When we moved from Boston to San Francisco I was excited to start a new adventure. In the weeks leading up to our move Colin (my husband) got nostalgic and sad for all the things we were leaving behind. I couldn’t understand it. I’d try to comfort him by saying things like, “but the weather in San Francisco is so wonderful year-round! We are going to love the outdoor activities there!” Colin would tell me that, yes, he was sure we would but it was still sad to leave. I did not know how to help and I could not relate. By default I look forward to the next step with anticipation and excitement.
So, on the eve of my last day in the Everlane office I am sort of uncomfortable with the nostalgia and sadness that’s taking over me. Changes were easier when I skipped over the sad parts! Here are some of my favorite things about Everlane and why I am going to miss the white concrete walls, and near uniform dress code so much.
- In real estate they say LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION. In all my most meaningful endeavors I say THE PEOPLE, THE PEOPLE, THE PEOPLE. I love my team! They work hard, they make me laugh, and sometimes they drive me crazy. I am going to miss them.
- Wear-testing because I love being part of product development. I am the Everlane sample size so I got asked to wear-test a lot, and I secretly loved it. Sometimes the samples were luxe like the collection cashmere from 2015. Sometimes they were marked up in red pen and held together by safety pins (I legitimately thought a colleague gave it to me because she was mad at me). Either way, sampling new product meant I worked in fashion and I embraced every test.
- The pace. Everlane moves fast, and when sales are good the energy in the office is palpable. Right now Everlane is crushing it —Hello 15K waitlist— and it feels regrettable to leave when the brand is hitting it’s stride big time.
- Something about leaving my job with a baby at home feels like giving up. Like I couldn’t cut it in the work place as a mother. Legit or not, it’s there.
Three-years ago I knew I wanted to work for a fashion company when I was in the back offices of Faherty on a sales call and I saw the production process. The faceless sketch of a women in a green and yellow striped beach dress was casually open at a work station. Mannequins sported half sewn samples, and a rack was labeled Spring ’15. For a girl who stayed up after school assignments to sew into the night and researched fashion design schools when Harvard got me down, this setting hardly seemed like it could be work. I knew I needed to get into the industry ASAP. I had no formal design experience, but I knew I could learn product development. Everlane gave me the opportunity to step into an office with sketches pinned on boards, fabric swatches on desks, and racks and racks of samples. However, my role in logistics did not directly touch development.
I’ve talked about the importance of my job being meaningful if I am going to be away from Gemma. If I had been able to work directly in product development at Everlane I would have stayed, but that’s not the way the cookie crumbled. In my role I’ve learned about international transport, import taxes, excel formulas, warehouse management and the exposure to product life-cycle has been invaluable, but after two-years it’s time for me to pursue sourcing and development.
I’m looking for what’s next and I’ll be blogging along the way.