Today we’d like to introduce you to Kalyn Browne.
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
If someone would have told me five years ago I would own a clothing line, I would laugh. It was always a dream of mine to have my own business one day but I never thought it would happen so soon. After dropping out of college and getting fired from ALL my jobs, I realized it was meant for me to work for myself. In between jobs, my business partner, Zulema, and I decided to go into business together and expand her swimwear line to clothes. From one evening two years ago, sitting on her couch coming up with a name… BADGAL BLVD was born and we’ve been growing since then.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Well, you can’t skip the struggle. I always tell people it’s way easier to work a 9-5 because you clock in and you clock out. When you are running your own business, it’s a 24/7 job. You never get “off” work. There are going to be times where you are tired, over it, you want to give up and everything goes wrong but there’s also going to be fun times, celebratory moments and events that make it all worth it. Anyone who is looking to start their own business, my advice would be to stay consistent, set small goals, and always bet on yourself.
Please tell us about BADGAL BLVD.
We created BADGAL BLVD for the girls who are openly themselves. Girls who are confident and don’t conform to one idea of beauty. If the styles Rihanna, Lady Gaga & Paris Hilton had a baby, then it would be BADGAL BLVD. We design most of the clothing ourselves so we carry items that you won’t find in other stores. In this generation, everyone wants something that other people don’t have and we provide that.
Do you think there are structural or other barriers impeding the emergence of more female leaders?
I feel like everything is one big competition. Women, in general, are constantly being compared and put against each other. Whether it’s our physical appearance, our occupation, our race we are in constant battle. It’s like we are all fighting to get to the finish line but there’s no trophy. Until we figure out that there’s room for everyone, the easier it’ll be for us to win together. That’s the real prize.
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