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Mere Knit’s WanYi Chow Talks Pitch Night & Dishwashers

SHARE WITH US YOUR PITCH NIGHT* EXPERIENCE.

The idea of giving a pitch sounded very intimidating to me but at STORY it was laid back and fun! I LOVED those Momofuku cookies and beer offered when I was waiting to pitch, and the mix of talented people I talked to made it a great experience!

ANY STAND OUT MOMENTS FROM PITCH NIGHT?

I was the last one to pitch. Of course, I had to say to Rachel, Mary Kate, and Marc that they “Saved the best for last, lol!”

WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO START MERE KNIT?

I was inspired by TOMS shoes and their give-back model. I know there’s a lot of naysayers who criticize the give-back model, but the act of kindness creates a ripple effect, a movement for others to follow suit. I think the future of business will also include a quantifiable social impact. At Mere, we structure a donation into every sale to give back to NGOs.

ANY HIDDEN TALENTS?

I can fit dishes for an entire dinner for six into my tiny dishwasher.

WHAT’S THE MOST POWERFUL PIECE OF ADVICE YOU’VE RECEIVED?

Trust your gut!

WHAT’S A FUN FACT WE CAN’T LEARN ABOUT YOU FROM GOOGLE?

When I was little, I wanted to work a cash register at a candy store. My dream was to eat as many candies and chocolates as I wanted, and whenever I wanted. I think the dentist crushed my dream.

DESCRIBE MERE KNIT IN SIX WORDS.

Socially conscious knitwear for going places.

ABOUT PITCH NIGHT

* PITCH NIGHT is STORY’s signature is an open call for small businesses, designers and makers. The night gives entrepreneurs the opportunity to pitch a physical product to a panel of leaders and executives in retail and media…and the occasional surprise guest!  Mere Knit was part of our January 2018 Pitch Night with Mary Kate McGrath, Editor in Chief Pure Wow and Marc Metrick, President Saks Fifth Avenue.