We are so happy to be joined by this week's guest, Sarah Flint. The Founder, CEO, and Designer of Sarah Flint, Inc. Sarah Flint proves that beauty doesn’t have to mean pain by creating comfortable and stylish luxury shoes for women who live any kind of lifestyle.
When Sarah noticed a gap in the women’s shoe market, she began designing her own and she used her network to produce them at mass! She realized that it is time to consider the needs of the modern woman and she does this by creating luxury fashion designed by women on the go for women on the go. We chat with Sarah about her decision to go entirely online, to now opening up her own storefronts for the first time.
In this episode, we discuss themes such as breaking into an industry with a non-traditional background, what it takes to disrupt the luxury brand market, and the future of retail 3.0. Let’s open the door.
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4:56 - Why did Sarah study fashion and what was her early career like?
7:43 - What led Sarah to approach Italian factories to produce her products?
8:56 - What type of person wears Sarah Flint shoes?
10:04 - Did Sarah always want to become a founder?
11:44 - What were the early stages of starting Sarah Flint, Inc. like?
13:59 - What brought on the decision to take the store completely online?
16:34 - How did Sarah make her decision on fundraising?
18:09 - What is Sarah Flint’s favorite Sarah Flint shoe?
18:54 - How has Sarah Flint, Inc. grown over the past few years?
20:13 - How does Sarah feel about the future of e-commerce vs. storefronts in regard to luxury fashion?
22:15 - What is Sarah’s strategy when picking locations to market in?
23:12 - What does ‘E-Commerce 3’ look like?
25:32 - Who was the first or most notable celebrity to wear Sarah Flint shoes?
26:25 - What advice does Sarah have for designers hoping to break into retail?
28:01 - What does it mean to be a ‘modern heritage brand?’
30:08 - What is next for Sarah Flint, Inc?
31:05 - What is next for Sarah?
31:37 - Who is a woman in Sarah’s life that had a profound impact on her and her career?
Season 7 continues with another incredible episode as we chat with Kelsey Mellard, co-founder and CEO of Sitka. Sitka is an online network of experts in medicine, technology, policy, and product with the goal of making access to specialists more available for all people. Kelsey talks to us about her initial career in healthcare, both public and private, and what that taught her before she began her journey of founding Sitka. Kelsey also details her experience of raising a baby and a company at the same time and how her investors felt when she broke the news. The themes of this episode include; problems in the healthcare system and how Sitka is making a difference, the complexities of being a new mom while founding a company, and lessons learned in developing a core product and go-to-market strategies. For The Room Podcast in your inbox every week, subscribe to our newsletter. 5:04 - How did beginning in the public sector help form Kelsey’s view of the world?6:35 - What has Kelsey learned about the complexities of the healthcare system?8:27 - How did Kelsey’s career drive her to start Sitka?11:00 - Did Kelsey ever think she was going to become a founder? 12:16 - What problem did Kesley identify that encouraged her to create Sitka?13:27 - What were some of the early days like in founding Sitka?15:00 - What product did Sitka take to market?16:42 - What lessons did Kelsey learn during the creation and evolution of Sitka’s core product?18:36 - What was Kelsey’s fundraising journey like?23:45 - What did Kelsey learn when ...
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