We had the good fortune of connecting with Lindsey Davidson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lindsey, Let’s talk about principles and values – what matters to you most?
Work ethic means everything to me. You don’t have to be the best, but if you are willing to put in the time to learn you’re good in my book. Nothing is more attractive than ambition, whether it be a potential employee, co-worker, mentor, friend or partner. If a person is driven to be the best they can be everything else will work itself out!
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
The idea of being my own boss seemed like an unrealistic dream. I always thought I would ride the corporate ladder and then at 50+ open a doggy day care on a ranch. I’m obsessed with dogs, but that is a whole other conversation! The dream job though, since I was kid was to be a creative director of a fashion line. I wanted to be Jenna Lyons when “I grew up.” Graduating college I landed a job at FOX Sports in advertising sales. I thought it would be temporary, but stayed for four years. I made the best friends and had incredible mentors, but working their made me realize how much a 9-5 was not for me. I then took a position with a fashion label, running the wholesale sales for the West Coast. I loved the freedom of the job, but realized I was more into the design process than anything. When covid hit, the company went under and we were all laid off. I’ve always been a people person – connecting and asking questions, but I didn’t like selling. I don’t want to force something on someone, rather have them want to buy it because they love it! Thats why I started LENNY – I love fashion, but more important I like feeling good in what I’m wearing. My one goal is to create pieces that tell a story and allow you to feel your best! It has not been easy AT ALL, but I think I’ve finally figured out my niché.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Ah! If you asked me this pre-pandemic I would have a completely different answer for you! Well since she’s here for a week I would break it up by areas: Malibu, Venice, West Hollywood, Silverlake/Echo Park/Los Feliz & Downtown!
Meals: Malibu Farm, Taverna Tony & Nobu for meals
Fun: Beach & Malibu wines
Meals: Gjusta, Rose cafe, & Gjelina
Fun: Waterfront, Abbot Kinney & Venice Beach
Meals: Marvin, Escuela & John & Vinnys
Fun: Mama Shelter, Sunset Tower Bar, EP & LP rooftop, Runyon Canyon, Improv Comedy – SO MUCH MORE
Meals: Little Doms, Dune & Mh Zh
Fun: The friend, Bar Calo, The Echo
Meals: Bestia, Bavel, Damian
Fun: Cliftons, Rhythm Room, Birds & Bees Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Jumping right in!! I am going to dedicate this shoutout to my parents (Cheryl & Bill) and fiancé (Evan). Growing up my parents would always ask my brother and I, “Did you try your best?” and “Did you give it all you got?” after a hard test or sporting game (I was a competitive athlete – played college basketball). Both parents are self-made entrepreneurs in their own rights, with a work ethic bar none. They would preach, “if I wanted something I needed to go after it, because no one is here to hand you anything because if you don’t ask, you don’t get and what is the worst that can happen?”. I guess you could say that I’m living proof of this. When the pandemic hit last year I lost my job – the first time since I was 12 years old that I wasn’t making money. Definitely a scary/weird feeling, but one that forced me to slow down and ask myself, “What is it that I actually want to do and not think I have to do?” I’ve had a consistent job since I was 17, always had summer internships on top of jobs and worked 35+ hours a week while juggling a full course load in college. I guess it has been ingrained in me to be the best I can be. Starting LENNY would never have happened without the support of my parents, but most importantly Evan. He understood that starting a business from scratch meant constantly burning that midnight oil and sometimes not really having a great work life balance. From everything I’ve learned over this past year is that you need to surround yourself with people that build you up!