1. BRIEFLY DESCRIBE THE CONCEPT OF YOUR BUSINESS
Babel Fair is a collection of affordable international fashion brands and gift items that are hard to find in the States.

2. HOW DOES IT REFLECT YOU AND YOUR PASSION?
The concept was born from my love of traveling and of course shopping abroad. I always loved finding little boutiques with unique designers and labels. So I decided to create a store that replicated that same sense of discovery.

3. ARE THERE ANY FUNNY STORIES OF INITIAL BUMPS IN THE ROAD WHEN SETTING UP YOUR BUSINESS?
Because I was on a shoestring budget I had to do a lot of things myself to build out the store with some help from friends. One of the days my boyfriend and I were so exhausted from painting that we fell asleep in the giant crate, which acts like a center table. We crawled inside and just took a nap so people walking by couldn’t see.

4. WHERE DO YOU SEE YOUR BUSINESS EVOLVING?
I think the key is expansion in different avenues. Some of the best companies are really dynamic. We have already opened Babel Fair showroom, which introduces international labels to other retailers. The next on the horizon is opening more stores so that is something I’ve been working on. Lately Brooklyn has been a target.

5 .WHAT OR WHO INSPIRES YOU?
So many people inspire me. Being in a creative industry and working as an entrepreneur I’ve seen many people create success from their passions. That’s really a true inspiration to me. I see designers with their own labels, retailers with a vision, etc thriving financially and personally from doing what they love. It’s very hard to make that all come together a lot of times it’s one or the other. But people like Kim Phan of Yumi Kim or Sophia Amoruso of Nasty Gal made it happen. They’re bad ass b*ches. I left a corporate job a while ago and I know how scary that can be. But that awesome feeling of living off yourself and your vision is what drives me to continue.

6. CAN YOU TELL US A QUOTE YOU LOVE?
“For though I’ve no idea what this accoutered frowsty barn is worth, it pleases me to stand in silence here.” – Philip Larkin
I always liked this poem because I think it’s about finding solace in the great unknown.

7. WHAT ARE YOUR GO-TO-SPOTS TO EAT AND SHOP IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD?
I really like Barrio Chino and Tapeo 29. And for shopping – Reformation and Pixie Market.

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