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The Monday Report: 4/17/17

By April 17, 2017Mondays
Birgit Klett & Kenna Florie

Co-founders Beek

1. Which woman, who is not related to you, had the greatest impact on your life?

BK: A designer, quite a bit older than I, who mentored me in my first design job when i was 23. She was kick-ass. A feminist, 4-times divorced (not a goal of mine, but you have to give her credit for not giving up on it), talked like a truck-driver and always up for new experiences and adventures… We travelled Europe for a month on an inspirational trip in a tiny Fiat, picking up and dropping of her many and varied friends,, who were all crazy artists , along the way. She was so free, so talented, so not-white-picket fence, so happy with herself just the way she was. I was brought up to think that one foot always goes in front of the other… up the ladder… and she taught me that you can have it all and that it doesn’t need to happen a straight line.

KF: oh geez, there are so many! if i can’t choose my mom then i’m going to have to say ramona quimby (and yes, i know she’s not real). but i was a book worm growing up and i used to escape in these books. ramona had gumption and adventure and she was everything that i wanted to be. she taught me to break the rules and laugh at yourself. she also taught me that bad things will happen but we will all survive. thank you beverly cleary for creating an awesome character that a girl of 8 could relate to.

2. If you could spend two years living in a different country where would it be and why?

BK: It would have to be Italy or France, but in a small town, not a city. I have a lot of European relatives (like my 83 year old aunt that has a chalet in the Alps in Lichtenstein… love her!!) and I am always jealous of the slower pace… the market everyday to buy just for that day… the time taken to enjoy life and family. oh, and the six weeks of vacation!

KF: Oh, no question, Italy. i love the food, the music, the wine, the people. everything about it. i’d hole up in an adorable cottage in wine country and read books every day in my backyard amongst the vines. my little ones would run around laughing and playing while my husband served me chianti . . . oh wait, this to totally unrealistic. . still the same answer though . . . Italy. And i’d still have my little ones and my hubby with me. 🙂

3. You have a morning with absolutely no obligations or commitments – how would you choose to spend it?

BK: I am unable to sleep past 5:30, so that probably wouldn’t change… just started meditating, so would do that for 20 minutes instead of 10… maybe then it will work?? A long work-out, then a hour in the sun with a book. heaven.

KF: good workout in the morning, then reading a book under an umbrella on a hot sunny day. wow, i sound like a huge book worm! maybe throw in a massage and that would be about perfect.

4. What’s your guilty pleasure?

BK: Philly cheese-steaks Will be my last meal

KF: i’m so horrified to admit this but i watch the bachelor series. with a glass of wine. while the family is asleep. in my pjs. PURE COMEDY.

5. What’s the most unique/uncomfortable/craziest thing you’ve done and recommend that others try as well?

BK: Definitely starting beek and ditching the cush corporate pay-check (and color printer, that i still miss to this day). As a single mom, I’m pretty security-minded, but I just closed my eyes and jumped off the ledge. It’s such a rush; a huge challenge, but so worth it. My advise to anyone thinking of doing the same is GO FOR IT, but choose your partner wisely. It’s like a marriage!!

KF: quit! if you’re not happy in your job then leave it. you’re never going to be successful at a job that you hate. start looking around and find something better. i think women get ‘stuck’ more easily than men. they aren’t typically as comfortable with change. but the best time to look is when you already have a job, so go out there and start asking around. and then gladly put in your notice.

6. What remains undone that you hope to set to your sights on?

BK: I’m on the search for a new creative outlet that is purely to feed my soul.

KF: before we had babies, my husband and I used to have a rule of seeing a new county every year (one that neither of us have been to). it was the BEST tradition. We got in about 8 years of doing this. i’d like to go back to this and continue it until we ar old and withered. 🙂

7. Which article from the Art Of The Gentlewoman collection is your favorite, why?

BK: The blazer (tho i also love the pants). great take on a classic, effortless and cool

KF: the trousers! I love them! you nailed it.

8. Describe what you do.

BK: I’m a shoe designer and have been forever. I love the mix of art and commerce… working to make a business grow is really fulfilling. In the past it’s always been for another company, but now it’s for beek! I’m proud to feel like we bring something that is hard to find in the market. Sandals and shoes that are made slowly, carefully, by hand… products that will last for a long time and are timeless. I’m also the mom of two tall people, Oliver 25 and Sydnie 22. So absolutely amazing when your kids become adults/friends/favorite people to hang out with. I’m in a long-term relationship with Mike (someone needs to invent a word better than boyfriend or partner). he amazingly thinks I’m amazing, so he gets to stay around!!

KF: I’d like to think i do a lot! I’m the mother of two beautiful little people named stone and port. i am the wife to an incredible man who is my anchor. i am the co-founder and partner to an amazingly talented footwear designer and we have an awesome brand called beek. I’m also a sister to three, daughter-in-law to two, sister-in-law to four. i’m the daughter of two who unfortunately left this earth early but taught me to laugh hard, play hard, and work hard. oh and that life is too short to drink bad wine.

9. Favorite book, quote, or best piece of advice?

BK: I had a a boss, a long time ago… an entrepreneur, kind of snarky, very successful… who told me one day, as i was wrestling with a life-decision: “life is short, and so are you”. I laughed, as i am pretty short, but it strangely stuck with me. Life is short- you have to go for it, and not procrastinate. I’m short, but mighty, and it REALLY helps not to take yourself too seriously

KF: quote: slow is steady, steady is fast.

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