I want my work to be something I love. Something productive. Something that feels worth my time - time being our most precious resource.
Since 2005, I've worked in the fashion Industry. I learned to sew in college, so I got my start working in the craft. I sewed at a factory in Dumbo and did fabrication work for puppet studios, maternity companies, and other odd jobs. My favorite part of work was sewing - actually being capable of making something that someone wanted to buy.
As I gained experience and progressed in school, I began working for local designers, taking on internships and assistant jobs. After that, I worked at Proenza Schouler, designed for Nicole Miller, and was at Nautica for over 7 years.
I've taken something special from every one of those jobs, but then I got a job at a corporate fashion company. For years, it was a great place to work. They furthered my career and supported my hard work with promotions and raises. I liked my bosses. The design teams are made up of incredibly creative and interesting people, many of whom have their own companies.
I love designing clothing but after years in that job working in corporate fashion just didn't feel good.
I felt censored. I stopped caring about my work; I stopped interacting with my coworkers beyond what was necessary. I began working only the required amount. I would spend the entire day waiting for the second I could leave, just so I could go about my life the way I wanted. For the first time in my professional life, I couldn't see what the next move was. I wasn't working towards anything.
Dank was kind of a fluke. I never dreamed I'd own a baking company. For years, I made banana bread that I'd bring on climbing trips. People loved it - that and a little gas money ensured a ride upstate to climb. Some people even said I should sell it, which seemed impossibly foreign to me. However, as I weighed my options for my next career move, a plan began to form.
I've spent my life trying to learn as much as possible and the decision to start my own business was just the right thing to do. It's a lot of trial and error, but so was learning to work in the fashion industry. So was learning to rock and ice climb. So was learning to ride a motorcycle in the city. Everything is scary and difficult if you've never done it before. The risk of going out on my own seemed worth the reward of working for myself.
So far, it has been. I like that every day is different. I like that I make my own schedule, even though I pretty much work on or brainstorm about Dank during every waking hour. And there are a lot of waking hours. The thing is, It just doesn't actually ever seem like work. And that's the goal, right?
Ultimately, all I want is to make the best banana bread you've ever tasted and have fun doing it. I'm proud of my work again.