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From Vogue Assistants to Startup Founders: Meet The Mothers Behind Maisonette

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For fashion-forward parents, finding stylish clothing for their kids can be a hassle. No one wants to drag their little ones around a mall in a desperate search for chic options. That might not even exist in that particular place. Maisonette is here to solve that pesky problem and make the lives of parents a whole lot easier. Rather than going on a long shopping excursion, diaper bag in hand, Maisonette provides an online shopping experience that allows parents to stay at home as they sift through a myriad of luxury clothing brands. Why not dress your kids to impress, too?


Luisana Roccia and Sylvana Durrett are the masterminds behind Maisonette; both Vogue veterans and doting moms. They were inspired to create Maisonette by their own difficulties scouring the stores and the internet for brands that would meet their expectations when it comes to properly attiring their children. “We had this light-bulb moment when we were talking about how hard it was to shop for our children and said, 'Why isn't there a platform exclusively for stylish kids clothing and accessories?'" Durrett explains, and their business was born (probably with a satin dress or classy overalls on).

“It's a chore to shop for your children in a world where there's every convenience online for you as an adult. When you have kids, it's just not the same experience. We wanted to solve this problem for parents." -Durrett

Offering up high-quality brands is not all Maisonette does, Roccia and Durrett's site has an editorial section too, called “Le Scoop." It is brimming with children-centric tips and insightful articles that foster a community of parents with one major goal in mind: to find only the very best for their kids.

When asked about naming the company, Roccia revealed the pair have always admired French style, especially that of women. “Something about their elevated simplicity is so chic," she says.

“As a woman, it's difficult to walk into a room full of men and ask for money month after month like we had to for our Series A fundraising round. That being said, we fully believe in what we are building and would do anything to make sure it's successful"

Durrett spoke about her favorite brands that are on her website; “Right now I'm in love with Age of Innocence, a shoe brand based in London," she says. “Their shoes are so timeless and classic yet modern. They are perfect for the Holidays!" Soon RS Barcelona will be featured on Maisonette; this is one of their brands that will branch out of the clothing sphere and into the realm of chic furniture for kids to enjoy, like foosball and ping pong tables.

Next for the busy moms in business is a new feature on their site. Since the long-awaited holiday season is coming up, they've launched “Petite Profile." Yes, it's as cute as it sounds. The petite rugrats in their customer's lives can get personalized profiles to ensure only the best outfits are suggested.

“We're also excited for Maisonette's holiday pop-up in New York City," Durrett adds. “It will be open from 11/16–12/24! The pop-up will feature a range of family-friendly activities to make the holiday shopping season more fun."

So to all the parents out there, instead of being plagued with unceasing stress this holiday season, take to Maisonette and let its magic do the work.

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2020 is Around the Corner: Here's How To Design Your Next Decade

Personally, I am over the top excited that we are on the cusp of turning the page on not only a new year but also on a new 10-year window of opportunities and possibilities!

You may be thinking, whoa…I am just embracing the fall season…yikes… it is tough to think about a new decade!


Yet it is this groundwork, this forward thought that you put in place TODAY that will propel you and lead you into greatness in 2020 and beyond. Designing a new decade rests in your ability to vision, in your willingness to be curious, in your awareness of where you are now and what you most want to curate. Essentially, curating what's next is about tapping into today with confidence, conviction, and decision. Leading YOU starts now. This is your new next. It is your choice.

Sometimes to get to that 'next', you need to take a step back to reflect. Please pardon my asking you to spend time in yesterday. Those who know me personally, know that I created and continue to grow my business based on enabling the present moment as a springboard for living your legacy. So, indulge me here! True, I am asking you to peek into the past, yet it is only in order for you to bring the essence of that past forward into this moment called NOW.

One of the best ways to tap into what's next is to clarify what drives you. To design a new decade, ask yourself this question about the past ten years:

What worked? What were my successes?

Make a list of your achievements big and small. Don't type them, but rather use ink and paper and sit with and savor them. Move your thoughts and your successes from your head, to your heart, to your pen, to the paper. Remember that on the flip side of goals not attained and New Year's resolutions abandoned, there was more than likely some traction and action that moved you forward, even if the end result was not what you expected. Once you have a full list of a decade's worth of personal and professional accomplishments, think about how this makes you feel. Do you remember celebrating all of them? My guess is no. So, celebrate them now. Give them new life by validating them. Circle the successes that resonate with you most right now. Where can you lean into those accomplishments as you power into the decade ahead?

Now comes a tougher question, one that I used myself in my own mid-life reinvention and a question I adore because in a moment's time it provides you with a quick reconnect to your unique inner voice.

If it were 10 years ago and nothing were standing in your way, no fear or excuses to contend with…what would you do?

Don't overthink it. The brilliance of this question is that it refocuses purpose. Whatever first came to mind when you answered this for yourself is at its core a powerful insight into defining and redefining the FUTURE decade. Bring your answer into the light of today and what small piece of it is actionable NOW? Where is this resonating and aligning with a 2019 version of yourself?

Then, based on your success list and your answer to the above question, what is your 2020 vision for your business and for the business of YOU?

Designing a new decade begins as a collection of 3,650 opportunities. 3,650 blank slates of new days ahead in which to pivot and propel yourself forward. Every single one of those days is a window into your legacy. An invitation to be, create, explore, and chip away at this thing we call life. One 24-hour segment at a time.

While you have a decade ahead to work on design improvements, you have the ability to begin manifesting this project of YOU Version 2020 right NOW. Based on exploring the exercises in this post, begin executing your vision. Ask questions. Be present. Let go of 2019 and the past 10 years so that you can embrace the next 10. Position acceptance and self-trust at the forefront of how you lead you. One choice at a time.

Don't get bogged down in the concept of the next 10 years. Instead position clarity and intention into each new day, starting today. Then chase every one of those intentions with an in-the-moment commitment and solution toward living a legendary life!