around the country and a thrivin…
 
Look ahead, how will the state of the world change fashion -- and the business of fashion -- forever? If you're like me, thinking about what's next can be inspiring and motivating. For businesses, the changes up ahead in consumer behavior, spending preferences and what's considered valuable in the first place are inevitable. But what will they be? …
 
Welcome to the second show in the Spirit of 608 sharing + support series. For this episode, we asked FEST brands and businesses to submit messages, news, promos and deals so we could help share and support what they're working on at a time when, more than ever, small businesses need support and those of us seeking to stay visible and market during …
 
Mindset and meditation: again and again, guests of the Spirit of 608 podcast say these two things have made huge differences in their lives and ability to persist as entrepreneurs even through the ultra challenging times we all face. Inspired by guests who told me how meditation benefitted their minds and bodies, helped them recover from anxiety an…
 
I love bringing smart, cool and accomplished media people on the Spirit of 608 podcast every once in a while to let us into their world and bring insight into what the people creating coverage and content think about the FEST space (if you've listened to the show for a while, you know this). For this week's episode, I was *so thrilled* to bring a c…
 
For inspiration and real talk on how to retail in uncertain times, plus inspiring and uplifting yet totally practical and accessible tips for not only hanging in there, but also upping your marketing and outreach game in the midst of a global pandemic, please look no further than this week's conversation with ethical fashion pioneer and longtime su…
 
This week, we're bringing back one of our most popular episodes of all time with one of the ethical fashion movement's best-loved pioneers. Her thoughts on working from and her frankness about building a business during life's challenges are especially relevant right now, as is her participation in face mask-making efforts in her home state of New …
 
We asked FEST brands and businesses to send messages, news, promos and deals our way so we could help share and support what they're working on as, well, everything around us all shifts and changes. For listeners, the gems in this week's episode are twofold. First, you're likely to find a business you want to support or a deal you want to take adva…
 
What happens when you interview a top model-turned-fashion technologist who's lived through the COVID-19 outbreak from her outpost in Beijing? Well, this conversation is what happens. If I have a hunch, and I do, you're going to be both entertained and inspired by what this week's guest has to say about the world right now -- as well as her journey…
 
Behind every collection is designer Belinda Kazanci, who started BEL KAZAN after a life-changing journey to Bali, Indonesia. From the delicate flower offerings that lined the streets to their vibrant textiles and joyful spirits, she felt an unparalleled sense of inspiration among the Balinese people. It was then that Belinda decided to uproot her l…
 
It's an podAMA! This week's episode is an Ask Me Anything featuring questions for listeners, Instagram followers and members of the Spirit of 608 Facebook group. What's this all about? The episode is all about what's on your mind. I'm weighing in with thoughts on everything from social media etiquette for maintaining privacy at a time when it seems…
 
When it comes to conscious consumerism, advocates for minimalism and intentional shopping, both seemingly gentler ways to enjoy fashion, often run up against the harsh reality of U.S. consumers' baked in urge to, well, consume. In the face of that, swapping style online stands out as an alternative that, these days, is starting to hold more than am…
 
Business can be heavy. But this week, the Spirit of 608 is all about bringing the light. Just look at our guest's brand name for starters. Next, consider how this female founder went from a bad situation with a former business partner to owning her own space, expanding into a second business and, fast forward to today, occupying a beautiful gallery…
 
In uplifting news, this week's guest is not only bringing to market bras for busty women who want to live active lifestyles (and feel comfortable while doing it, like that's so much to ask), but she's doing it her own way. One day she may be talking to a room full of almost 100 female CEOs, another figuring out how to manufacture ethically and with…
 
There's no doubt about it: global business is changing rapidly. Along with it, the game of getting -- and staying -- visible is nothing like it used to be. You probably know you need to have a plan for reaching new people and spreading your message that goes beyond outdated PR tactics and blasting your press release to lists of journalists. But wha…
 
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