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Former Nike Marketer, Bimma Williams interviews leading and emerging BIPOC creatives about how they were able to break into the notoriously guarded creative and sneaker industries. From these stories, listeners will learn how to claim their dream careers. Featuring Melody Ehsani, Jeff Staple, and James Whitner. Listen and Subscribe now.

Claima Stories with Bimma Claima

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    • 4.2 • 277 Ratings

Former Nike Marketer, Bimma Williams interviews leading and emerging BIPOC creatives about how they were able to break into the notoriously guarded creative and sneaker industries. From these stories, listeners will learn how to claim their dream careers. Featuring Melody Ehsani, Jeff Staple, and James Whitner. Listen and Subscribe now.

    Ajay Bouri shares story about leaving Vegas nightlife to create Feature

    Ajay Bouri shares story about leaving Vegas nightlife to create Feature

    On today’s show, we talk to entrepreneur Ajay Bouri, owner of streetwear shop Feature. First generation Indian, Ajay grew up in Northern California. The child of a traditional arranged marriage that didn’t last, his mother divorced his father, but that didn’t stop her from building a life for Ajay and his brother. 
    After, Ajay’s mom joined the Air Force, they moved from low income housing in California to the small town of Marquette, Michigan. As soon as they got to the midwest, Ajay began to rebel and got into a bit of trouble. His mother would move a couple of times to keep Ajay safe, even moving them to Tokyo to finish high school. 
    While attending college in Reno, and he started bartending and working at an insurance company. Feeling trapped by his day job, he would dive head first into night life and decided to move to Vegas. Despite the hustle and demands of the club scene, he’d return to Reno and help out friends with their business ventures, even opening a boutique turned personal shopping service “the attic” and then transitioned into sneakers. Feature. A venture he pitched to three other partners and opened in the middle of the 2010 recession. 

    About Claima Stories with Bimma:
    Former Nike Marketer, Bimma Williams interviews leading and emerging BIPOC creatives about how they were able to break into the notoriously guarded creative and sneaker industries. From these stories, listeners will learn how to claim their dream careers. Featuring Melody Ehsani, Jeff Staple, and James Whitner. Listen and Subscribe now.
    Subscribe: 
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/claimastories/Twitter: https://twitter.com/claimastories

    • 1 hr 26 min
    Ajay Bouri - Owner of Feature

    Ajay Bouri - Owner of Feature

    Ajay Bouri shares story about transitioning from nightlife to sneakers
    About Claima Stories with Bimma:
    Former Nike Marketer, Bimma Williams interviews leading and emerging BIPOC creatives about how they were able to break into the notoriously guarded creative and sneaker industries. From these stories, listeners will learn how to claim their dream careers. Featuring Melody Ehsani, Jeff Staple, and James Whitner. Listen and Subscribe now.
    Subscribe: 
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/claimastories/Twitter: https://twitter.com/claimastories

    • 1 min
    Community Stories: Sol Sips

    Community Stories: Sol Sips

    Francesca shares a story about serving her community by making feel-good, plant based food more accessible, all under a refreshing new look.
    That was Francesca Chaney, Owner of Sol Sips based in Brooklyn, NY.
    The Claima Stories with Bimma: Community Stories series is presented by 99designs by Vistaprint, as part of the 99 Days of Design initiative.
    Learn more at
    99designs.com/99daysofdesign

    • 5 min
    Tiffany Tanaka shares story about representing her culture through her food

    Tiffany Tanaka shares story about representing her culture through her food

    On today’s show, recorded in our mobile podcast studio storytella, I sit down with Tiffany Tanaka, of Petite Peso. A creative entrepreneur that’s Passionate about Creating businesses that are true to her experience, culture, and how she views the world. =
    Born and raised in  Honolulu, Hawaii. Tiffany grew up watching her lawyer parents do things their way. But it was watching her dad leave law to open up a golf shop, which she lovingly calls “a hip pawn shop” that would really influence Tiffany’s future entrepreneurial moves. Although she grew up wanting to be a dentist, She moved to SAm Francisco for art school to study design and fashion. =
    When she returned home, she realized there weren’t many fashion careers on the Island so instead she used the internet to her advantage and opened her first business, an eBay store that she’d run for six years. Selling everything from Vintage pennies, breast pumps, cars to nike SBs. 
    About Claima Stories with Bimma:
    Former Nike Marketer, Bimma Williams interviews leading and emerging BIPOC creatives about how they were able to break into the notoriously guarded creative and sneaker industries. From these stories, listeners will learn how to claim their dream careers. Featuring Melody Ehsani, Jeff Staple, and James Whitner. Listen and Subscribe now.
    Subscribe: 
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/claimastories/Twitter: https://twitter.com/claimastories

    • 47 min
    Tiffany Tanaka - Owner of Petite Peso

    Tiffany Tanaka - Owner of Petite Peso

    Tiffany Tanaka shares story about the importance of representing Filipino culture authentically through her food

    About Claima Stories with Bimma:
    Former Nike Marketer, Bimma Williams interviews leading and emerging BIPOC creatives about how they were able to break into the notoriously guarded creative and sneaker industries. From these stories, listeners will learn how to claim their dream careers. Featuring Melody Ehsani, Jeff Staple, and James Whitner. Listen and Subscribe now.
    Subscribe: 
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/claimastories/Twitter: https://twitter.com/claimastories

    • 1 min
    Community Stories: Operation Rally

    Community Stories: Operation Rally

    Francis shares a story about creating space for young creatives to overcome obstacles and reach new heights, all while sporting a new look.
    That was Francis Santos, Owner of Operation Rally based in Las Vegas.
    The Claima Stories with Bimma: Community Stories series is presented by 99designs by Vistaprint, as part of the 99 Days of Design initiative.
    Learn more at
    99designs.com/99daysofdesign

    • 5 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
277 Ratings

277 Ratings

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Bimma, Guests and Production... all fantastic

I love origin stories and creative inspiration, and this podcast delivers brilliantly on both. Keep the stories coming!

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