FAMILY HOME TOUR: Rebecca Minkoff
Rebecca Minkoff is known for her global lifestyle brand of clothes, handbags, shoes, jewelry, and accessories. In 2001, as part of a five piece capsule collection, Rebecca designed a version of the "I love New York" t-shirt which appeared on The Tonight Show and became an overnight sensation!
Today she has over 900 stores worldwide and landed a spot on the Fortune 40 under 40 list. With celebrities like Reese Witherspoon, Halle Berry, and Jessica Alba all rocking her stuff, it's no wonder she's a household name.
This self-made businesswoman gave MyDomaine a tour of her New York City home that she shares with her husband, son Luca, and daughter Bowie. She also shared their favorite places to frequent in their hip Brooklyn area, as well as what it's like being a momprenuer. Here are a couple of my favorites:
MD: What are some of the biggest lessons your kids have taught you about work and life?
RM: They have taught me to have fun, to find the joy in simple pleasures, and that it really is about making sure your kids are a part of your life, that your life doesn’t completely adjust to theirs. One thing we did with them from the beginning was to take them out a lot, which has made them very social. They have also taught me the value of boundaries. Coming home to Luca and Bowie is the best part of my day. I love working, but I leave at 6 p.m. Before they came along, it wouldn’t matter when I left—now there’s nothing that matters more. Emails that come in after 6 p.m. can wait until after they’re in bed or the next morning.
MD: What advice do you have for working moms looking to start their own business?
RM: You have to know what you want to bite off. If you want to have a huge company that has you, in the beginning at least, devoting all of your time to it, you have to figure out as a mom how much time with your kids you’re willing to sacrifice. It takes time, not everything happens all at once. I worked crazy hours, weekends, late nights, holidays, all the way up through being pregnant. If you want to do that, that’s what it requires in the beginning.
Even today, it’s all about multitasking and surrounding yourself with great talent who can keep working even if you can’t. Find a white space, something untouched that no one has done yet. On the hardest of days, don’t lose your momentum. It’s the drive and diligence that gets you over the biggest bumps in the road.
Head over to MyDomaine to read the entire interview and learn more about how Rebecca Minkoff balances work/mom life and how she keeps her and her kids healthy (she has a great non-dairy formula she recommends).
And now, without further adieu, take a look at Rebecca Minkoff's home and shop her daughter Bowie's adorable nursery!