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Anji Desai

Anji Desai
Anji Desai is the co-founder of Dezen, a planet-friendly fashion brand that’s transforming the idea of fast fashion into sustainable fashion. Anji has been at a wide variety of startups -- all of which had nothing to do with fashion.

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Summary

On this episode of the podcast, I talk with Anji Desai the co-founder of Dezen, a planet-friendly fashion brand that’s championing the idea that fashion can be sustainable. Anji has been at a wide variety of startups -- all of which had nothing to do with fashion. That wide variety of experiences has made the challenge of learning fashion a lot easier.

I first met Anji at Founders Network which is a peer mentoring network that I have been part of since 2017. It’s a great group of founders that help each other through the good and the challenging times. Anji and I talk about a wide variety of topics including what she does daily to be successful as well as the Indian art of mind-body connection.

What I loved about this conversation is how Anji embraced being uncomfortable about her lack of knowledge in fashion and how she and her co-founder work together to complement each others strengths.

Now, let’s get better together.

Actions to Try or Advice to Take

  • Side Hustles: They are a great way to learn and expand your experiences with little risk.
  • Fashion is the #2 contributor to global pollution so find out where your fashion comes from.
  • Your mind and body are connected. Both need to be taken care of.
  • Breath daily + Yoga at least once a week
  • Be realistic about what you can accomplish in a week and even in a day. Focus on the one thing that needs to be accomplished.
  • Learn how to deal with people by figuring out their physical traits and their personality so you have reasonable expectations for what to expect.
  • Creativity is not 9 to 5: You have to be accommodating to creatives since creatives work at all different hours and inspiration strikes when it strikes.

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