Today we’d like to introduce you to Alex Brown and Becca Martin.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Alex and Becca. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
Drifting Gypsies is an extension of our passions turned into a clothing line. We try to base our design ideas around things we truly care about. We LOVE being outside and we want the clothes we’re wearing to show that. We think what you wear is a reflection of who you are for the most part. We want to make cute clothes people want to wear that are also functional for outdoor lifestyles.
We met online when Becca was in Australia and Alex was in England, from there we kept talking and when we returned home a mutual friend recommended we start a travel blog and from there Drifting Gypsies was born. It was originally going to be a travel blog but for as long as Becca can remember she’s wanted to start a clothing line and Alex jumped on board!
We really love when we tell this story because it sounds like a random ‘OK let’s do this’ moment and it really was. But since it started, I don’t think either of us can picture not having the Drifting Gypsies line.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
It hasn’t been an easy journey. We’ve had a few bumps in the road especially with learning about State and Federal taxes. Both of us have a background in writing, marketing, and PR so we weren’t entirely prepared for all of the accounting and making sure we’re paying the tax man every quarter.
When you start a journey like this, having a partner has been one of the best things either of us could have asked for. There are times in your life when the motivation just gives out on you and you’re not sure if you can keep going. Owning a business is a lot of work and being able to have someone help you out in those moments of ‘should I keep going with this?’ and then they’re there to be like ‘heck ya we got this!’ It’s just nice to be able to rely on each other. We are constantly talking and researching on how to improve our business. It’s great to have a really good partnership.
Life gets in the way so we just advise that you don’t give up when you hit a snag. They’re inevitable but you can do it! Believing in yourself and your business is so important, so never lose that faith that you’re where you’re meant to be!
We’d love to hear more about Drifting Gypsies.
We believe Drifting Gypsies is more than a brand, we’re a clothing company here to inspire you to live your adventurous lifestyle without hesitation – no matter your experience level. We’re here to help you break barriers and inspire you to keep climbing, no matter the elevation gain. We believe in every single one of your hiking, climbing, ice picking, mountain bike riding, work skippin’ for a powder day, badass adventure-loving souls.
We love the community we’ve been able to build and the amazing customers and brand ambassadors that have entered our lives. We make sure that we’re always accessible so our customers know the real people behind this brand!
We’re interested to hear your thoughts on female leadership – in particular, what do you feel are the biggest barriers or obstacles?
Female leadership faces a mountain of barriers in the sense that we’re still struggling to be treated equally. As women, we’re taught to not be assertive and not make any ripples. When it comes to dealing with suppliers and customer complaints, sometimes we’re quick to go into people pleasing mode. If a supplier has messed up our inventory and tries to blame us or a customer is being unreasonably rude, then it’s OK to stick up for yourself. Being confident in what you’re doing is so important and not letting anything influence what you want for your business. Getting advice is cool but don’t let someone try to talk you out of something you really believe in with your company.
- Our crew necks start at $35 USD
- Our tees start at $22 USD
- Website: www.driftinggypsies.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @driftinggypsies
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/driftinggypsies/
Kassidy Paige, Kathleen Cahill, Becca Martin, Jessica Husted Photography, Kate Marin, Emily Rose Photography, Kara Grace