As anyone who has ever launched a business knows, being an entrepreneur is simultaneously exciting and challenging. Lisa Weiss, owner and founder of the showroom Debut New York, is not unaware of these challenges as she is entering into her second venture. When I first met Lisa she has just opened her first boutique, also name Debut New York. The recession hit and retail took a plunge. However, true New Yorker that she is, Lisa did not give up. We recently reconnected as I learned that she had embarked on a new venture by crossing into the wholesale business. I went to visit her in her cool showroom space, located on East Houston. The minimalist decor fits the trendy lower east side area to a T. The double story space features white walls balanced with dark wood floors and large windows overlooking Houston street. The clothing hangs on metal racks around the room. The space feels airy and uncluttered. Lisa currently represent three collections. Irish born designer Dean Quinn, a graduate from Central Saint Martins, designer Laura Siegel ,a Parsons’ alumni who was named by Vogue Italia “one of Vogue Talents’ emerging designers” and Falconiere Jewelry created by Juniper Rose who collaborated with Donna Karan on her tough-love accessories collection in 2009. As a busy mother of three boys this new venture offers Lisa a slightly more balanced schedule. She is very excited about it and relishes the fact that she gets to work with designers she knows personally and whose work she appreciates. It will be interesting to follow the evolution of Debut New York and see which new talents Lisa adds to its stable.
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Store website: debutnewyork.com
1. What do you love most about your job?
Working with emerging designers, being involved in the process as they
build their brands.
2. If you did not live in New York where would you live and why?
Los Angeles, love the weather
3. When not working what do you enjoy doing?
Hanging with my kids
4. What is your best memory from childhood?
Waiting for my mom as she spent hours blow drying hair for me and my
sisters weekly. We got to stay up late and watch lots of TV on a
5. What is your favorite holiday destination and why?
I always want to go someplace I’ve never been, love learning about
different cultures and experiencing new cities. This past summer I got
to hike on deserted trails in Utah taking in breathless views and
6. Book or e-reader? Why and what are you currently reading?
Book – I spend enough time in front of a computer.
I’m currently reading Confront and conceal by David Sanger. It’s about
President Obama’s foreign policy.
7. Which social media platform do you use and how did they impact your business?
Facebook, keeps me up dated on what’s going
8. What is a true luxury for you today?
Finishing a book
9. What is your biggest accomplishment to date? Why?
Surviving three boys…they tackle me all at the same time when I get
home. Forces me to really balance myself on stiletos.
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