BRANDS WE LOVE - LEGEND OF LIDO

In our constant search for the perfect gift, we stumbled upon this amazing brand. Inspired by travel, adventure and the colors of the world, Legend of Lido pouches are our favorite go to gifts. 

Legend of Lido was launched by west coast native, Krista Lissner and east coast native, Benita Litt.  Beginning with the idea of creating the perfect travel pouch, Legend of Lido has since evolved into a collection of travel-inspired carryalls for everyday use.  Every bag is designed from an exotic, one-of-a-kind print inspired by the world's vibrant colors and whimsical essence.  They are perfectly designed to mix and match with one another and come in a variety of sizes. 

We sat down with Legend of Lido founders, Krista and Benita to find out what how they launched her brand, the best business advice they've ever been given and their favorite brands. 

Legend of Lido

How did you launch your brand? We were inspired to launch Legend of Lido because we wanted to create a line inspired by our travel. Our product is designed for the global nomad. All of our designs capture the amazing beauty we have seen traveling, whether it's through the vibrant colors of our prints or the nature we see first hand. 

What inspires you/keeps you inspired? TRAVEL!!!! We are a travel inspired brand. We take inspiration from our travels and use it for our prints and vibrant colors / moods of designs.

What’s the best business advice you were ever given?  Don't try to wait to launch a brand or idea until it is "perfect", instead just go with it and have faith in your idea. 

What is the biggest lesson you've learned as you run your business? We have two! Be authentic & don't take no for an answer.

LEGEND OF LIDO

Every woman should own? A great pair of sunglasses - our favorite LA based sunglasses store is Alexander Gray Optical - best selection!

What are your favorite brands? Banjanan, Natalie Martin, LemLem, Boys & Arrows Swim

One item you can't live without? Our morning cup!

What's your favorite app? Or app that changed your life? Dark sky - the most accurate weather planner that we have found in the app world. Plus, it's great for our travels because helps us figure out what to pack!

Favorite place to travel?  Sicily. The photo provided is of Benita, co-founder of Legend of Lido, in the streets of Sicily this summer. 

Happiness is? Waking up in a new city for the first time 

One tip? Life's to short to drink bad wine 

Your favorite go to gift? A Legend of Lido pouch..... of course! :)

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Source https://legendoflido.com @LEGENDOFLIDO

BRANDS WE LOVE - LA MER COLLECTIONS

La Mer Collections was founded by Martine Ilana in 2001. Unable to find a stylish and feminine watch to wear, she took a soulful approach and created what has come to be known as the company’s signature wrap watch.

Inspired by travel, adventure and the colors of the world, La Mer Collections designs and assembles all of their unique timepieces in their design studios in Los Angeles. Each piece is handmade with close attention to detail and with utmost care. The brands’ focus is to create pieces that are affordable, chic and act as a souvenir for memories, moments and experiences had by the wearer.

LA Mer Collections

Each La Mer Collections wrap watch features a classic face and Italian leather straps both custom designed by Martine. The collection features over 200 styles, from Simple Wrap watches to embellished chain, stone & charm wraps. Diamond and custom options are also available.

Each season, a new destination sets the tone for the color palette. For the Spring of 2017, Martine choose to take design inspiration from the dramatically beautiful and wildly natural island town off the coast of Sicily, Salina, The Aeolinan Island. Crystal blue waters, green caper farms and picturesque vineyards lining the sparkling coastal landscape are featured in this season’s styles.

La Mer Collections is available at Nordstrom, ShopBop.com, Anthropologie and better boutiques worldwide. The company has retail locations in Japan, Korea and their flagship store sits in Jakarta, Indonesia. For more information, please visit www.lamercollections.com. 

We sat down with La Mer Collections founder, Martine to find out what how she launched her brand, her biggest challenge in running her own business and one tip she swears by when she travels. 

La Mer collections
LA MER COLLECTIONS

How did you launch your brand? I launched La Mer Collections in 2001 after taking a year off of my design studies to travel overseas to Africa and Asia. I love souvenirs because once I’m back from any trip I can look at an object and dream of where I picked it up. I was so inspired by my time away that when I returned home, I wanted to design and create a line of watches that reminded me of my travels. In addition, I wanted to create a brand that allows women to express themselves in a fun and interesting way so that when they look down and check the time, they are reminded that fashion can also be paired with a piece of simple technology.  

La Mer Collections

What inspires you? Traveling the world - I try to go somewhere new and ‘off the beaten path’ at least once every two years. I live by the Pacific Ocean and that too inspires me. I also am very inspired by the team in my office – they each bring a unique style to the office each day.

Favorite Brands? Sandro Paris, Missoni, Ivy Kirsner Shoes and Teeki Yoga pants.

Biggest Challenge of running your business? One of my largest challenges is keeping up with the customization of our collection, as there are so many options to offer! We want to accommodate all of our customers. As with running your own business, there are always 10 more things that I want to do each day and there is never enough time!

Best advice you've ever been given? 'Take one step at a time’ and 'think about the moment after’ if there is anything that seems like a challenge to face.  

What app changed your life? WhattsApp - I can call my 96 year old grandma all hours of the night in South Africa!

One tip? On international flights bring some mint tea, it always makes me feel recharged after a long trip.

La Mer Collections

Your biggest aha moment? Seeing a woman wearing one of my watch designs in NYC who served me my coffee after getting off the train. I secretly did a happy dance!

Happiness is? My newborn twins Opal & Oscar, my husband and my Brussels Griffon, Frank! Also a Saturday morning Yoga class in Venice.

Favorite go to gift for your kids, bestie or husband? Aviator Nation hoodies and monogrammed leather bags from Clare Vivier.

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BRANDS WE LOVE - SARA HAPP

sara haps the lip expert

If you don't know about the The Lip Scrub™ we are here to tell you it will change your lips FOREVER.  This brand has been around for over 12 years and we've been completely obsessed with this product for sometime. Known for her lip scrub, which comes in a variety of wonderful flavors, she's also known for her lip slip. 

Sara Happ is the founder and CEO of Sara Happ Inc., a beauty company creating luxury lip products sold in 400 stores nationwide and distributed in 20 countries.  Started in 2005, they are best known for launching the first-to-mass lip exfoliator of its kind, The Lip Scrub™

We were so excited when Sara Happ, agreed to be featured in our Brands We Love series. We sat down with her to learn more about her brand, what inspired her to be the Lip Expert and what her biggest challenges are to running your own business. She's one inspiring Mama and we are completely OBSESSED with her and that wonderful Lip Slip! 

And check out her latest product, the most amazing Sweet Clay Lip Mask which launched earlier this month, you will LOVE it! Plus her products make the most perfect gifts. 

SARA HAPP

A little bit about Sara:  “I’m a mom first and foremost, and a girl’s girl, for sure.” she says, “But before that, I was and will always be an entrepreneur who loves watching people create something from nothing.” Happ is a believer that, despite how quickly things move these days, we still often settle for sub-par experiences and products because they’re what is obvious and widely available. “I live for watching holes in the market get filled. Spanx. Drybar. Those ‘Why-Didn’t-I-Think-Of-That’ companies that began in someone’s house and changed gigantic industries forever... Thrilling.” Happ is a native of suburban Chicago, and a proud USC Trojan who calls Los Angeles home.

Sara Happ Lip Mask

Tell us about how you got started?  I created The Lip Scrub in 2005 out of sheer necessity. I’m a magazine lover and beauty junkie who kept reading editors say “Exfoliate lips with a wet washcloth or toothbrush.” That seemed crazy to me! I have a scrub for every other part of my body, so why were there none for my lips? To my kitchen I went, and The Lip Scrub was born using mixing bowls and spatulas. I was obsessed with my formula, and had a strong sense that other girls would be, too. I felt like I was sitting on gold. Sugar-covered gold. 

What inspires you?  Female bizlebrities and women with a platform who use their influence for good inspire me. Alli Webb, Kerry Washington, Jessica Alba, Sheryl Sandberg, Maria Shriver. These women get up and go to work every day, balancing their careers with their families, never losing sight of their goals, while giving a voice to communities and causes that need it most. Honestly on days that I’m tired, I look at their Instagram feeds and get moving. 

What has been the biggest challenges of running your own business? The biggest challenges came in the beginning. Because the product didn’t exist, labs wouldn't talk with me. They were happy to make me a lip gloss, a lipstick, a balm. But they didn’t understand this concept of a “Lip Scrub.” Many of them said “Everything lips exists. If it was going to be successful, the big guys would have thought of it already.” I disagreed, strongly and loudly. I knocked on doors until one opened, convinced them to invest in the machinery it would take to scale up from my mixing bowl to 1,000 pound manufacturing vat, and we were off and running. Many, many no’s lead to one yes, and that’s all that mattered in the end. 

SARA HAPP SWEET CLAY LIP MASK

Obviously your brand has been around before social media really took off, do you think that social media has been helpful in expanding your brand? Of course. Social media is the ultimate democratizer. Basically, everyone has the chance to brand themselves with an image and a click, every single moment. How amazing is that?  I have to hand it to print media, though. Placements in People, InStyle, Allure, and Vogue were huge to our success early on. It’s why I still love a real magazine in my hands. Why I still subscribe to everything from Fast Company to Glamour and read them in my nightly bubble baths. There’s something so lovely about being able to flip through actual pages, not swipe a screen. 
What are your favorite brands? I love brands who do one thing, and commit to doing it best. Drybar. The Honest Company. Shoshanna. Then there are the indies who have managed to go mass while staying true to their focus: Josie Maran, Alice + Olivia. I will always love JCrew because they keep it classic but are constantly reinventing themselves. I’m also a LaCroix addict, as is our whole office, and seemingly everyone I know. 

What app changed your life? Instagram. Hours of my life I will never get back, and don’t regret for a second. 

What has been your biggest aha moment? I had a decision to make in 2012: do we do for the entire body what we do for lips? Do we exfoliate and hydrate head to toe? Or go the color route and do makeup? No, I decided. I wanted to focus solely on lips. My aha moment was that I wanted to do one thing, and do it perfectly. I’m obsessed with lips, and I believe the lip industry is empirically broken. Most lip products dehyrdate. It’s why people tell me, every single day, that their lips are chapped. My thinking was: what if we went the other way? What if we made products that truly hydrate? That exfoliate instantly? That leave out the dehydrating stuff. Won’t people be equally addicted to product that actually works? So, I became The Lip Expert. 

One tip for running your business? Surround yourself with people who:  Have strengths where you have weaknesses and Aren’t afraid to tell you “No” and disagree with you. You can be yes’d to death, and it may not serve your company one bit. 

The best advice I’ve ever heard is simply: "Show Up. Dive in. Stay at it.” From Obama’s farewell speech in Chicago. So much of success comes from showing up when no one else will. From diving in when you may want to sit on the beach. From staying at it when you feel like quitting. 

Favorite place to travel or favorite places in Los Angeles? Tokyo is a visual delight, so I’ll always go there. I side with Hamilton that New York is the greatest city in the world. I love my town, Manhattan Beach in LA… it’s close to everything, but feels like this beachy, removed little hideaway. 

One item you can't live without? Beauty wise, The Lip Slip in our original pot. Can’t stop won’t stop. 

SARA HAPP LIP MASK

What is your favorite go to gift for your daughter? Husband? Bestie? I love giving luxe Chadsworth & Haig robes. They’re what luxury resorts use, so why not have them at home? I’m also big on sending people to get massages. I believe in the power of touch. For my daughter, who is three, anything ballerina-themed and / or fuchsia. She’s obsessed and has been since she was about a year old. She dresses like a ballerina every day, no matter where we’re going, and will always, always choose anything fuchsia. 

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BRANDS WE LOVE - KIRA KIDS

KIRA KIDS

Kira Kids is one brand you MUST know, created with the coolest designs, this organic baby and kids clothing line is one of our favorite brands ever.  It's whimsical, fun and extremely fashionable. We've been major fans of Kira Kids for sometime and we were super bummed when their last collection sold out before we could even get our hands on a piece for our kids.  Their unique designs and amazing collaborations, make this one cool brand that our kids love to rock. 

We were so excited when Christine Tang, Founder and Creative Director of Kira Kids agreed to be  featured in our Brands We Love series. We sat down with her to learn more about her brand, what inspired her to start Kira Kids and the excitement of what's to come this year. Check out her latest collection "Life's a Beach" which launched today, you will fall in love too!

KIRA KIDS BRANDS WE LOVE

What inspired you to start Kira kids? Growing up with creative parents - they always encouraged me to do what I love. I wanted to start my own creative business and my nephews were the ultimate inspiration.

Kira kids

 Where do you find inspiration for each season and your products? Hanging out with my mischievous nephews, listening to music, watching movies and traveling to new places. My last trip to Honolulu inspired my new SS17 collection called "Life's a Beach." It's filled with surfing sea creatures, pineapples, bananas, and even some brunch prints!

Favorite place to travel? New York and Hawaii (big city and paradise)! Still dreaming about going back to Japan. Each year, we try to explore a new country - last year we were lucky enough to visit Australia, Turkey and Israel! Not sure where we will go this year... still keeping an eye out for travel deals (haha!). 

Biggest challenge you’ve run into running your own business? Finding more time in the day! When you run your own business, you have to wear a lot of hats and you're always bouncing around handling day-to-day activities so it's hard to find time to focus on one thing.

Kira kids

Any advice for anyone looking to launch their own brand? Do your research, ask questions and just put your product out there! You can dream all day about the perfect launch and collection, but you won't learn and grow unless you go through the experience and embrace your mistakes and wins!

What app most changed your life? Instagram! You can follow me at: @kirakids. 

Happiness is.. Being at peace with yourself and the world around you.

One tip: Live life with no regrets!

One item you can’t live without? My iPhone.

Favorite go to gift? Anything sweet!

We can't wait to see what you have in store next.. any fun insights? So much fun planned for 2017! The new Spring collection "Life's a Beach" launches end of March. We just sold out of an amazing limited edition collection with local SF artist, Pacolli, and we also have a capsule collection in partnership with Dreamworks... We can't wait to share! There are lots in store for us! 

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