Katia Santilli & Vera Yan, Nimble Activewear: Best Friends in Business
How Two Live : The Podcast
Listen if: You and your BFF have a brilliant business idea.In this episode, Jess and Stef chat to Katia Santilli and Vera Yan, founders of sustainable activewear brand Nimble.Tune in to hear the Nimble story, from how two childhood best friends identified a gap in the market during a yoga class, to how years later a moment on the shop floor was the catalyst to pivot the brand and focus on sustainability. Hear why even in a digital world, Katia and Vera champion having a physical store as a touchpoint for the brand, how the business has changed as it has grown, the mistakes they’ve made and things they’ve learnt along the way.Plus, thinking about going into business with a friend? Katia and Vera share nuggets of wisdom like what to look for in a business partner, the importance of shared values and vision, and how they balance their friendship with work. You can find Nimble on Instagram at @nimbleactivewear.You can find Jess and Stef on Instagram at @howtwolive and @howtwolivethepodcast.Join our Facebook group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2792364567571222/?source_id=159549137512321To get in touch, email firstname.lastname@example.org. CREDITS Music by: KausyEdited by: Andy Maher Coordinated by: Bianca Wittner See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Welcome to Lady Startup, the podcast where we find out how to build a business from women who’ve done it before. Rachel Corbett has two guests today, the founders of Nimble Activewear, Katia Santilli and Vera Yan. Katia and Vera have been friends since they were 14 and were successful career women who decided to take on the activewear market by designing clothes that were functional but also fashionable. After 6 months of planning Nimble was launched with Katia going into the business full time and Vera keeping her job to help fund the business. Eventually, they both stepped into the business full time and now they have an activewear company that turns over millions of dollars a year. So how did they do it? Listen to find out... CREDITS Guest: Katia Santilli & Vera Yan Host/Executive Producer: Rachel Corbett, Founder of PodSchool JOIN THE LADY STARTUP COMMUNITY: Subscribe to our newsletter and find out more about the Lady Startup courses at our website… https://www.ladystartup.com.au/ Follow us on Instagram to see success stories from other female entrepreneurs or to get your business featured… https://www.instagram.com/ladystartups/ Meet like-minded women in our Facebook Group... https://www.facebook.com/ladystartups/ Find more episodes of this and other Mamamia podcasts here... https://www.mamamia.com.au/podcasts/ Love the show and want to tell us about it? Call the pod phone on 02 8999 9386 or email us at email@example.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Katia and Vera are two best friends and former housemates who built a multi-million dollar business from their kitchen table. That business is Nimble Activewear: the trendy, Bondi-based fitness label with the bold colours and prints that you would recognise from a mile away. The girls had the idea for Nimble back in 2014 when they realised there were no real activewear brands available that were high performing, fashionable and affordable. What started out as a passion project quickly became a thriving business, so much so that Katia very soon after gave up her career in fashion to work in the biz full-time.The two have a pretty remarkable friendship - when Katia went full-time, Vera continued to work as a lawyer so she could financially support the two of them until it was time for Vera to dive in fully as well. This episode is a little longer than usual, but the girls were soo generous with sharing their story that we couldn't stop asking questions! There's so much to take away from this episode, including how the girls approached their families for funding, how they use an 'open to buy' to manage stock effectively, and the importance of building a thriving community around your brand. We sure hope you've got your notebooks ready!Sign up to our monthly newsletter at www.ladybrains.com.au Follow us on Instagram @lady.brainsChat to us in the Facebook group, the lady-brains clubhouseSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.