This is a little bit old but I forgot to share it and it’s still relevant. Last month Todd Long from The Big Plate interviewed me about Hello Holiday. This was one of my favorite interviews I’ve ever done because Todd asked such personal, interesting, well-worded questions that required a little thought on my part rather than just stock answers that I’m used to giving. Great experience interviewing with them, and I’m grateful that they shared it on their blog. Here’s an excerpt:
TBP: What do you find exciting (or challenging) about the shift from designer to buyer?
MH: Honestly it was such a relief to back out of the independent design cage I had boxed myself into. It all happened so fast for me, and I donâ€™t think I went into that endeavor with enough preparation. I started as an accessory designer in 2005 and grew that business to be pretty successful by my own standardsâ€“it had a ton of potential. Then I decided to launch a line of bridesmaid and wedding dresses, and I had sales and really loyal and supportive customers, but the overhead involved in producing a fashion line just dragged my business into the ground. I was riding this emotional high of fast growth and took a foolish risk. I learned a lot from thatâ€“I consider it a huge milestone in my career, that failure. It was a sick burn.
And then he asked me some stuff about women in business and I got to flex my feminist muscle a bit, which I always jump at the chance to do.
Check it out if you’re inclined to read those kinds of things! I think it’s one of the better interviews I’ve ever done.