680. Becoming Fearless – with Rebecca Minkoff

Rebecca Minkoff is a legend in the fashion industry. Her new book “Fearless” shares how you can find courage, creativity and success on the other side of fear. We talk about everything from imposter syndrome to living into your big dreams and all of the fears she’s still facing in her life right now and how her mindset helps her get through all of it. You’re going to learn to think like her so you can get through the hard things too.

Question Highlights:

  • What has the book journey been like for you?
  • Why did you choose the topic you did for your book?
  • What do you do in the interim when you don’t have any answers yet?
  • What do you see that stops most people?
  • Who was your customer and what excited you about what you wanted to create?
  • What’s something you’ve learned that’s a universal truth for success in business?
  • How did you start to enjoy the journey along the way?
  • How do you create positive pressure in your life?
  • What was the tipping point for creating your own business? When did you get pulled out of your zone of genius?
  • What roles do relationships play in your life?
  • How do you go about asking for what you need?
  • What’s the value you’ve gotten from your podcast?
  • What do you do when things do not end the way that you want?

Guest Bio:

An industry leader in accessible luxury handbags, accessories, footwear and apparel, Rebecca Minkoff’s  modern bohemian designs are inspired by strong, confident and powerful women who are drawn towards a  west-meets-east sensibility.  

After developing an affinity for design while in the costume department in high school, Rebecca Minkoff  moved to New York City at age 18 to pursue her dream of becoming a fashion designer. 

In 2001, Rebecca designed a version of the “I Love New York” t-shirt as part of a five-piece capsule  collection, which appeared on The Tonight Show and became an overnight sensation. 

In 2005, Rebecca designed her first handbag, which she dubbed the “Morning After Bag,” a.k.a. the “M.A.B.”  This iconic bag ignited Rebecca’s career as a handbag designer and inspired her edgy, feminine creations in  the years to come. Rebecca’s success was further enhanced by the support of her brother, the company’s  CEO and co-founder, Uri Minkoff, who helped usher in and pioneer the company’s industry-leading  innovations with technology and fashion. 

After four years of designing statement-making handbags and accessories with her trademark leathers,  studs and hardware, Rebecca returned to her roots of apparel design and introduced her first ready-to-wear  collection in 2009. 

Today, Rebecca Minkoff is a global brand with a wide range of apparel, handbags, footwear, jewelry and  accessories products. In the spring of 2017, Rebecca Minkoff Watches was launched, reimagining the  category through their decidedly downtown, rock-and-roll aesthetic.  

The brand has 3 national retail stores, eight international locations, and is distributed in over 900 stores  worldwide. In 2015, Rebecca Minkoff stores unveiled the first ever “Magic Mirror” technology, where  customers could interact with mirrors installed in the dressing room walls of her store and tap to pick out  additional sizes, colors and styles of clothing. 

In 2011, Rebecca won industry recognition when she was awarded the Breakthrough Designer Award from  the Accessories Council. She is an active member of the CFDA, and supports multiple philanthropies  including Baby2Baby organization. In August of 2017, she was announced as a member of the first-ever New  York State Council on Women and Girls, in the company of other female industry leaders including  Refinery29 founder Christene Barberich, SoulCycle CEO Melanie Whelan and Deloitte CEO Cathy Engelbert.  Rebecca is dedicated to bringing women together to enact positive change. 

In September of 2018, she established the Female Founder Collective, a network of businesses led by  women who invest in women’s financial power across a socio-economic spectrum by enabling and  empowering female-owned businesses. 

In 2020, Rebecca will launch a diffusion line of children’s clothing called ‘little minkoff”, marking a foray into  designing a truly sustainable and environmentally friendly collection. She will also launch a new name sake  fragrance to be sold at retailers nationwide. 

Rebecca is married to director Gavin Bellour, and they reside in Brooklyn with their three children.