#2: Creating a Visionary Business with Lululemon Founder Chip Wilson
On the first episode of Fashion Originators, I had the privilege of chatting with Chip Wilson, the OG founder of Lululemon. Although he is no longer the CEO of the brand -- and hasn't always received the most positive press -- he's someone I admire for his focused vision and certainty in how to execute it.
From the episode, I reflect with Chip on his early days in the fashion industry, and the books that have shaped him. In particular, Chip recommends:
"The Prince" - Machiavelli
"Good to Great" - Jim Collins
"Atlas Shrugged" - Ayn Rand
"The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement" - E.M. Goldratt
Call takeaways: Besides the book recommendations, what I learned from Chip the most was his sense of clarity. Chip observes something that needs to be changed, and changes it in HIS way -- all without discernible self-doubt. Obviously having a brilliant team behind you helps, but as an entrepreneur, being able to show strength = the creation of an attractive force. In turn, I think this has allowed him to draw in great teams in the past (and even in current times -- his assistant is incredibly nice)!
I hope you enjoyed this week's episode. Next week is far more humorous (but equally educational). I will be sharing a chat I had with YouTube star HauteleMode. In preparation, be sure to watch his videos -- they're equal parts fashion education and hilarity.
Have an awesome week!