I have been asked many times in the last few months; "What made you go for it?" "How did you pluck up the courage to start your own business?” Actually, my daughter Poppy had a big part to play in it…
Photo credit - Kathy Schuh
I’d been mulling over the idea of starting my own line for a few months – would people really be interested in my designs, how would I finance it, where could I have my bags made etc.
Then one day, driving Poppy to soccer practice, we were having a conversation about what she’d like to do when she grew up – that question teenagers dread but we adults seem compelled to ask! Of course, “I don’t know” was the first answer so I made a few suggestions based on her aptitudes & my understanding of what she currently seemed into, she looked doubtful then said,
“Mom, what I’d really like to do is inherit Omgirl.”
Surprise! Omgirl is the wonderful yoga & lifestyle line by my great friend Meghan, who I have known since my first weeks in California; have worn Omgirl constantly since then, to work out in, live in & go out in - Meghan jokes that I wear more Omgirl than her; my kids all wore Omgirl Mini when they were babies & even modeled for a few early press shots.
But Omgirl is not my company, so I answered,
“Really? Well, honey, that’s Meghan’s company so it’s unlikely you would inherit Omgirl. Anything else?”
But in my head the sentence continued…
“...but maybe you could inherit my company?!”