Interviews

From Ad Exec to San Francisco’s Private Executive Chef, an Interview with Andrea Gray Lawson

Entrepreneur turned chef Andrea Gray Lawson is a force to be reckoned with. A serial entrepreneur at heart, Chef Andrea was part of the now defunct Kitchit, an on demand private chef startup. When that failed, she saw her fellow colleagues, all extremely talented chefs and suddenly without the steady stream of clients that Kitchit had provided, and had a vision for something different. A co-op of sorts, with shared costs, shared values, and shared talents. Thus Private Chefs of the SF Bay was born, an extremely high end personal chef brand that brings fine dining to you, whether it be for an executive luncheon or for a special treat in your home or a way to take your California vacation to the next level...

How The Tailors of Saville Row Inspired this Men’s Fashion Entrepreneur

Paul Trible is revolutionizing the centuries old menswear world, taking inspiration from the classic tailors of Savile Row and the shirtmakers of Jermyn Street and bringing that luxury and tradition to the States, where the lack of offerings in menswear has been a notorious frustration for the fashionable gentleman. We sat down for a chat with Paul on everything from how a ruined Lehman Brothers career gave him the freedom to pursue his clothing dreams, the key to keeping your entrepreneurial passion, and the importance of learning from a master - no matter the industry...

An Interview with Gary Lenett, Lawyer turned Denim Entrepreneur

The best athleisure is the kind that doesn’t pronounce itself as athleisure to the world—it doesn’t necessarily mean you need to look like you’re coming and going from a yoga class. Rather, it’s about a perfect balance of style and comfort, the ability to authentically hop from a bicycle to a board meeting. Gary Lenett saw the demand for that was being met in womenswear, but not so much within the denim industry. Coming from a long line of entrepreneurs and the son of a successful clothing manufacturer Gary he knew the ropes, but came to the launch of the DUER brand in a roundabout way—he did a stint as a corporate lawyer, then teacher, and finally partnered up with his brother to become the largest manufacturer of retail clothing in Western Canada. That expertise led him to launch DUER, a brand that has absolutely perfected marrying denim and athletic wear, for fashion that looks professional but feels as comfortable as if you were lounging at home on your sofa...

8 Questions with Rafic Daud, the Cobbler for the Modern Age

A Portuguese native from Sao Joao da Maderia, Portugal’s shoemaking capital, Rafic took advantage of the desire and demand for bespoke men’s dress shoes without an insane pricetag. Since he launched Undandy, he’s disrupted the high-end shoe market with direct-to-consumer and impeccably handcrafted men’s shoes—in shy of just one year, Undandy has gone from selling 100 shoes a month to over 1,500 in over 100 countries. We sat down with Rafic to discuss everything from the new frontier for luxury goods to the Robert DeNiro quote that he lives each day by...

We Talk Real Estate with the President of Tahoe Luxury Properties

Bill Dietz fell in love with Lake Tahoe as a young man, and knew he would do whatever it took to make the magical ski destination his forever home. He started off as the quintessential ski bum, became a local ski instructor, and worked in carpentry during the summers. We sat down to pick his brain on Tahoe’s unique market dynamic, how the rise of Air B&B didn’t hurt but actually helped, and how real estate in a mountain town differs from the typical metropolis...

This Athleisure CEO Wants to Inspire Better Men

I know I’m going to catch some heat from Nate for referring to Rhone as “athleisure”, but after taking a close look at the market that’s what I think they do. And they do it incredibly well. Not in the sense that they manufacture yoga pants used solely for watching Netflix and drinking hot cocoa, but in the sense that they design and produce a multipurpose clothing line that’s just as functional in the gym as it is boarding a plane to catch a business meeting on the other side of the country. They’re based out in Stamford so our editor, Jenna Bostock, and I headed out there to meet Nate Checketts and talk shop last month...

WINFertility’s Founder On Being In The Business of Miracles

20 years ago, orthopedic surgeon turned entrepreneur Dr. Roger Shedlin saw an opportunity to help families who were looking for a miracle. He saw that the process for accessing fertility services was completely overwhelming, given the lack of fertility benefits in the healthcare marketplace, the astronomical prices of fertility treatment and the complexity of obtaining assistance in starting a family. Dr. Shedlin wanted to change that...

Roadway Moving’s CEO Talks About Infusing a Little Happiness Into The Moving Industry

Roadway Moving was born from a man who saw an opportunity to infuse a little happiness into a drowning industry. Ross Sapir, an ex-Israeli soldier and bartender, had moved to America and was working at a moving company when he looked around and began to wonder why everyone was so unhappy. The employees, the customers, it was a miserable existence. He decided to change that, by starting a brand that focused on customer service first and foremost. It was time for a revolution...

An Interview With Chef Patrick O’Connell

Chef Patrick O’Connell started cooking 40 years ago in an old farmhouse with just a yard sale electric frying pan. Today he is the self-taught acclaimed chef and, of course, the proud bearer of two Michelin stars at The Inn at Little Washington in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The confirmation of his two Michelin star renewal was announced by the French Embassy yesterday. We interrupted Chef mid-photoshoot (he was having afternoon tea with a dog) for a heart to heart on how he turned a defunct gas station into a luxurious Relais & Châteaux property and what those two illustrious Michelin stars mean to him....