Rebecca Minkoff has some advice for e-commerce companies right now

When Rebecca Minkoff first moved to New York City, the then-18-year-old was making $4.75 an hour.

“I just kept working for this designer and someone was telling me what to do every day. I just didn’t like that. And I thought if I’m going to work as hard, it’s going to be for myself and I want to call my own shots,” she said. “I didn’t want to be told what to do, frankly.”

Self-employment for Minkoff turned out just fine; in 2001, she redesigned the iconic “I Love New York” shirt and it appeared on The Tonight Show. After a shout-out from Jay Leno, Minkoff spent the next eight months making T-shirts on the floor of her apartment and quit her job to start designing full time.

We caught up with Minkoff to learn more about how she grew her brand into a global fashion company with the help of her brother, her problem with the unicorn mentality and why she thinks the “invisible barrier” is the future of retail tech.

This interview was edited for brevity and clarity.

TechCrunch: What gave you the energy and drive to become an entrepreneur?

Rebecca Minkoff: Long story. My mom would sell these cast covers, like decorative covers for people with broken arms at the flea market. And I was like, I am going to have a booth here. So I made all these tie-dye shirts and no one bought anything but it was just this idea of like, I can make something I can sell. My mom always taught that. When I wanted a dress, she taught me how to sew a dress instead of buying the dress. And so, I just got this bug for creating things out of nothing.

The constant thread was, “I’m not going to pay for this. You’re going to learn how to do it.”

Best men’s travel shoes for every kind of trip

Best men's travel shoes for every kind of trip

Everyone knows that packing for travel is a pain. I consistently have to sit on my suitcase to get it to close, and it’s usually due to one thing: My shoes. 

I’m guilty of overpacking in general, but especially when it comes to shoes. I just want some travel shoes that’ll go with every outfit, sue me. 


But as any pro travel knows, you should probably only bring around two pairs of shoes with you on each trip — counting the ones you wear on the plane, of course.

That’s easier said than done, though. It all depends on where you’re going. Sometimes, you end up going places where you need a shoe that can withstand a blizzard, but other times, you just need a comfortable pair of lightweight sneakers.  Read more…

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adidas Ultraboost 20 Sneakers

The adidas Ultraboosts are an all-in-one powerhouse, offering comfort and versatility in both style and usage — you can take them almost anywhere.

$180 from Amazon

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Allbirds Wool Runners

Running through the airport is already stressful enough, so you might as well be comfortable while doing it — the Allbirds Wool Runners are ultra-cozy and flexible, making it the top pick for air travel.

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Veja V-10 Trainers

It's always better to shop eco-friendly if you can — the Veja V-10s are sustainably made, comfortable, and they'll look great no matter what city you find yourself in.

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Cole Haan OriginalGrand Ultra Wingtip Oxford

Oxford shoes are notoriously uncomfortable, but the Cole Haan OriginalGrands bring both the classic Oxford style and extreme comfort to the table, making it the perfect semi-formal shoe for business travel.

$180 from Cole Haan

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Danner Mountain Light Boots

Danner's Mountain Light boots are the epitome of a high-quality hiking boot — they are comfortable, practical, and elicit tons of nostalgia with their heritage aesthetic.

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Bean Boots by L.L.Bean (Shearling-Lined)

Wet, winter climates demand a versatile boot, and L.L. Bean's popular duck boots bring it all to the table: Warmth, comfort, and practicality.

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Birkenstock Arizona Sandals

If you want a sandal that's more versatile than a flip-flop, Birkenstocks are the obvious next step — they're super comfortable, and they work with a vast array of outfits.

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Toms Classic Alpargata

Toms are a great, convenient, in-between option for those who want the benefits of both a shoe and a sandal.

$49.95 from Toms

This code saves you an extra 20% in the Nike Sale

This code saves you an extra 20% in the Nike Sale

TL;DR: Use the code JAN20 in the Nike Sale to save an extra 20% on list price.

A sale is a wonderful thing, especially when one concerns a massive brand like Nike. The only thing that can top a sale like this is a voucher code that gives you an additional saving on top of your deal.

Well, the good news is that’s exactly what we’ve got for you. You can now save an extra 20% on sale items from Nike. All you need to do is enter the code JAN20 at the checkout, and that’s all. It doesn’t get any simpler than that. 

The sale does end at midnight on Jan. 26, but that gives you plenty of time to find a great deal. You can shop and save on everything from running trainers to tracksuits, with something for everyone. We’re not going to run through everything in the sale because there is a lot, but we recommend checking out the whole range of items. Read more…

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