“I think that I went from someone who is just a designer to someone that became a businesswoman. I think I wanted to hold on to this idea that I was an artist and this was my craft. And I really had to become smarter, nimbler and well versed in business in order to really succeed.”

– Rebecca Minkoff

Rebecca Minkoff is a huge global fashion brand. But it all started with one woman on a mission to make high-quality, stylish handbags. Listen to this week’s episode of the SimplyBe. Podcast as we talk about her journey from fashion designer to businesswoman – with all the highs and lows in between.

Whatever your business, there is a huge learning curve on the journey from artist to businessperson. For Rebecca Minkoff, failure was a big part of the learning curve. From managing a materials mix-up with fellow designer Kate Spade to having to make the painful decision to furlough employees thanks to COVID-19, Rebecca has gone through a wild ride. Through it all, she has managed to grow a design empire as a fashion industry outsider.

If you’ve been wondering how you can keep your artistic cred while succeeding in business, this is the episode for you. Rebecca shares her insights on branding, making tough calls, and learning from failure. Tune in!

In this episode of The Spiritual Hustler:

  • [03:27] – Catching up

  • [09:35] – A decade of change

  • [11:49] – What does the Rebecca Minkoff brand stand for?

  • [15:28] – Why women empowerment?

  • [19:03] – Learning from failure

  • [21:46] – Transitioning from designer to entrepreneur

  • [30:00] – Responding to COVID-19 as a brand

  • [34:00] – T-shirts with a cause

  • [42:53] – What’s next for the Rebecca Minkoff brand?

  • [46:04] – What does SimplyBe mean to Rebecca?

More about this episode's Guest:

An industry leader in accessible luxury handbags, accessories, footwear and apparel, Rebecca Minkoff’s playful and subtly edgy designs can be spotted around the world on young women and celebrities alike. Today, Rebecca Minkoff is a global brand with a wide range of apparel, handbags, footwear, jewelry and accessories (including tech) as well as men’s accessories under the label Uri Minkoff.

In September of 2018, she established the Female Founder Collective, a network of businesses led by women that invests in women’s financial power across the socio-economic spectrum by enabling and empowering female-owned businesses.

This show is produced by Soulfire Productions