We had the good fortune of connecting with Aisha Ross and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Aisha, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
I have always been a huge advocate for work life balance. So many people spend the majority of their life working, especially working a job they can’t stand, rather than spending their life doing what truly makes them happy. I feel extremely grateful to be doing what I love and to be my own boss. It makes me happy to see other businesses going in a direction to focus on balance, like allowing their employees to work remotely, or get Friday’s off, etc. Since going full time with Less Is More I have created a work life balance for myself that I have always dreamed of. Creating my own schedule has been life changing. Sometimes I feel like I should do more work than play, but a lot of what I do for work feels like play, which is the beauty of it.

I will say the main thing that is hard to separate is social media. I will be scrolling through my phone at night and don’t even realize that I am technically working by doing engagement and what not. I am working on that. Overall, the pros outweigh the cons for running a small business for me and I couldn’t be happier to have gotten to this point.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I went to college for Fashion Design and Merchandising and have known since I was little that I wanted to own my own apparel company. I worked in retail throughout college and a little after. I decided to move to LA and landed a design and production assistant role in apparel production. I learned a ton from the company I worked for especially since they were a small business so I got to dip my toes in a lot.

Once the pandemic hit and the business I worked for closed, I decided to take Less Is More full time, which was extremely scary and definitely a risk. There are pros and cons to every job so there are still many challenges with owning a business. I’ve learned to keep pushing through and continue to remind myself it is all worth it. I wouldn’t have it any other way though!

Something I am super stoked on is a sub brand that I recently launched called The Garden. It that has a more rootsy feel to it and will include unisex vintage and other exciting items that I cannot wait to share. The first vintage collection will launch by the first of spring so stay tuned!

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
My best friend just visited so this is the perfect question! A few places we went:

-Beach because I can’t pass up a sunny day
-Los Feliz flea market- love how mellow this one is.
-Courage Bagels-phenomenal
-poke or sushi (love Kazunori)
-Opsi for dinner. Their spicy rigatoni is to die for
-Wanderlust Creamery for dessert. The best ice cream flavors and Asian owned!

These are just a few places, LA has too many good spots to try. I always love to support small or BIPOC owned places.

Website: https://lessismoreshop.com/

Instagram: @lessismore.___ and @thegarden.___

Image Credits
Cory Gehr @corygehr

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