What’s a typical workday like for you, if there’s such a thing as typical?
I would say I get up around 8 o’clock in the morning, immediately check my email on my phone. [laughs]
Me too. Sometimes I think I check my email when I’m sleeping, which is starting to get scary.
It’s funny because it just gets worse and worse. Before I go to the bathroom [in the morning] I already know what my emails are.
So I get up, and I check my emails. I work from home in the morning answering emails and just getting the stuff done that I need to do without having any other sound around. Then I take my friend [her dog] to the dog run for anywhere between a half an hour to an hour, while answering more emails. I come into work – I usually check in at New York Adorned first and see what they’re in need of and what kind of jokes they’re telling, just to bring them over to Love, Adorned. [laughs] And then I start my day at Love, Adorned upstairs in my office. I work for both New York Adorned and Love, Adorned from my office at Love, Adorned. Usually I’m with our photographer and our brand manager, and we do a lot of throwing ideas around, and curating… and generally pushing things along up there. But I always have an eye down on the store. I’m always interested in talking to my clients, so I’m up and down a lot. The designers are in-and-out, and we’re having conversations about where they’re going to go next season, and we’re talking about what kind of stuff we’re going to be selling. It’s fun, I have a great life.
Yeah. I’m so jealous!
I bet you have a pretty great life.
It’s pretty good. I don’t get to hang out at Love, Adorned all day though. [laughs] So what the biggest challenge that you face in owning your own stores?
I have a lot of employees between the two stores – obviously we’re still a small business – but I have about 30 employees total, and I’m the only owner, so everything ends up at my doorstep. I would say that personality conflicts between personnel is the hardest part of my job.