Episode 55: Andy McManis of Skirt & Satchel
Today I'm speaking with Andy McManis of Skirt & Satchel in Bloomington, Indiana. I found her rather randomly on Instagram and immediately admired her concept, her personal style, her use of non-professional models and the overall voice and vibe of her brand. Andy is a seasoned business owner and in this chat she offers some really helpful tips and suggestions for effective shop owning.
We talk about her road to business ownership, her dedication to body positivity and why size inclusion doesn't have to be as financially challenging as you think. Andy is an adept decision maker having closed businesses, moved businesses and switched up her concept several times all while maintaining her core vision. She's actually in the middle of one of these changes right now, which you'll hear all about in the episode. A lot of business owners (myself included) tend to cling to our concept or space in a perhaps fearful way that can block positive change or growth. With this in mind, I really do admire Andy's willingness to make big changes to move her business forward.
Andy has built a business around selling capsule collection items in sizes S-3X. We talk about body diversity and why it's important that a group of friends out shopping together all be able to find something at a boutique. As a business owner who is constantly striving to expand our size range (holy s*** there are a lot of bra sizes) this portion of my chat with Andy was both encouraging and a dose of tough love. Andy offers so much advice and empathy in this conversation and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
This will be my last episode of 2018. Thank you all for your continued support and love. This community is growing each day and I can't wait to see what 2019 brings. I have some really fun stuff in the works including a start-up coaching program and another retreat (!!!). I wish you all a beautiful holiday season, can't wait to get back at it next year.