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Join our host, Who What Wear co-founder Hillary Kerr, as she chronicles the career changes that can come at any age in our podcast, Second Life.

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    • 4.8 • 184 Ratings

Join our host, Who What Wear co-founder Hillary Kerr, as she chronicles the career changes that can come at any age in our podcast, Second Life.

    Karla Gallardo and Shilpa Shah: Cuyana Co-Founders

    Karla Gallardo and Shilpa Shah: Cuyana Co-Founders

    In 2011, a new brand launched that would soon rewrite the minimalist’s playbook: Cuyana. Co-Founders Karla Gallardo and Shilpa Shah built a brand centered on intentional design and buying, establishing Cuyana’s ethos as “fewer, better.” Today, Cuyana has grown to eight stores nationwide and is known for timeless collections of premium leather accessories and luxe wardrobe essentials, from alpaca and cashmere. Yet before Gallardo and Shah began setting a new standard in the industry, their early career lives were shockingly different. Gallardo worked at Goldman Sachs as an investment banking analyst, and Shah began her career in interaction design, where she gained over 15 years of experience designing web and mobile interfaces for companies such as Disney, AT&T, and Sun Microsystems. On this episode of Second Life, find out how Gallardo and Shah came together to create a dynamic, strategic brand without losing sight of their mission.

    • 55 min
    Who What Wear with Hillary Kerr: A 2022 Astrological Reading With The Pattern Founder Lisa Donovan

    Who What Wear with Hillary Kerr: A 2022 Astrological Reading With The Pattern Founder Lisa Donovan

    If you’ve downloaded the app The Pattern, you already know that founder and astrologer Lisa Donovan’s knowledge of the stars runs deep. On this episode, we take a break from our regularly scheduled fashion programming to hear what the stars have in store for 2022. Hear about the intense energies you might have been feeling in December, a breakdown of what eclipses and retrogrades really mean, and the massive astrological event in the birth chart of the U.S. happening on January 22.

    • 30 min
    Amirah Kassem: Flour Shop Founder, Baker, and Author

    Amirah Kassem: Flour Shop Founder, Baker, and Author

    Pastry chef, entrepreneur, and author Amirah Kassem is the genius behind the Instagram-famous Explosion Cakes and her vibrant pastry brand Flour Shop. Since the brand’s founding in 2012, her one-of-a-kind creations have gained the attention of millions globally, including celebrities such as Beyoncé, Kim Kardashian, and Sarah Jessica Parker. Kassem has also written multiple books—The Power of Sprinkles: A Cake Book and two children’s books—and has product collections with everyone from Williams-Sonoma to Pottery Barn and an apparel collaboration with Vans. Most recently, she joined the Disney+ food-art series Foodtastic as a judge. But before she began paving her own pastry path, she worked in quite a different creative industry: fashion. She held a plethora of positions in the NY fashion scene, including at Andy Warhol’s Interview magazine and Johan Lindeberg’s beloved denim and leather label Blk Dnm. On this episode of Second Life, hear how Kassem turned her passion for pastries into a celebrated multi-vertical brand.

    • 54 min
    Who What Wear with Hillary Kerr: Actress Diane Kruger on Her Must-Have Wardrobe Items and Upcoming Film, The 355

    Who What Wear with Hillary Kerr: Actress Diane Kruger on Her Must-Have Wardrobe Items and Upcoming Film, The 355

    From her days modeling for Chanel to countless stunning movie premieres, actress Diane Kruger has been dressing the part for years. On this episode, fashion editor Eliza Huber chats with Diane for our January cover story about her upcoming film, The 355; her favorite items in her wardrobe; and the best places to shop, from Paris to New York.

    • 25 min
    Chrissy Rutherford: Writer, Digital Content Creator, and Co-Founder of 2BG Consulting

    Chrissy Rutherford: Writer, Digital Content Creator, and Co-Founder of 2BG Consulting

    Chrissy Rutherford has become the ultimate multi-hyphenate. She is a writer, entrepreneur, digital creator, and brand consultant. This year, Rutherford launched her own newsletter, FwdJoy, where she shares her unique perspective with her audience and covers a vast range of topics, from her relationship with therapy to tarot card readings. In 2020, alongside Danielle Prescod, Rutherford co-founded 2BG Consulting—a company dedicated to educating fashion and beauty brands on how to create actively anti-racist brand identities from the inside out while fostering inclusive and diverse values. Rutherford has become a passionate, authentic voice in the industry, but before she manifested her own unique path, she spent 12 years in the fashion media space, working her way up at Harper’s Bazaar as one of the first members of the digital team. On this episode of Second Life, find out how Rutherford found the faith to take the leap toward a new career path—on her own terms.

    • 55 min
    Jing Gao: Fly by Jing Founder and CEO

    Jing Gao: Fly by Jing Founder and CEO

    Jing Gao is the brilliant chef and entrepreneur behind Fly by Jing, the first premium Chinese food company that has turned into a foodie phenomenon, bringing thoughtfully crafted pantry staples to the modern kitchen. Inspired by the flavors of her hometown Chengdu, China, Gao launched the brand with the hero product Sichuan Chili Crisp, which became the highest-funded food project on Kickstarter and, subsequently, the top-selling hot sauce on Amazon. Prior to Fly by Jing, Gao founded an award-winning restaurant in Shanghai, Baoism, and even started an international roving supper club. But before Gao found her calling through food and flavor, she actually worked as a brand manager at Procter & Gamble and in tech for Blackberry and the global design firm Frog Design. Is your jaw on the floor now? Just wait until you’ve heard Gao’s entire story.

    • 59 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
184 Ratings

184 Ratings

lorraine@kh ,

Lorraine

Listening from Sydney, Australia. So inspired by amazing reinvention stories. 5 stars just aren’t enough. Thank you, Hilary!

gatasm ,

Love, love, love

More important than achievement is how you pick yourself up from a fall. So inspiring, uplifting and energising. Highly recommend.

Salifab ,

Who run the world?!

Discovering Second Life podcast has been a game-changer. At first I listened to the episodes where Hillary (who asks the best questions!) interviewed big names I’d already heard about, like Mandy Moore and Jessica Alba. Learning more about them was fascinating but the real gold was discovered when I started listening to the stories of women I knew nothing about (being in Australia, I hadn’t ever heard of so many of these trail-blazing women or their businesses). Fast forward and I have a new role-model every couple of days and I’m so inspired to step into my own second life. BTW, Ellen Bennett is my superhero!

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