Lauren Chan, Model + Founder, Henning

“I’m from Brantford, Canada, the town that Wayne Gretzsky is from. When I was young, I thought I was going to be in the WNBA—I grew up playing basketball and then played at...

Meredith Duxbury, Model + Content Creator

“I've always loved the idea of makeup, but I didn’t really wear it until I got to college. I went to Southern Connecticut State University, and I started my degree in biology because I...

Part II: Dianna Cohen, Founder, Crown Affair

Dianna is a DTC powerhouse. Read how she got her start in Part I first. Back now? OK let’s get to Part II, The Top Shelf! “My mom was the one who...

Dianna Cohen, Founder, Crown Affair

“I’m a Florida girl, born and raised. I went to a preppy high school that was very sports-driven, but I was always hanging out in the art studio. I would spend my weekends going...

How Brooklyn Florist Ryan Norville Found A New Life In Paris

Dear ITG, I was really itchy about New York for quite some time. Since I was maybe 25—I’m 31 now—New York hadn’t felt the same since my teenage years and early twenties. The...

Julianne Goldmark, Founder, Emi Jay

“From the youngest age, I wanted to be a mini Martha Stewart. I’d come home from school and make scrapbooks, and I collected stickers and made stationery for myself. In that sense, I always...

Hannah Berner, Comedian + Podcast Host

“I grew up in Brooklyn, and when I was six years old I decided I was going to be a professional tennis player. A year after that, I decided I wanted to be a...

Martine Ho, Founder + Creative Director, Sunnies Face + Sunnies Studios

“I’ve always been very in between being American and Filipino. I was born in Manila, where I live now, but my family moved to the United States when I was six. I grew up...

Tariro Makoni, Strategy at Amazon Web Services + Content Creator

“When I first moved to the U.S. from Zimbabwe, I had a British accent and people made fun of me. I was like, ‘I need to drop the accent by watching Arthur,’ but what...

Sai De Silva, The Real Housewives of New York + Scout The City

“I’m from East Flatbush, Brooklyn. I went to college on a pre-med track because I wanted to be a pediatrician, but then I thought about how I was going to be broke for the...