We had the good fortune of connecting with Hillary & Jillian Glenn and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Hillary & Jillian, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
As designers and female entrepreneurs who regularly dress for work, we found ourselves searching for fashion-forward quality modern apparel. With our industry experience it seemed we could bridge the gap between fast fashion and high-end designer label pricing. Committed to sourcing fine textiles and sustainable fibers, we set off to create a timeless palette and wardrobe essentials for sophisticated style. This seasonless approach contrasts the fast-fashion mindset, increasing wearability and longevity for our customers.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Having worked in the fashion industry for over a decade, Hillary launched her career at Diane von Furstenberg in New York City and subsequently transitioned into knitwear design. She returned to Colorado to design for major players in the lifestyle and performance industry. Jillian’s background as a contract designer in corporate branding, art direction and photography has kept her close to the entrepreneurship atmosphere. After designing, branding, merchandising and photographing for dozens of other clients and apparel brands, it was time to act on the idea they had shared since childhood. Sustainability is important to us — not only in the environmental sense, but in creating a company and brand that has staying power. We value quality and have learned to decipher what fits into the puzzles of our own lives, as well as what might improve the day to day of our customers. Efficiency and reliability are more integral than ever before, which we’ve discovered as we often work around the clock to keep this boat afloat, along with our families and their needs.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
As Boulder is our home base, we venture out the front door of our office to brunch at The Kitchen, stopping at Weekends and Max for retail inspiration, Elfrieda’s for fabrics. A bike ride East on Pearl Street to Shop Jones & Co and ByElke, then to Weave + Gather and Moxie Bread Company in North Boulder. We run the trails West of the city, and snack at Wonder. Many of our favorite restaurants are struggling, so we frequent our favorites like Jax, Pizzeria Locale and Mateo. We spend a lot of time outside, so overnight jaunts to Frisco, Copper Mountain and Eldora to ski are favorite getaways.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Our team of investors, who has enthusiastically advised us along the way! As this is a family-run business, we are also grateful for the unwavering support of our parents, Deb and Lee Glenn.
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