Successful leaders share their stories through insightful interviews in everyone’s favorite audio format.
Retail Gets Real: Inside Saks OFF 5TH’s digital strategy
After separating the digital business from stores in June 2021, Saks OFF 5TH has invested heavily in creating an unparalleled digital experience for the luxury bargain hunter. In this episode of Retail Gets Real, Saks OFF 5TH President and CEO Paige Thomas shares insights into the digital strategy, leading through difficult times and where the future of retail is headed.
Visionary Chronicles: How to Adapt to Opportunities and Succeed
Resilient Retail: Quip
DTC subscription and in-store retail often feel like they’re coming from opposite ends of the shopping spectrum. So what happens when you combine the two? Shane Pittson, VP of Growth at Quip, is all about creating a shopping experience that helps customers build healthy oral care habits in the most convenient ways possible. This episode digs into the relationship between retail and subscription, Shane’s innovative rewards program, and how Quip has hit an 80% response rate on their post-purchase survey.
Visionary Chronicles: Steps to Avoiding Failure
Why the Customer Experience Matters
Renowned marketer and author Dan Gingiss joined a recent episode of the GRIN Gets Real podcast to discuss what this great customer experience looks like from the brand perspective. In this exclusive interview, he encourages marketers to channel that “inner consumer” within to anticipate the customer’s deeper needs.
Resilient Retail: REI
REI needs no introduction. They’ve been a juggernaut in the outdoor retail industry for decades, and most of us already know that their customer experience is absolutely unmatched. In this episode, Chief Experience Officer Curtis Kopf digs into the ways that REI builds community, adventure, and sustainability into every touchpoint. That means amazing experiences in their physical stores, online, and everywhere in-between.
Resilient Retail: tokyobike
What happens when your entire supply chain can't produce your products? When demand outweighs your yearly supply in a mere 3 weeks? This is what happened to Julia Di Simone and the team at tokyobike throughout the pandemic. tokyobike is an independent bicycle company founded in Japan, and growing rapidly throughout the US and Europe.
Visionary Chronicles: Degrading Brand Equity
Resilient Retail: Goldune
Resilient Retail: Igloo
Founded in the 1940’s, Igloo was the world’s first recreational ice chest. Seeing one today may give us a warm nostalgic glow - but the brand is all about keeping things cool. Brian Garofalow is the Chief Marketing Officer at Igloo. An experienced ecommerce marketer, Brian’s focus with Igloo is less about building brand awareness (about 90% of households already know the Igloo name) and more about dialing in how Igloo’s many sales channels can play nicely together. Listen in to hear how Igloo is pursuing a new DTC approach, and how innovative designs and partnerships are keeping things fresh.
How To Tell Your Unique Brand Story Effectively Through Words, Images And Design
In this episode of the Grin Gets Real Podcast, Katya from Grin talks with Josh about the power of storytelling and how a brand should use it in their business decisions, sales, marketing and beyond. They discuss the role of design in storytelling, and how brands can use influencers to authentically and effectively tell a brand’s story.
Resilient Retail: Allbirds
Allbirds was one of DTC’s first pioneers when they built their successful sustainable sneaker brand. Travis Boyce is Vice President of Marketing at Allbirds and handles all things brick and mortar for the brand. He explained why Allbirds decided to pursue a global retail strategy - and why they view their current efforts as simply another channel within their original DTC framework.
Retail Gets Real: Rethinking corporate culture during the pandemic
Claima Stories with Bimma : Elise Swopes – iPhone Artist
Elise Swopes, an iPhone artist that has worked with brands like American Express, Pandora, and Adobe. One of Elise’s biggest inspirations is her father, who despite ups and downs taught his daughter to walk to the beat of her own drum, even if that meant getting into a bit of trouble while in school.
Venture Capital | How to Prepare your Company
Bryan Smeltzer discusses in detail factors to preparing for and understanding what motivates and the priorities for a Venture Capital firm. Many factors and most are misunderstood, so I explain and outline these common factors to getting a deal. We discuss this and other business strategy topics and pressing issues facing Entrepreneurs, Executives, and Small Business Owners.
Claima Stories with Bimma: Shannon Maldonado – Founder of YOWIE
The What, When & How To Choose The Right eCommerce Tech Tools
In this episode of the Grin Gets Real Podcast, Katya from Grin, drills Derric on everything tech tool-related, from the hidden gems that no one is using, to the must have tools, like email, sms and reviews, that no eCommerce brand should be without. We get to hear his in-depth advice on how to approach tech stack decisions, and what steps a brand needs to take before implementing a new tool.
Claima Stories with Bimma: Melody Ehsani – Designer / Entrepreneur
Claima Stories with Bimma: Season 2 Trailer
What’s your narrative? A thought provoking poem written and performed by Amiri Rose. Through inspiring stories from BIPOC creatives, come learn how to claim your dream career. Season 2 of Claima Stories with Bimma returns on March 2nd featuring Melody Ehsani, Jeff Staple, James Whitner, and many more.
Views from the Bus: Beaver & Pam Theodosakis, prAna
Grin Gets Real: How To Use Data To Create An Omnichannel Strategy That Works
In this episode of the Grin Gets Real Podcast, Katya from Grin, talks with Claire Leon of Acorn AI about how DTC brands can use their data to understand shopper engagement and build a successful omnichannel strategy. They discuss common misconceptions brands have, and why an open-minded approach to omnichannel, guided by data analysis, will give brands the highest returns on their investment.
Views From The Bus: Tony Finn, Liquid Force
In this episode of the Views From The Bus podcast, Bob Rief is joined by Tony Finn, the Founder of Liquid Force. Tony is one of the most disruptive and unique marketers and is virtually known by everybody in the global world of action sports business. 20 years ago, Bob met the stranger Tony and he is certainly the best example of openness, friendliness, and positive energy of anybody he’s ever known.
Views from the Bus: Steve Lake of Sector 9
In this episode of the Views From The Bus Podcast, Bob talks with Steve Lake, the co-founder of Sector 9, a truly legendary brand and a fundamental part of the San Diego lifestyle. Steve shares his background on how he started the brand, and also gives advice to young entrepreneurs who are looking to convert their passion into a business.
SoundCommerce: Mandy Lozano – Chief Strategy & Marketing Officer, MIIR
MiiR CSMO Mandy Lozano discusses how she applies her past experience in growth ventures at consumer-brand leaders Nestle and Starbucks to stay true to MiiR’s identity, serve MiiR customers in an authentic way, and grow the business across wholesale, retail and direct-to-consumer (DTC) ecommerce channels.
Product Sourcing Stories: Taylor Offer – Feat
How To Partner with Influencers And Sell Hundreds Of Products. Taylor Offer is the Co-Founder of Feat, the creators of the world's most comfortable hoodie. In this episode of Product Sourcing Stories, Taylor dives into his experiences growing Feat, handling production, and working with big name Influencers like Logan Paul.
Claima Stories with Bimma: Nuwoe Goteh – Nike Basketball – Brand Marketing
Claima Stories with Bimma: Cam Mason – adidas hoops – Director of Product Marketing Footwear
Claima Stories Live, an interview series we hosted through Zoom in an effort to uplifts spirits and offer hope to job seekers of color during the Coronavirus pandemic, we learn how Cam Mason went from working as a Sales Associate at Finish Line to creating signature basketball sneakers with 8x NBA All Star, James Harden.
Claima Stories with Bimma: Purvi Patel : Reebok – Senior Manager, Partnership Strategy
Fundbox Podcast: Maximizing PPP Loan Forgiveness
Our latest Fundbox Forward podcast is on the air! Listen to our half-hour discussion on How to Maximize Forgiveness of Your PPP Loan. We share and discuss the key steps and documents you’ll need to turn your funds from the Paycheck Protection Program into a grant, while you help support your employees and your small business during the impact of the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic.
Product Sourcing Stories: Dylan Whitman – BVAccel
Claima Stories with Bimma: Portia Blunt : New Balance – Director of Apparel Operations
This show was recorded during Claima Stories Live, an interview series we hosted through Zoom in an effort to uplifts spirits and offer hope to job seekers of color during the Coronavirus pandemic, we learn how Portia Blunt went from growing up in Copenhagen, Puerto Rico, Japan, and Brussels to leading a team in creating the first New Balance Black History Month Collection.
Claima Stories with Bimma: Jazerai Allen-Lord : True to Size – Co-founder
This show was recorded during Claima Stories Live, an interview series we hosted through Zoom in an effort to uplifts spirits and offer hope to job seekers of color during the Coronavirus pandemic, we learn how Jazerai went from making $10 per article writing about sneakers to releasing her own sneaker with heritage sportswear brand, Reebok.
The Ecommerce Playbook: Stop Running Small Tests
Claima Stories with Bimma: Bryce Wong : Nike SB – Footwear Designer
This show was recorded during Claima Stories Live, an interview series we hosted through Zoom in an effort to uplifts spirits and offer hope to job seekers of color during the Coronavirus pandemic, how Bryce Wong went from experimenting with projects in his parents garage to designing some of your favorite Nike sneakers in the market right now.
The Ecommerce Playbook: The ONE Thing We Have To Do To Win For 31 Bits
The Ecommerce Playbook: Should We Buy 6x The Inventory We Bought A Month Ago?
Claima Stories with Bimma: Katie Lau : Under Armour – Director of Sportstyle Footwear
Bimma sits down with Katie Lau to explore how she went from being picked on during a game of hide and seek for quote unquote wearing a pair of sneakers that weren’t for girls to working with Tom Brady and Concepts in Boston to create a very special sneaker celebrating the Patriots amazing 25 point comeback in SuperBowl 51.
Product Sourcing Stories: Mike Sill – Sunday Scaries
Making Supply Chain Growth Happen In The CBD Industry. Mike Sill is the Co-Founder and CEO of Sunday Scaries, the best CBD company in the industry. In this discussion, Mike talks about how to navigate the CBD space, the complexities of a supply chain with CBD, and how Sunday Scaries has been able to become one of the most recognizable brands in the space.
Product Sourcing Stories: Kris Cody – Paka Apparel
The ECommerce Playbook: This Moment Won’t Last, Maximize It
At 4x400 our brands are winning big. And for many brands in the ecommerce space, it’s like Black Friday all over again. This week on the Ecommerce Playbook, Andrew Faris talks about the insanity of the moment we are in right now and has a very simple piece of advice for you: don’t wait, maximize it.
The Ecommerce Playbook: Why Do We Sell So Much Stuff On Sundays?
DeeTour: Nathan Resnick (Sourcify CEO)
If you make goods or want to make goods, this episode is for you. Nathan Resnick, CEO of Sourcify, joins me to discuss the sourcing industry. Nathan has a lot of great insight on making bids, sourcing, manufacturing, where there's opportunity, the future of sourcing and more. As a B2B manufacturing platform, Sourcify has helped 100's of companies make products.
The Ecommerce Playbook: We Are Crushing The Coronavirus
How Pinterest aids in shopping and discovery
For millions of people around the world, Pinterest is the first stop on their retail journey — it’s a place to discover, get inspired and personalize. For retailers, Pinterest is an opportunity to engage with customers earlier and more often, well before a transaction takes place. To learn more about how brands of all sizes are taking advantage of this social media platform, the Retail Gets Real team chats with Amy Vener, the head of retail strategy at Pinterest.
The Ecommerce Playbook: The Coronavirus Is Crushing Us
We don’t always get it right, and things are not always going well for our business. Now is one of those times for us… When we started this podcast, we promised a level of transparency around numbers, struggles, and growth. So, we’re holding ourselves accountable to sharing the struggles – because the truth is, the Coronavirus is crushing us…
The Ecommerce Playbook: Constraints Generate Creativity: Profit and Growth Amidst the Coronavirus
E-commerce playbook podcast coming back at you again in the midst of all things Coronavirus. I'm trying to figure out what the heck the right thing to do is in the midst of all of this, with sorting out all kinds of new workflows, and all it's a real challenge. So, one of the things I want to say right away is that: it is a fact that constraints generate creativity.
Claima Stories with Bimma: LaToya Kamara Manley : Jordan Brand – Director of Merchandising Women’s
How Cotopaxi creates superfans through sustainability
Claima Stories with Bimma: Cedric Fletcher : Jordan Brand – VP of Global Merchandising
Bimma sits down with Cedric Fletcher. Growing up in the Bronx during the 80s, Cedric had a lot of responsibility at home as a child. With his mother working two jobs to provide for his family, he supported by looking after his brother with autism. The maturity he developed over the years helped him to become a Global Merchandiser for some of the most recognizable brands around the world.
How Sephora evolves the in-store experience
Sephora is driving some of the most exciting innovations in the beauty industry, from digital try-on experiences to clean beauty initiatives to engaging “cast members” in stores. As senior vice president of merchandising for color and fragrance at Sephora, Alison Hahn leads many of these cutting-edge initiatives.
The Ecommerce Playbook: Numbers, Struggles & Growth – “Did I Already Blow It?”
Jjoin Andrew Faris — CEO of 4x400 — where he shares the real-life numbers, struggles, and everything in between when running multiple ecommerce businesses. Returning to work after 6 weeks of paternity leave, I'm reacquainting myself on what the heck is happening in my business in the aftermath of Black Friday, Cyber Monday.
The Ecommerce Playbook: Numbers, Struggles & Growth – “The Black Friday Results Are In”
How data drives decisions at TechStyle
TechStyle, known for its portfolio of brands including Fabletics, Just Fab, Shoe Dazzle and Savage by Fenty, has built one of the most data-driven strategies in the industry. Its membership model that rewards customers with better pricing and promotions also enables it to more deeply understand customer preferences and behaviors, and TechStyle uses that data to create better products, more engaging content and reach customers more effectively. To learn more about the company’s unique model and where it’s headed in the future, with Laura Joukovski, president of global fashion brands for TechStyle.
Understanding the future consumer
The consumer is constantly changing, and companies need to adapt and change quickly in order to keep up — or, even better, retailers can be proactive and get ahead of the curve. Following her presentation at NRF 2020: Retail's Big Show, Andrea Bell, Head of WGSN Insight for WGSN joined the Retail Gets Real podcast team to talk more about where the customer will be in 2022 and what retailers can do to prepare.
Claima Stories with Bimma: Saraa Green : adidas hoops – Footwear Development Manager
We were able to sit down with Saraa Green. She grew up in a family full of the fastest competitors. That’s right, she and her siblings were track and field athletes and It was that same competitive mentality she used on the track that helped her become a footwear developer working on laceless basketball sneakers for adidas.
Le Tote CEO on retail’s evolution
When seven-year-old clothing rental startup Le Tote bought Lord & Taylor for $100 million last year, the move was seen as a reflection of where retail is today — technology-driven disruptors leading the reinvention of the industry. Le Tote co-founder and CEO Rakesh Tondon shares insight into Le Tote’s approach to fashion, changing relationships with consumers and what the future holds for Le Tote.
Claima Stories with Bimma: Frank Cooker : Curator / Creative
Frank is a Creative / Curator in the sportswear industry. He departed from Jordan Brand in 2018. Frank has created quite a name for himself in the industry as someone that truly understands the art of storytelling through sneakers. He’s worked on a number of notable releases, from the Aleali May Air Jordan 6 to the Nigel Sylvester Air Jordan 1.
Claima Stories with Bimma: Darla DeGrace : DeGrace Group
Claima Stories with Bimma: Jarvis Sam : Nike – Sr Director Diversity
Jarvis Sam started his professional career working at Music World Entertainment. That’s right, the record label founded by Beyonce’s dad. Shortly after, he started to make a name for himself working in Tech for companies like Google and Snapchat. In 2018, he joined Nike, inc. to lead the brand’s Diversity recruitment efforts.
CEOs Wear Sneakers: Jordan Harbinger
Business Of Hype: Sean Wotherspoon
Business Of Hype: Jaden Smith
jeffstaple sits down with Jaden Smith. He shares with us how he wants to change the world by detailing his creative process and humanitarian concerns. Successfully paving his own path, the young icon tells us he’s not concerned with fulfilling his parents legacy, but focused “[doing] better for the whole world.”
Business of Hype: Peter Lundgren
Tobi Lütke — From Snowboard Shop to Billion-Dollar Company Shopify
Tobi Lütke (@tobi) is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Shopify. In 2004, Tobi began building software to launch an online snowboard store called Snowdevil. It quickly became obvious that the software was more valuable than the snowboards, so Tobi and his founding team launched the Shopify platform in 2006. He has served as CEO since 2008 at the company’s headquarters in Ottawa, Canada.
Business of Hype: Jerry Lorenzo
Fear of God founder Jerry Lorenzo talks at length about his recently-launched collaborative line with Nike, as well as his time as a club promoter, working with Kanye West and designing merch for Justin Bieber. Along the way we learn about the importance of creating solutions, selling a perspective, overcoming fears, and family.
CEOs Wear Sneakers: Sharifa Murdock
Sharifa Murdock is the co-founder of Liberty Fashion & Lifestyle Fairs, a contemporary fashion and lifestyle trade show that curates forward-thinking brands and connects them with the industry’s top buyers. She is also the founder of ENVSN Fest, an event Sharifa started to inspire young women looking to pursue entrepreneurship, gain success, and be the best they can be.
CEOs Wear Sneakers: Daina Trout
In this episode, Barney welcomes to the podcast CEO and President of Health-Ade LLC, Daina Trout. Health-Ade ferments, brews and sells organic kombucha beverages in small glass batches in order to ensure the freshest product. Health-Ade is also the fastest growing brand in the beverage category and kombucha is the fastest growing category in beverage industry.
CEOs Wear Sneakers: KC Holiday
KC Holiday, co-founder of Qalo, the functional wedding band that fits your life. Qalo is a brand that isn’t built solely on silicone wedding bands; it is about so much more. The success that the Qalo brand has experienced is due to their commitment to the ideals and values of family, relationships and, above all, love.
Business of HYPE: Greg Hervieux and Jay Smith of BlackRainbow
jeffstaple sits down with Greg Hervieux and Jay Smith, founders of creative marketing agency and media brand BlackRainbow. The Parisian businessmen discuss BKRW's mysterious origins, why print will never die, balancing the digital and real worlds, creating your cool no matter where you live, and why product always comes before marketing.
Business of HYPE: Benny Gold
jeffstaple sits down with San Francisco-based designer and accidental clothing brand founder Benny Gold, delivering a show that centers on hard-work and acting on impulses as means to entrepreneurial success. Listen in as Benny documents the progression of his accomplished career, from growing up on an isolated Key West island and attending SCAD, to designing the original Huf logo, working with icons like Nike, Supreme and Stüssy, and stumbling into the creation of his namesake label.
Business of HYPE: James Whitner
James Whitner of The Whitaker Group, an East Coast retail empire that includes A Ma Maniere, Social Status, Prosper and A.P.B. On this show, James talks about getting shot and going to prison in Pittsburgh, finding his escape in fashion, the Tokyo effect, fighting the "hood dude" stigma, what's next for the brand, and so much more.
CEOs Wear Sneakers: Casey Adams – Build Your Empire
Entrepreneur, public speaker, and CEO of Build Your Empire, Casey Adams. Author of the best-selling book, Rise of the Young, Casey truly has a remarkable story. He turned a near fatal neck injury from a negative situation into a positive outcome by using his recovery time to learn everything he could about building a personal brand by leveraging social media.
Business of HYPE: Errolson Hugh
we dive into the mind of ACRONYM's co-founder and principal designer, Errolson Hugh. For 80 minutes, we learn how Hugh has become your favorite designer's favorite designer, spawning a new generation of street-minded technical fashion brands. He talks about discovering the functionality in karate gis at the age of 10, meeting his longtime partner Michaela Sachenbacher in college, moving to Berlin and designing outerwear for the likes of Burton, causing mass hysteria with 2015's Lunar Force 1, and so much more.
Business of HYPE: Shepard Fairey
jeffstaple sits down with world-renowned street artist, activist and entrepreneur Shepard Fairey. Fresh off the launch of his most ambitious project to date, one that brings his work into the world of virtual reality, the 48-year-old dives into the genesis of his “Andre the Giant has a posse” sticker and OBEY brand, what it takes to find your own distinct style, partnering with like-minded people, artist legacies, and so much more.
CEOs Wear Sneakers: Snow Tha Product – Rapper
Rapper, entertainer, and entrepreneur, Snow Tha Product is a self-made, self-taught businesswoman, who successfully launched the company, Product Entertainment in 2007. With a combination of hustle, determination and will to succeed, Snow has built a brand that is both unique and influential, especially with her target audience of young Hispanics.
CEOs Wear Sneakers: Stevin John aka Blippi
Children’s entertainer and YouTube star, Stevin John aka Blippi is a creative entrepreneur with a background in brand development and digital marketing who created the character Blippi with the goal of educating children through positive and interactive experiences. Hommy announces an exciting new shoe release in collaboration with the K-Swiss and Blippi brands.
Business of HYPE: Yassine Saidi of PUMA
Yassine Saidi, head of PUMA's lifestyle and collaborations division, details his exciting career path with some stellar advice along the way. As you'll hear Jeff Staple address in his opening, the success of any sportswear brand relies on a recipe of history, legacy, cultural authenticity and potential, and the chef that brings it all to the table. In this episode you'll meet PUMA's Executive Chef.
CEOs Wear Sneakers: Connor Seltz – Bespoke Custom Sneakers
Connor Seltz, aka Ceez discusses his background and the unconventional route he took to becoming a customizer of sneakers and other footwear. He reflects on one of his favorite projects, the LeBronold Palmers, and why that custom job was so rewarding. Finally, Connor emphasizes how networking and friendships have allowed him to flourish in such a competitive and niche career.
CEOs Wear Sneakers: Noah Whinston – Immortals
In this episode, we speak to Noah Whinston about eSports. Noah speaks about his background with sports statistics, his interest in eSports, and how he created Immortals at such a young age. We discuss how eSports is becoming the new frontier of sports as well as the distinction between video gaming and eSports.
Business of HYPE: Ben & Bobby Hundreds
Bobby and Ben Hundreds of The Hundreds dive into their brand's origin story, one many revere as the first streetwear brand born on the internet. In discussing everything from their first run of shirts, to their first employee and first tradeshow, we discover just how rare their finely-balanced partnership is, one they affectionately call a marriage. The two also tackle outside investment, misconceptions of the industry, maintaining relevancy and much more.
Business of HYPE: Ben Baller
Jeweler of the stars Ben Baller recounts his humbling rise from his moniker's hardwood origins to multi-millionaire status hot on the heels of retirement...if his entrepreneurial spirit doesn't spark yet another career metamorphosis, that is. Listen in and learn more about Ben's time as Dr. Dre's head of A&R, what led him to peddling drugs and sneakers, how he deals with fame, and being the mentor the younger generation of hustlers need.
CEOs Wear Sneakers: Natasha Case – Coolhaus
In this episode, Coolhaus founder, Natasha Case gives insight into the moment that led her to the Coolhaus concept and the ingenuity and hustle it took to get the business off the ground. She continues to carve out a unique space in CPG and bring creative thinking to the fast-growing, certified female-owned business.
CEOs Wear Sneakers: Emil Corsillo – The Hillside and Hickoree’s
CEOs Wear Sneakers: Leah McSweeney – Married to the Mob
In this episode, K-Swiss go behind this scenes with Leah McSweeney, the founder of popular female-focused streetwear brand, Married to the Mob. After 10 years of carving out her space in a competitive industry, Leah tells us the unique story of how she got started, and how she’s lasted streetwear's fast-moving culture.
CEOs Wear Sneakers: Mike Cherman – Chinatown Market
Mike Cherman, founder of streetwear brand Chinatown Market talks about his previous brands, his successes, failures and lessons learned along the way. Based in Los Angeles, Chinatown Market is known for their graphic printed T’s, bootlegged logos and most recently, their IKEA dad cap. Hypebeast once said ‘No trend is safe from Mike Cherman’, testament to his speed to pick up on what’s relevant in youth culture.