The Red Fleece Collection is crafted with the young professional in mind, offering modern, tailored looks made to keep up with the 9-to-9 lifestyle as well as you do. Worn as stand-alone pieces or together for a complete look, our latest collection will keep you stylish both in and out of the office.
Following this mentality, we caught up with six entrepreneurial professionals in New York who are pursuing passion projects and asked what makes them tick. Learn firsthand from these success stories while exploring the latest Red Fleece has to offer.
Originally from Chicago, Emmett moved to New York for college only to learn he could not find Chicago-style deep dish pizza, and came up with idea to one day open a Chicago-style pizzeria in New York. Countless hours perfecting his recipes at home led to him opening Emmett’s in 2013, a popular restaurant in SoHo renowned for its authentic Chicago-style pies.
Q: What do you think is more important when starting out, having great ideas or having money?
A: “Most businesses start from a really great idea, and when I thought of all of the different perks of owning a restaurant, money wasn’t even in the top five. I’m a businessman by trade, and I knew if I created a great place with a great product, I would make money.”
Q: Any advice for people looking to start a passion project or business?
A: “Do something because that’s what you want to do and not because it will make you a lot of money. The happiest people I know are those that pursued their dreams and passions, and they became successful because of that.”
Q: What are three things you couldn’t live without?
A: “My family, my dreams and pizza – I really do love pizza.”
Chef & Artist
Chefanie is wearing our Floral Cotton Eyelet
Chefanie was young when she discovered her love for cooking, but time spent living in France confirmed her choice to make it a career. From hosting dinner parties through her Victory Club to redefining desserts with her bold and beautiful Chefanie Sheets, Chefanie’s rapid ascent as a culinary influencer is the result of an unwavering dedication to her craft.
Q: What inspires you most?
A: “People who can balance their creative dreams with pragmatic reality.”
Q: What’s the best business advice you’ve ever received?
A: “Create a product for which you yourself want to be a consumer.”
Q: What do you wear to help you feel confident?
A: “Bright patterned clothes that fit well, accessorized with a matching cake.”
Four years ago, Joshua Greene and his business partner struck out on their own and opened Hernandez Greene, a New York-based interior design firm whose distinctive aesthetic bears the elegant echo of Greene’s time in the fashion industry.
Q: What’s your go-to look for an important client meeting?
A: “Black dress pants, loafers with no socks, white dress shirt and navy blazer. Sometimes I’ll do a patterned neckerchief or a pocket square for color and interest.
Q: Did you always want to work for yourself?
A: “Working for myself is always something I thought I would do, but I didn’t know when or with who. I just knew that I didn’t want to have somebody else approving my ideas.”
Q: What are three things you can’t live without?
A: “Paris, potato chips and disco.”
A dancer from the age of four, Megan LeCrone has achieved her dreams through hard work, dedication and unmistakable talent. She is now a soloist with the
New York City Ballet dancing some of the most
prominent and challenging roles.
Q: When you’re not in dance clothes,
what’s your go-to outfit?
A: “In the winter, long johns, dark jeans, a T-shirt and a navy blazer or sweater and a good black coat and hat and black boots. In the summer, a sundress or shorts and a tee with comfy stylish heeled sandals or sneakers.”
Q: What advice do you have for young dancers?
A: “Figure out what your strengths and weaknesses are and learn to show what’s special about you while improving the parts that need work. Be kind and respectful and become a good listener. Finally, take very good care of your entire body. It’s your instrument.”
Q: Who or what inspires you most?
Chef and owner of Po-Po’s, a catering company
Diane is wearing our Striped Stretch Cotton
When Los Angeles-native Diane Chang realized she wanted to be in a kitchen more than she wanted to be in an office, she turned a love of food in to a career. Her Brooklyn-based catering company, Po-Po’s, is named for and inspired by her grandmother’s healthy, delicious Sichuanese cooking.
Q: When did you realize you could turn your passion into a business?
A: “The turning point was when I realized I was spending way more time working on my passion project than I was actually working on my work-work.”
Q: What’s one great piece of advice you’ve received since you started your business?
A: “One piece of advice that’s really stuck with me is to not completely quit my day job. I fund my business, so a lot of times I have to hustle and I have multiple jobs. I still make sure that I make enough time to be creative with what I do.”
Q: What are three things you couldn’t live without?
A: “I can’t live without a good, sharp knife. A rice cooker.
And I wish this weren’t true…but my phone.”
Marisa worked in the fashion industry for ten years before realizing her hobby of floral arranging could be her true calling. Following this passion led to her opening METAFLORA, a floral design studio where she creates modern works of art using flowers ranging from ordinary to exotic.
Q: What have been some highlights since you started?
A: “I’m happy any time someone appreciates [my flowers] because they’re quite different and unique, so I love any chance to share them with people.”
Q: What was the turning point when you realized “I could actually make a living doing this?”
A: “It was a slow progression, and at a certain point, I just knew this was my new career as I phased out other projects I was working on.
Q: What advice do you have for other people trying to start a business?
A: “I think I would advise people who were starting a business to not overthink it and to just go for it.”