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.

Arianna Margulis
Illustrator and creator of the Instagram comic @ButLikeMaybe
Arianna is wearing our Madras Cotton Jacket, Madras Cotton Pants, Pineapple-Sequined T-Shirt, and Striped Floral-Print Leather Block-Heel Sandals

After a bad breakup, Arianna Margulis funneled her post-split angst into @ButLikeMaybe, an ultra-clever (and ultra-popular) Instagram comic. Her kinetic, relatable sketches meld her background in fashion merchandizing with a distinctly millennial sensibility. 

Q: What’s your style philosophy?

A: “If it makes you feel good, wear it. Don’t wear what you think you should. Pair a suit with sneaks, wear a short skirt in the winter with no stockings. Wear white after Labor Day! It’s your life uniform, so pick wisely!”

Q: Who or what inspires you most?

A: “I think the notion of failure inspires me most. This idea that I won’t make it, or I’ll mess up—just fuels me to keep going. I definitely do fail (all the time), and it’s been those very failures that give me material for my art. Cyclical!”

Q: Where is ‘home’ to you??

A: “Home to me is the crazy streets of NYC. It makes me feel alive and half dead at the same time. It provides me endless frames of cartoon material, as well as endless workdays and party nights..

 


 

Mantas Zvinas
Fitness Instructor, Senior SoulCycle Instructor, Founder of SurfYogaBeer and
Fitness Adventures Worldwide
Mantas is wearing our Chambray Patchwork Madras Sport Shirt, Indigo French Terry Shorts and Leather Sneakers and our Parrot Crewneck Sweater

Hailing from Southern California, Mantas is a well-traveled surfing and fitness instructor. While teaching at SoulCycle, he runs SurfYogaBeer on the side, a fitness camp that travels to places like Morocco, Iceland, the Amalfi Coast, Ibiza and Nicaragua. He also hosts New York City-based bootcamps, day trips, run clubs and local surf camps.

Q: Where is home to you?

A: “New York City is my home. I love this place—with an infinite amount of amazing people to vibe with, this is the place to make big things happen.”

Q: What advice do you have for other people trying to start a business?

A: “Just go for it. As much as that is cliché, it really resonates because a lot of time [you’re] just being held back by second thoughts or anticipation of failure.

Q: What is the best piece of advice you’ve received?

A: “Even if you fail, you can’t beat that feeling of having tried. Failure is okay, and in fact, it’s celebrated in business. If you go in not being held back by failure, I think that you can really push boundaries with your business.

 


 

Garen Barsegian
Founder and Executive Producer of Whooden
Garen is wearing our Cotton-Mohair Two-Button Suit Jacket, Cotton-Mohair Suit Trousers, Nine-to-Nine Cotton Poplin Shirt and Color-Block Suede Sneakers

Garen Barsegian founded Whooden, a NYC-based creative agency that develops and produces content for brands, agencies and media companies. He saw the need for a new model to cope with the changing media landscape—one that could cover all the bases of a project from start to finish.

Q: When you’re not working, what are you usually doing?

A: “There’s no visible division between work and play for me—play means developing as a creative. I’m both cursed and lucky in that I don’t have a nine-to-five where I shut off after work. In my opinion, that’s the only way to be successful.”

Q: What are three things you couldn’t live without?

A: “Friends, family and the pursuit of self-expression.”

Q: What is the best business advice you’ve received?

A: “If you have a feeling and a strong, passionate drive, stick to that. Ultimately you have to follow your instincts.

 


 

Chefanie
Chef & Artist
Chefanie is wearing our  Floral Cotton Eyelet
Sheath Dress
 and our Tropical-Print Stretch Cotton Poplin Dress.

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.
 


 

Emmett Burke
Restaurateur & Owner of Emmett’s,
New York
Emmett is wearing our Striped Pique Cardigan and Garment-Dyed Stretch Chinos

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.

 


 

Aditya Julka

Entrepreneur & Investor,
focused on synthetic biology
Aditya is wearing our Quilted Down Vest, Indigo Bandanna-Print Denim Sport Shirt, Slim-Fit Garment Dyed Stretch Chinos and Suede Sneakers

Aditya is a longtime entrepreneur with a background in biochemical engineering. He’s founded two biotechnology companies, as well as an online auction house for fine art and collectibles. With a history of successful startups in life sciences and technology, he was named on Crain’s New York Business List of 40 Under 40.

Q: What is your advice for other young entrepreneurs?

A: “Entrepreneurship is not about taking risk, it is about managing risk. The best entrepreneurs I know always have a backup plan, and a backup plan to the backup plan.”


Q:
Who or what inspires you most?

A: “My grandmother was a freedom fighter in India and a leader of the All India Women’s Conference. She is a true inspiration.”

Q: What is the best piece of advice you’ve received?

A: “A business mentor once told me: “Your business is often defined more by what you say ‘no’ to than what you say ‘yes’ to.” As a startup, you have so many opportunities coming your way and so much freedom to do whatever you want, it’s easy to be distracted by too many different things. The best businesses are those that say no to the things that are not core to their mission.
That is what defines success.”


 

Joshua Greene
Co-Owner of Hernandez Greene,
New York
Joshua is wearing our Water-Resistant Nylon Windbreaker and Garment-Dyed Stretch Chinos and our Rope-Print Denim Sport Shirt, Garment-Dyed Cotton-Linen Stretch Chinos and Denim Espadrilles

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.”
 


 

Megan LeCrone
Soloist, New York City Ballet
Megan is wearing our Patch Pocket Stretch Wool Blazer, Fringe-Hem Striped Stretch Cotton Jersey
T-Shirt
 and Stretch Cotton Twill Shorts

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?

A: “Music of course… music moves me. I’m also inspired by people. We all impact each other so much, sometimes without even realizing it, and that’s very special.”


 

Diane Chang
Chef and owner of Po-Po’s, a catering company
Diane is wearing our Striped Stretch Cotton
Seersucker Pants
 and Double-Breasted Jacket

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 Competello
Floral Designer & Owner of METAFLORA
Marisa is wearing our Grosgrain-Trimmed Linen-Cotton Blazer and Linen-Cotton Pants

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.”