Each week, our Friday Feature celebrates powerful women from our tribe who share their magic with the world in unique and inspiring ways. This week, we chatted with Leah Kirsch, creator of the clothing brand LEAH KIRSCH. This powerhouse shares experience building a brand that empowers women and reminds us all of a really important lesson when we’re on a mission: slow down.
1. When you were a child, what made you the happiest?Arts & crafts. And clothes. I remember always getting so excited when my mom and I would go to Michaels or JoAnne’s Fabrics. Anything I could do with a glue gun, scissors, or a sharpie, I tried to do. I also looooved clothes, style, and shopping. Seems cliché but if you ask my parents, they will tell you how real the obsession was (and pretty much still is).
2. What inspired you to launch your company?After a breakup with my college boyfriend, I felt a void within myself that needed to be filled. I wanted to share with the world my experience and my story - and what better way to do that through something I love: clothes.
As time went on, I noticed the traction my shirts were getting and the niche for a cool women’s empowerment streetwear brand, now, everyday my customers and followers inspire me to keep creating.
3. What does your brand stand for?The LEAH KIRSCH brand stands for empowering women to be confident and unapologetically themselves while also showing them the power they have within themselves through their clothing.
4. Can you give us a story that exemplifies why you get fulfillment out of the work you do?Recently when a model was with me for a photoshoot for my new collection, she was so drawn to this one pair of my pants that I had. She kept explaining how a LEAH KIRSCH pair of pants were channeling her inner “firecracker”. I loved that she felt so strong and comfortable in her skin while wearing my clothing.
5. Is there a roadblock you had to overcome to get where you are today? How did you do it?I would say about 2 years ago I was in a very low spot in my life which let to a block in my creativity. For a couple months I couldn’t figure out how to get out of it until I took the time to actually truly get to know who I was and channel my authentic self through my craft.
6. What does choosing yourself mean to you?Choosing myself means checking in with myself and how I am feeling a particular way in certain moments instead of always trying to act like I’m okay
7. When’s the last time you had to be super brave?When I decided to move and live on my own. For the first time I was really truly on my own - without a roommate or friend to come home and spill my day to, which in the long run it was the best move.
8. How do you practice self-love and care on a daily/weekly basis?I slow down a lot because instead of working faster, I started working smarter. When I slowed down I could really get in touch with how I was feeling and what my body was telling me was right and wrong, i.e. listening to my intuition.
9. What is your advice to your 10-year-old, 18-year-old, and 25-year-old self (as applicable)?10-year-old: Don’t be so hard on yourself, you’ll figure it out
18-year-old: If you like something, try it and don’t let anyone tell you that you’re crazy to do so
25-year-old self: Take a break when you need a break
10. What do you love most about yourself?I hold space for people to be who they are.
11. Why is uplifting/celebrating/empowering women important?It’s important because everyone should have a fair chance to follow their dream and go after what they want in life. Because women have been held back in the past they now need celebration and empowering from women like me and you, so they can have the chance to follow that dream
12. What do you think makes being a woman special?We have this strength and unbelievable intuition, that if it is trusted, can guide us through our most desired life.
Finish these sentences:Women should: follow their instinct
Women can: determine their own ceiling of who they are and who they want to be in this life
Women will: run the world ; )
I am: multidimensional