On International Women’s Day, our Co-Founder/Creative Director Angie Myung shares some thoughts and advice on being a female founder. Key takeaways for women on their way: Worry less. Celebrate more (no matter how small the victory). Treat yourself to a sheet mask whenever possible.
What’s a myth about the success that you no longer believe?
That there’s only one definition of success. There isn’t. It’s really about trying your best. Success in your personal life is just as important—or more important—than success in business. Often we equate success with how much money we make, but we all know that money doesn’t bring happiness. I think leading a successful life means having a balanced and happy life.
What are you most proud of in your career so far?
Sticking with it for almost 15 years and building a strong and dedicated team and community.
Connecting with our community through our shops and workshop program at 3 LA locations : Little Tokyo in DTLA, the LINE Hotel in Koreatown, Platform in Culver City, and soon to be fourth shop at ROW DTLA in the span of last six years. There is a thread that connects all the shops but they are all different and curated differently.
What can you tell us about the new shop?
The fourth shop at ROW DTLA will be called the Poketo Project Space. It’s more of a concept space and project space to host different brands, artists, designers, workshops, and activations in a much bigger space of about 3000 square feet—our biggest space to date. It’s a space where we can be experimental and get a little crazy! We’re kicking it off with an opening party on March 18th with Garmentory, a great online fashion marketplace for independent designers, who will be doing a curated pop-up in the space.
So exciting! Now back to you: When do you feel at your best?
Small achievements and small victories are I think what drive every entrepreneur and business owner. Thinking of a new product to design and coming up with cool new ideas with our Senior Designer, Ly—then seeing it materialize from just an idea to something tactile, and ultimately seeing customers’ comments about how they use and love the products that we make. And having a good time with our team members and having a hearty laughter even amidst piles of work and projects.
What are you still trying to figure out?
So much still to figure out: How to work smarter. How to motivate our team. How to be a good leader. How to be a better partner and daughter.
What is the most important thing you’ve learned about business?
That I can’t do this alone. I need to trust our team.
What’s your superpower?
This is exactly the question that Guillaume Wolf asked in the workshop that we just hosted. I would say I know exactly what I like and I don’t as soon as I see something. It’s a gut reaction. It can’t be intellectualized because that’s not how customers buy—it’s their gut reaction. I guess it’s a result of years of art directing and curating our shops with products.
Our Senior Buyer, Sonya, told me today that my superpower is discovering opportunities and then turning those into a reality. Our workshop program is actually a good example of that: I said I wanted to do it, made it happen, and it’s been really successful.
And this is one that I think all women should develop: Asking for what you deserve, of course you’ll need to back it up with experiences, knowledge, and achievements.
What is something else you want women to remember as they build their careers?
I want to tell every young woman to not worry if you don’t know what you want to do. You’ll figure it out and it will happen to you when you least expect it as you’re exploring, putting your heart into whatever you do—and you’ll love doing it so much that it won’t feel like work to you. That’s when you know it is your calling. It will be crazy hard but you won’t mind doing it because it’s what you love to do. It sounds corny, like what people say about romance, but it’s true. Unless you’re independently wealthy and have a fat trust fund, everyone has to work. So why not enjoy what you do?
What’s your favorite way to take care of yourself?
Regular exercise, though I’ve been really bad at it lately. A nice hot bath after a long day and a sheet mask. A road trip up the coast while listening to This American Life, and of course, Netflix and Chillax.