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.
Dianna Cohen: Crown Affair Founder and CEO
Crown Affair is a haircare brand that empowers people to create ritual out of their hair routine. Launched in 2020 with four products (a towel, a brush, an oil, and a comb), Crown Affair has since grown to include a range of hair products and tools; has become one of the buzziest beauty brands on TikTok; and is now sold at retailers such as Goop and Sephora. But before Cohen founded Crown Affair, she spent her early career in marketing and partnerships and later consulted for some of the most influential direct-to-consumer companies of the time. Think Away luggage, Outdoor Voices, Harrys, Buck Mason, and more. But when a Google Doc detailing her other passion (aka her haircare routine) began circulating, Cohen realized it was time to take a pause on building other people’s companies and create one of her own.
Who What Wear with Hillary Kerr: New York Fashion Week F/W 24 in Review
New York Fashion Week just wrapped, and Editor in Chief Kat Collings and fashion editor Jasmine Fox-Suliaman are here to give you the inside scoop on what the fall-winter 2024 collections had to offer. Tune in to hear which emerging designers to have on your radar, who's giving a sultry update to workwear, which types of interesting necklines we can expect to see everywhere this fall, and what it was like breathing the same air as Beyoncé at the Luar show.
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Maria Dueñas Jacobs: Super Smalls Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer
Super Smalls is a line of playful, gem-studded accessories inspired by and made for kids. After years as an accessories editor and director at fashion publications Glamour and Elle, as well as working on brand development at personal styling company Stitch Fix, Maria Dueñas Jacobs developed a deep knowledge of the accessories space. So when her daughter, who was five at the time, began playing with her beautiful (and expensive) jewelry, a lightbulb went off for Dueñas Jacobs. Soon, she began channeling both her inner child and her trained editorial eye to bring the luxury jewelry experience she knew and loved to a kid-safe jewelry line. Today, Super Smalls has made Oprah’s Favorite Things list three years in a row and expanded into a stunning range of jewelry, shoes, crafts, and more. Each item is made for play and is sure to bring joy to any kid (or “kidult,” as Dueñas Jacobs refers to herself in this episode) who wears it.
Who What Wear with Hillary Kerr: Amy Smilovic, Founder of Tibi, Gives a Style Master Class Through Her Lens of Creative Pragmatism
Amy Smilovic founded the women's luxury brand Tibi in 1997, and over the years, she's honed her distinctive brand identity and coined a phrase for her design philosophy: creative pragmatism. If you're a creative pragmatist like Smilovic, you find your style rooted in creative expression and utility, and you feel at home in an aesthetic that is at once chill, modern, and classic. Written from the point of view that style can indeed be learned, her book The Creative Pragmatist details all of her guiding principles, from how to style colors and prints in a way that feels modern to how to pick basics that aren't, well, basic. Smilovic has developed a highly analytical approach to making outfits look effortless, and she's breaking down her greatest and most useful style tips for us this week.
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Charlotte Cruze: Co-Founder of Alice Mushrooms
If you’ve dipped your toe into the world of functional, non-psychedelic mushrooms, you’ve likely seen Alice’s chic adaptogenic chocolates grace your social media feed or the shelves of your local boutique grocer—you have Charlotte Cruze to thank for that. In 2022, Cruze and her co-founder Lindsay Goodstein launched Alice with two products: Nightcap, a sleep aid, and Brainstorm, an energy booster. Today, the line has expanded to include an aphrodisiac chocolate called Happy Ending and a limited-edition lingerie collab with Fleur du Mal. But before she was creating mushroom chocolates, Cruze spent most of her career in media at companies such as Refinery29, InsideHook, and NBC. During that time, Cruze realized she loved the food industry, and in the early days of the pandemic, she enrolled in a food studies master’s program at NYU with the intention of pivoting her career. From there, she took on a role as the head of operations at meal-kit company Quinn and later led growth at Nutella-alternative brand TBH. While Cruze was still working at TBH, Goodstein, a former pharmaceutical salesperson, tapped her to help build Alice, and the rest is delicious, benefit-packed history.
Who What Wear with Hillary Kerr: Talking to Paige Adams-Geller of Paige and Celebrating 20 Years of the Perfect Fit
Twenty years ago, Paige Adams-Geller saw the need for a female voice in the male-dominated American denim industry—someone who deeply understood the female form and could help other women find their perfect fit. As a successful fit model for the top premium denim companies of the time, she knew she was the woman for the job, and Paige was born. Today, Hillary sits down with the founder to talk about the brand's history and many expansions into menswear, outerwear, shoes, accessories, and beyond. They also dive into why denim sizing is such a tricky science, what goes into developing new fabrics, and which Paige jeans are so comfortable you could sleep in them three nights in a row, something Adams-Geller tested herself.
Don’t live second life and who what wear on same podcast stream
I live Hilary, follow her on insta and live her interview style, but I am partial to Second Life vs who what wear et al. Lately however, when I go to “second life “ on apple podcast app, everything shows up all mixed together. Please return to separate listings!!!!
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I am obsessed with the information she provides and the manner in which she presents it. It is wonderful this knowledge can be shared with an even broader audience! Thank you…
Inspiring, funny and entertaining
Inspiring, funny and entertaining.