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It takes the courage of entrepreneurs to play in a space where the Goliaths of the luxury industry roam free. Facing the Giants is a podcast that puts a spotlight on the founders of new luxury startups and the weapons in their arsenal to compete with industry incumbents. Host Scott Kerr talks to luxury entrepreneurs about what's driving them and how their companies are pointing a new way forward to meet the changing demands of the luxury business and affluent consumers. They also share smart strategies to survive and maybe even thrive in the land of the giants.

Facing the Giants Scott Kerr

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It takes the courage of entrepreneurs to play in a space where the Goliaths of the luxury industry roam free. Facing the Giants is a podcast that puts a spotlight on the founders of new luxury startups and the weapons in their arsenal to compete with industry incumbents. Host Scott Kerr talks to luxury entrepreneurs about what's driving them and how their companies are pointing a new way forward to meet the changing demands of the luxury business and affluent consumers. They also share smart strategies to survive and maybe even thrive in the land of the giants.

    Luis Torres, Co-Founder of Freud Cigar Co.

    Luis Torres, Co-Founder of Freud Cigar Co.

    On this episode of Facing the Giants, Scott Kerr speaks with Luis Torres, co-Founder of Freud Cigar Co. about the recent launch of the luxury cigar brand inspired by one of the most famous cigar smokers - Dr. Sigmund Freud. Luis talks about how they secured the Freud name and introducing a "SuperEgo" line to keep with the theme, why it's positioned as a luxury brand, and generating awareness in a crowded premium cigar market. Plus: Why Freud Cigar Co. hired the "Bob Dylan" of the tobacco industry

    Featuring:
    Luis Torres, Co-Founder of Freud Cigar Co. (freudcigars.com)

    Host:
    Scott Kerr, Founder & President of Silvertone Consulting

    About Facing the Giants podcast:
    Luxury entrepreneurs talk about competing with the Goliaths of the industry.

    Stay Connected:
    Twitter: @facinggiantspod, @scott_kerr, @silvertone_inc
    Email: scott@silvertoneconsulting.com

    Don't forget to subscribe, rate, and review!

    • 24 min
    Gamze Ates, Founder and CEO of My Beachy Side

    Gamze Ates, Founder and CEO of My Beachy Side

    On this episode of Facing the Giants, Scott Kerr speaks with Gamze Ates, founder and CEO of My Beachy Side, a mission-driven luxury resortwear brand handcrafted by underprivileged women from Turkey and Syria. Gamze discusses how she creates economic and growth opportunities for these disadvantaged women, the brand's sustainability practices, scaling a handmade production business, and collaborating with hit Netflix series "Emily in Paris" for the show's first capsule collection.

    Featuring:
    Gamze Ates, Founder of My Beachy Side (mybeachyside.com)

    Host:
    Scott Kerr, Founder & President of Silvertone Consulting

    About Facing the Giants podcast:
    Luxury entrepreneurs talk about competing with the Goliaths of the industry.

    Stay Connected:
    Twitter: @facinggiantspod, @scott_kerr, @silvertone_inc
    Email: scott@silvertoneconsulting.com

    Don't forget to subscribe, rate, and review!

    • 28 min
    Paula Crown, Artist and Entrepreneur, AspenX

    Paula Crown, Artist and Entrepreneur, AspenX

    On this episode of Facing the Giants, Scott Kerr speaks with artist and entrepreneur Paula Crown about the recent launch of AspenX, a new retail and experiential luxury lifestyle brand that captures the spirit of wealthy hotspot Aspen, Colorado. Crown, whose family owns the Aspen Skiing Company and iconic uber-luxe resort The Little Nell, discusses her vision behind the brand, collaborating with Prada on a line of eco-friendly winter wear, competing in a crowded field of luxury skiwear brands, and the relaunch of the highly sought-after AspenX Mountain Club and the benefits of paying a $275,000 initiation fee. Plus: A 'snow beach' pop-up in partnership with acclaimed photographer Gray Malin

    Featuring:
    Paula Crown, Artist and Entrepreneur, AspenX (aspenx.com)

    Host:
    Scott Kerr, Founder & President of Silvertone Consulting

    About Facing the Giants podcast:
    Luxury entrepreneurs talk about competing with the Goliaths of the industry.

    Stay Connected:
    Twitter: @facinggiantspod, @scott_kerr, @silvertone_inc
    Email: scott@silvertoneconsulting.com
    Newsletter: brilliantcut.substack.com

    Don't forget to subscribe, rate, and review!

    • 32 min
    Jean Lin, Founder and Creative Director at Colony

    Jean Lin, Founder and Creative Director at Colony

    On this episode of Facing the Giants, Scott Kerr sits down with Jean Lin, founder and creative director of Colony, a new kind of co-op platform for New York City’s thriving community of independent furniture, lighting, textile, and object designers. Jean discusses how she laid the ground-work for Colony in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy and the hurdles independent designers come up against with traditional galleries. She also talks about how Colony gets independent designers noticed to interior designers and collectors, her curation process, its consulting wing, how the co-op makes money and whether she wants to scale the business. Plus: Why independent designers thrived during the pandemic

    Featuring:
    Jean Lin, Founder and Creative Director at COLONY (goodcolony.com)

    Host:
    Scott Kerr, Founder & President of Silvertone Consulting

    About Facing the Giants podcast:
    Luxury entrepreneurs talk about competing with the Goliaths of the industry.

    Stay Connected:
    Twitter: @facinggiantspod, @scott_kerr, @silvertone_inc
    Email: scott@silvertoneconsulting.com
    Newsletter: brilliantcut.substack.com

    Don't forget to subscribe, rate, and review!

    • 34 min
    Nathalie Dionne, Founder and Creative Director of Thalie Paris

    Nathalie Dionne, Founder and Creative Director of Thalie Paris

    On the premiere episode of Facing the Giants, Scott Kerr speaks with Nathalie Dionne, founder and creative director of Thalie Paris, a new French sustainable luxury leather goods brand that uses innovative materials like recycled salmon skin waste from local sushi restaurants, Mexican cactus leaves, and upcycled leathers from dormant stocks. Nathalie discusses how the Thalie Paris brand was 'born' during COVID lockdown, the design and production process behind creating her sustainably sourced collections, how the brand invites its customers to "feel Parisian", her growth and distribution strategy, and the Thalie virtual showroom. Plus: Lessons learned as an entrepreneur

    Featuring:
    Nathalie Dionne, Founder and Creative Director of Thalie Paris (thalieparis.com)

    Host:
    Scott Kerr, Founder & President of Silvertone Consulting

    About Facing the Giants podcast:
    Luxury entrepreneurs talk about competing with the Goliaths of the industry.

    Stay Connected:
    Twitter: @facinggiantspod, @scott_kerr, @silvertone_inc
    Email: scott@silvertoneconsulting.com
    Newsletter: brilliantcut.substack.com

    Don't forget to subscribe, rate, and review!

    • 30 min
    Coming Soon: Facing the Giants

    Coming Soon: Facing the Giants

    Premiering in the fall, Facing the Giants is a brand new podcast from Scott Kerr (host of The Luxury Item podcast). It takes the courage of entrepreneurs to play in a space where the Goliaths of the luxury industry roam free. Facing the Giants is a podcast that puts a spotlight on the founders of new luxury startups and the weapons in their arsenal to compete with the industry incumbents.

    Scott will be interviewing luxury entrepreneurs about what's driving them and how their companies are pointing a new way forward to meet the changing demands of the luxury business and affluent consumers. They will also share smart strategies to survive and maybe even thrive in the land of the giants.

    You can listen to Face the Giants wherever you get your podcasts including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Google Podcasts. Subscribe now.

    Stay Connected:
    Hosted by Scott Kerr: https://www.linkedin.com/in/thescottkerr/
    Twitter: @scott_kerr, @silvertone_inc
    Email: scott@silvertoneconsulting.com
    Newsletter: brilliantcut.substack.com
    The Luxury Item Podcast: https://apple.co/2KY3zo1

    • 1 min

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