We had the good fortune of connecting with Maddie Rakosky and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Maddie, how do you think about risk?
Starting This Is My Housedress was the biggest professional risk I’ve ever taken. What for years felt so unattainable and scary came together in a few short months after I just decided to go for it. Someone told me the simplest thing, to not think, just do, and everything will have to come together. That bit of advice has led me into entrepreneurship with a gentler idea of risk taking. It’s allowed me to prove to myself that I know more than I think I do, to trust my instinct and work ethic more, and to learn about things in fashion and my own business that I never expected. Playing it safe is certainly comfortable, but taking these risks to watch your business grow is so exciting.
What should our readers know about your business?
I started This Is My Housedress to reintroduce a classic wardrobe staple of yesteryear into the 21st century, but this time designed for everybody. I wanted to make the comfort and ease of a housedress accessible to all, no matter their size or gender or age. The idea of gendered clothing really seems outdated to me. The housedress is something the represents so much comfort and carefreeness, and is a garment I love to wear so much day in and day out, it only felt natural to make that an option for absolutely everyone. I’m learning that not everyone will see your vision or understand it, but staying true to why you started your business is the most important thing to keeping it alive. My mission and values are what ground This Is My Housedress and I will not lose sight of that.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
The perfect weekend in LA for me always starts at Disneyland. I love taking people from out of town there for the day. Then Sunday is perfect for an outdoor brunch at Sightglass Coffee on Sycamore in Hollywood, then vintage shopping down Melrose Ave and the Melrose Flea. The evening ends on the grassy knoll in Santa Monica watching a band play and the sunset. Dinner is at Formosa Cafe or take out from Delicious Pizza on Sunset.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I’d like to thank and recognize my mentor, Jenna Bycoff. From the beginning of my career, she has guided me through all of the ups and downs. And now we are venturing into entrepreneurship at the same time. I wouldn’t be who and where I am today without her.
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