We had the good fortune of connecting with Ivy Overby and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ivy Overby, what role has risk played in your life or career?
We have been a company that has taken many big risks during our time in business. From 2 expansions in our original location, to buying and completely rennovating our building in Englewood, to closing our first location and finally a remodel during Covid. While each decision required tons of faith and even more hard work, every risk taken pushed us further up the ladder toward a more stable, creative and innovative business. Without taking these chances we certainly would’ve missed many incredible lessons and opportunities that make us who we are today. I also believe our constant willingness to pivot and reach for the stars has served as an inspiration and energy creator for our team and for our brand as a whole.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I have been a artist for as long as I can remember, so a career in beauty was a natural fit for me from an early age. I started my career as a professional hairstylist at the young age of 17 and I’m proud to say, 29 years later, I still deeply love what I do. I have worked in many creative areas of my industry from being a successful stylist behind the chair-I still work with clients 2 days a week, to technical education, to salon ownership, to skincare formualtion, to designing the spaces we inhabit and luckily for me I love every role! I have the fortune to be part of a creative community that always keeps me inspired and challenged. I believe true creativity lives within collectives and is not a lone process. Creatives need other creatives. I am constantly seeking connections like minded individuals to stay fresh and interested.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I would spend a day in the city and we would have brunch at The Art Hotel and then head over to the Denver Art Museum and then the Clifford Still Museum. Next, we’d do a tour of Denver’s street art and end the day with live show at one of small local concert venues. Next day, I would take us to the mountains for stay in one of our beautiful hot springs resorts where we could hike or snowshoe and then enjoy a soak in the healing waters. We would finish the trip shopping on Broadway and having a great meal at one of our amazing local restaurants.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I have looked to many amazing leaders and mentors over my years in business, but I have to give much credit to the famed stylist Vivienne Mackinder, who has always been a source of inspiration to me as a hairstylist and as a designer. Training with her completely transformed our education program and continues to push our team toward the mastery of our craft and pursuance of excellence behind the chair.