Occupation Founder, L.I. Sounder and product manager, Swirl
Residence BostonHow did you get into the business of fashion start-ups?
I love products and design and innovation. For me, there’s never been one specific category — I really enjoy working on a consumer iPhone app with Swirl and then, in my spare time, also making leather watchbands, sunglass straps, and boat-shoe laces.
I have a newfound respect for how much work and effort it takes to do something new and get it to that point where you release it to the public.L.I. Sounder puts a big emphasis on quality American-made goods. Has that helped from a business perspective?
Not only has it been really helpful, it’s what makes it most enjoyable. Just working with Frank Clegg in Fall River, he works with a number of different designers in the area who come into his leather shop. The best part about making your product in the United States is that there’s a camaraderie between the companies doing it. — Rachel Raczka