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In Conversation with: Julie Mollo

We sat down with Pitch Night Alum designer Julie Mollo to learn more about what inspires her and her work space.  Join us on Cinco de Mayo for a Sweet + Savory Celebration from 12pm – 4pm featuring a trunk show with Julie’s designs!

What inspired you to create your company?

My company was started on accident! Katy Perry began wearing my custom clothing on tour in 2008 and after posting a blog about me, sent thousands of new customers to my baby portfolio website, wanting my clothing.  I started a custom clothing business in my dorm room and 10 years later, I am putting those same shapes that were all over my pop starlet’s frocks and placing them on glitter vinyl clutches for a much more accessible price!

What does your ideal work space look like?

It is a very clean, functional black & white striped space with a balloon covered ceiling and a disco ball in the middle. It is full of adorable girls spreading clutches around the world! also, upbeat music is always playing it smells like Volcano by Capri!

How does your work space inform your creativity for your work?

I try to surround myself with inspiring, fun images that fuel the aesthetic behind every glittery piece that ships out of my studio! I love having photos of past photoshoots printed out to remind me of my journey, too.

Can you tell us a fun fact about yourself that is not available online?

I started my accessories career in high school creating a line of bags out of capri sun juice pouches. I would collect other kid’s trash at lunch and friends would even save theirs and slide them through the slits of my locker for me to collect! I had about 7 styles and sold them to other students at school.

What is your favorite piece of your collection?

It’s a toss up between the makeup face clutch (…inspired by my own face) and my brand new love letter clutch!

Complete the sentence: The future of work is….

Fun! so many people are moving towards focusing on work that brings them joy rather than what brings them a paycheck. Work is so much more productive when doing something you love!

Favorite NYC spot:

Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club!

Read more about Julie Mollo’s Pitch Night experience here!