That was a shift in mindset. You try to remind yourself not to tie yourself to your sale numbers, as that always fluctuates. Don't focus on things you cannot control. Focus on the things you can.
Q: How to work well with your business partner?
A: We have had that history and relationship since freshmen in college. We both knew what personality we have.
I tend to be a calm person, even when things get stressful. Jenn is a hustler who gets stuff done. She will push us to work toward a timeline, to try initiatives and launch new things. So it works out great, like yin and yang balance, and we can take a step back to reflect on the progress we made. Our visions were aligned from the beginning, to tie and uphold our Asian American identities. We can talk out our disagreements in a rational and mature way, listen to each other and come back and see which idea is better objectively. We don't take things personally. We see each other as family at the end of the day. Family never changes.
Q: Do you have any advice for upcoming entrepreneurs?
A: Don't be afraid to start. The path to success is never straightforward. You don't need to have all the answers to start. If you told us we have all 100 designs and beautiful photography to launch, we would have given up before we start. You are going to evolve and learn. It's important to start quickly and improve and learn as you go.
Q: What is next for East Meets Dress?
A: Our first-ever pop-up shop will be held on Sunday, March 8 (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.). The location is 950 Leavenworth St., San Francisco, CA 94109. Anyone interested can stop by to look at and try on our dresses in person, as well as get measured. ___ Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.