This Monday, after two weeks of Winter holidays, we meet a very inspiring mum, Fanny Moizant, who founded Vestiaire Collective, a famous online shop you’ve certainly already heard of 😉 …
She manages this digital firm from London, where she lives with her husband, Michael, and her two daughters Jeanne and Louise, 9 and 10 years old.
Fanny tells us how the idea of launching Vestiaire Collective came to her mind, and how she organises her daily life as a working mum.
How did you get the idea to create Vestiaire Collective?
The idea came to me while I was reading an article on the Recession generation in the French ELLE magazine. I found that it could be interesting to sell second hand clothes in a more social and inspiring way. I wanted to create a platform that will allow people who love fashion to buy and sell with confidence thanks to services such as a great product selection and quality control.
Vestiaire Collective was born on October 9, 2009. At the beginning, I had five partners. Today my job is to manage the Europeen development and communication of the brand. I’ve been based in London for 3 years and I now have teams in Berlin, Paris, Milan and NYC.
Today we federate a community of over 4 million members in more than 10 countries. There are 400 000 items for sale on the site of more than 3,000 brands.
Before launching Vestiaire Collective, I worked a few months in Fashion (for John Galliano and Dim), then I worked for six years in the interior design industry. At that time, I was marketing a non sexy product: oilcloth !!! I worked with major retailers. I learnt a lot, but it was not very inspiring!
I had then a ‘baby break’ for 3 years to give birth to Louise and Jeanne. Between my two pregnancies, I studied at the French Fashion Institute to be able to work again in the Fashion Industry, which was my passion.
It was when I decided to create my own business.
What do you like about your job?
Everything! Feeling the business adrenaline, being surrounded by a talented team, meeting new people, travelling, constantly learning, being confronted to the unknown, being at risk …
What don’t you like ?
Stress! … Business life is full of pitfalls. You have to live with it, but sometimes it’s really too much!
Have you find a good balance between pro and personal life?
It is fragile …. I try to give all I can to my family, but this is not always that enough. I would say the most important thing is not the quantity, but the quality of time you can give. You have to learn how to leave out your cell phone or your computer for a moment to share “quality time” with your children or your husband.
We’re lucky to have an ‘au pair’ living with us. It allows me to be more flexible when I’m at work or when I travel. I know the girls are always with her. The only problem is that I have to find a new ‘gem’ each year)!
What would you change in your current organization?
Nothing indeed. I talk a lot to my girls about my work. They understand that I could not be as available as some other mums are. What I miss most is not to be able to get them to school from time to time…
What advice would you give to a mum willing to start a new activity?
Be well surrounded! In your personal life and in your pro life : you must be able to rely on people you trust and who are also full of kindness. Success is rarely an individual work, almost always a collective one.
Hire the right nanny, get a mentor, listen to the kind advice of those around you (run away from the pessimistic speech), get out, talk, be inspired … all relies on exchange and contact with other people.
Before ending, would you have good London kids addressesto share with us?
- www.smallable.com for children clothes
- http://veryfrenchgangsters.com to find nice glasses for children
- The educational app GGRIMM to learn with fun
- The British Museum and its children’s play trail
- Outings at Regents Park or Hyde Park with a bag of nuts for London squirrels 😉
- The Tate Modern and its playful kids activities
Many thanks to Fanny for all her inspiring words! Don’t hesitate to have a look at Vestiaire Collective : you will surely find many fashion treasures!
Have a wonderful week,