I love mirrors.
– Sophia Amoruso
I have this arsenal of high-waisted wide-leg ’70s pants and overalls. They are more roller-disco than Alexander Wang overalls.
Work hard, no matter how much recognition you get.
I didn’t buy the Porsche for status. I hate that, and it’s actually kind of goofy now because in L.A., a Porsche is like a Honda. It was just that I could pay that much money for a car and drive it off the lot.
The first thing I ever sold online was stolen.
You can’t convince someone else – whether it’s a potential employer, a loan officer at the car dealership, or someone you’ve been crushing on – that you’re amazing and terrific if you don’t actually think you are.
I don’t have a lot of style icons. There are not a lot of people today who I look to.
Every other fashion brand out there – including those that I call ‘competitors’ – are run by mostly old white men, and the customer knows it.
I’ve never worked in a retail store, but I did sell shoes at Gimme Shoes in San Francisco, a job I was fired from.
I often say my naivete early on in my career worked in my favor.
When you owe money to people, you’re always going to owe money to people, so you should take care of it as soon as possible. It doesn’t go away just because you ignore it.
I’ve probably spent more time than any other brand reading every last comment. To listen to people the way you’re able to online is very powerful.
It takes a lot more than just knowing how to put an outfit together to succeed in the fashion industry, so more power to you if this is where you want to be; just don’t expect it to be an extended trip to the mall.
The modern girl is less concerned with everything being a brand name.
A great mantra to have, whether you’re breaking up with your boyfriend or you lose your job, or something changes that you didn’t anticipate – which is a fact of life, and very much a fact of running a business – is: ‘I was OK before this, I will be OK after this.’
It’s a lot of work to sell one thing on the Internet.
I think I’ve just gotten really good at accessorizing personally. I’ve always been good at accessorizing other people, and intellectually, I’ve known how to accessorize, but I was pretty minimal personally – although I was wearing a ton of rings.
Creativity and business acumen don’t always go hand in hand.
I love clothing and still shop a lot of vintage.
I’m a capitalist, I’m a CEO, I run a big business, I’m an employer.
I don’t lead with an iron fist. I don’t yell at people. I have a way of making my opinion clear.
I think many people go to business school and learn ways to play it safe, ensuring that they avoid some of the pain that entrepreneurs endure while taking less calculated risks.
I would say I’m a boss who’s learning, and I hope people have the patience for the fact that I’m learning along the way because that’s a tough thing.
There’s no ‘Chutes and Ladders’ in life.
It was easy for me in my bathrobe to provide really great customer service. As an introvert, it’s really much easier to do than when standing in a retail store.
You can work for other people and still be a #GIRLBOSS; it’s more about a state of mind and knowing yourself well enough to know when you’re making decisions for yourself or because the world expects them of you. And guess what? It’s okay to do that sometimes, too.
Everyone does a style book, and I wanted to write a business book for people that didn’t think they would like a business book.
I’ve been wondering for a while now if the CEO role is one that I want – and the one that I’m best at.
You are not a special snowflake.
My philosophy is that you sell things for more than you bought them.