We know that you're thinking - what is a "Nive Girl of the Month"? Each week, we interview a millennial woman that acts as a catalyst for deviating from the typical nine-to-five lifestyle. This week, our Nive Girl of the Month is Nicole Phillips, co-founder of Qatchcode.
Nicole and her sister crafted Qatchcode with the intent to disrupt the online shopping experience. Their unapologetic business initiative aims to shift the structure of the e-commerce world to revolve entirely around consumer preference.
We don’t know about you, but we at Nive Girl are counting down the days until Qatchcode launches its full user experience! Until then, we hope you enjoy reading more about Nicole!
Tell us a little about your background (ie. Hometown, College, Job, Interests, etc.)
"I grew up in Orange County, New York and went to Ithaca College where I decided I wanted to pursue law. After law school, I began working for big insurance companies as a litigator and hated it... so I decided to pursue my passion for retail and fashion and went back to law school to get my Masters of Law (LL.M.) in Fashion Law. Who said you can't have it all?!"
What is something that most people don't know about you?
"I love snakes & scary movies."
As our Nive Girl of the Month, how do you think you would define your individual style?
"As a Gemini, it really depends on the day. Some days I'm comfortably chic, while other days I'm unexpectedly edgy!"
Tell us about your morning routine!
"I wake up to my pup, Goldie, gently nudging me for her morning walk. I'm an espresso drinker, either straight up or with a little almond milk. After that, I hop in the shower and use my GloPro face roller and a face mask to give my skin a refresher. Then, it's straight to work!"
How have you chosen to deviate from the typical 40-hour workweek? What initially prompted you to start your own business?
"As an attorney, my work schedule was incredibly demanding with some weeks requiring 70 hours or more. I realized if I was going to be working that much for the rest of my life, it better be on something that I love and am excited to wake up to. I knew that passion was missing in my life and it bothered me, so I took a crazy leap of faith to leave my comfortable job and obtain a new degree in a much lesser-known industry of fashion law. Working in the fashion industry was always on my mind and was something that I would regularly research and follow in my free time. So even though I had no idea where it would take me, I knew following that road was a step in the right direction."
Starting your own business can be a tough road. In the difficult moments, how do you stay focused on moving forward and making progress?
"I listen to other inspiring stories. Guy Raz has a great podcast called "How I Built This" and features amazing stories from female founders of companies like Away, StitchFix, Spanx, Rent the Runway, and Glossier. Listening to these stories pumps me up and motivates me to keep going. I've also managed to meet some incredible founders who are going through the same thing as I am and I've found it helpful to shoot some of them a text or an email telling them what I'm feeling. The response is almost always "I feel that way too, but just remember..." and its comforting knowing I'm not alone, we all go through it, and to just remember why you started this company in the first place."
Who are your biggest influences? Who or what inspired you to do what you’re doing now?
"Two of my biggest inspirations are Sara Blakely and Tamara Mellon, for different reasons. Sara hustled her way to the top of an incredible empire she has built for Spanx and her story is humbling and inspiring. I follow her on Instagram and she is just so down to earth. Tamara Mellon is one of those women who will do whatever she wants and is known for breaking down the barriers that exist in the fashion industry. I relate to that a lot, which is one of the reasons I decided to build Qatchcode. I love the marketing and sorry-not-sorry mentality Tamara has... she is unapologetically herself. One of the reasons I decided to start Qatchcode was to break down the (albeit virtual) barriers that exist in the fashion world. I've worked for brands in-house, I've written for fashion publications, I've attended New York Fashion Week and Bridal Fashion Week, and even received an LL.M. in fashion law. But despite all of that credibility, I still found the fashion industry cold and unwelcoming. I hate that, and through Qatchcode, I want to remove the barriers that purposefully exist that aim to separate high-end luxury brands from fast fashion companies. We want fashion lovers to make those choices themselves and receive personalized recommendations from any brand they want and not feel bad about it. The same user can receive recommendations from Theory and H&M and DVF if they wish. We want to change the fashion world from the inside to become more inclusive and accepting."
What is one piece of advice that you'd like to share with our readers?
"Stop worrying about what people think. If you want to thrive in five (years), you have to put your pride aside. It's not easy but once you're able to do it, you can do anything."
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