L-R: Moderator Lauren Sherman, Jill Wenger, Jen Mankins, and Steven Alan
In the last week of February amidst less-than-spectacular snowy & slushy weather in NYC, Capsule Women’s opened its doors. Held at Pier 94 for the first time, in Manhattan’s Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood, the space was chosen to fully accommodate the growing women’s show, especially in the accessories realm. To kick off the show on Sunday, February 22nd, an exclusive panel entitled “The Independent Mindset” was held at 9 AM, moderated by Lauren Sherman of Fashionista.com.
The Independent Mindset will be an industry-focused discussion with people making major waves in the business of fashion thanks to an/or while maintaining a fiercely independent point of view.
The panel featured three esteemed guests in Steven Alan (founder of the eponymous retail chain & showroom), Jill Wenger from Totokaelo, Seattle, and Jen Mankins, owner of Bird, Brooklyn. Throughout the course of the candid conversation, they shared their individual paths to retail success, why they believe individualism is key, and tops for aspiring fashion-retail owners.
Attendees viewing the panel
Here are some of my takeaways:
- When growing your business: “you need to make sure that you don’t replace yourself”. – Jennifer Mankins of @
- In regards to staffing and business growth: “You HAVE to find the right people, and be patient”. – @
- In regards to product for retail: “What don’t you already have, and do you need it?” – Steven Alan
You may view the entire conversation in the video above. For more on Capsule’s international fashion trade shows, please visit their website.