We think listening has become a lost art. Life is so busy we often don’t take the time to listen to our kids, friends, family or even ourselves! Practicing is hard. But SO worth it. We wanted to practice listening to one another along with the amazing people we find along the way as we try to make the best apparel we can.
Questions are our best tools to focus on others and get to know them and divert our attention away from ourselves. PEOPLE WHO SHAPE US is a blog series to showcase exactly that. The people. All ages, countries, walks of life.
VOL 1 | LINSEY FULLER | CO-FOUNDER OF AGE TO COME | XIAMEN CHINA
Linsey is an only child who was raised in Sequim, Washington, USA. She is married to Robbie Fuller and has 2 children Max (7) and Maddie (4). We wanted to ask her a few questions to find out a little bit more about one of our co-founders.
1) How did you come up with the idea in starting Age to Come? Did your strategy pivot as you go along?
Age to Come was born out of my desire as a mom to dress my son in the style of clothing he likes. My husband Robbie is the creative director of a shoe company and has worked in design for 15 years. Max saw his dad’s street-style clothes and wanted some too….I searched and found nothing. So….what do you do when you can’t find something? you figure out how to make it of course 🙂 (or at least I do) So a few weeks later Max was wearing some of our first styles. I got asked many times “where did you get that?” So I started dreaming. The name and logo speaks to the mission we have in creating our styles to be timeless, lasting and suitable for kids as they grow.
Our strategy is constantly pivoting to adjust to timing, finances, and opportunities. Some of the biggest lessons I’ve learned in business are to be flexible, fail fast, and value people
2) What are the two things that motivate and keep you moving forward with Age to Come
My main motivators are flexibility and adaptability. Flexibility in that most brands aren’t built in a day…they are a careful crafted recipe of Talent, Timing, Marketing and relevant product. If any of those factors are missing or not properly baked you must adapt quickly to change while not compromising your brand value or authenticity.
I love being able to quickly adapt to whatever the brand needs. There are a wealth of talented people that cross you path and ultimately whether you succeed or fail…it’s those relationships you build along the way that are your true profit.
3) What’s one of your favorite questions to ask new friends or to get a conversation going?
My favorite question is “Do you work in your dream job? If not, what is your dream job and why?” I LOVE what I do…and I love to inspire others to really think about what they are passionate about.
4) What do you think is one of the most undervalued professions right now?
Teachers. hands down. When my kids started school I gained immense respect and admiration for teachers. They have to have amazing patience, creativity, and stamina to not only be around kids but inspire and teach them about life! The profession of teacher should be a position that is generously compensated, merit based and highly valued.
5) In general, what do you think about art?
This in an interesting one….because while I would like to think that I have the mind to comprehend traditional art…I most of the time find artistic beauty in things that are created for a purpose (architecture, apparel, footwear, furniture) So while I can appreciate sculpture, paintings and more traditional mediums….I LOVE when people use creativity and create “art” to solve a problem for humanity and make it beautiful.
6) Do you like to plan things out in detail or be spontaneous?
I like to plan things out in detail so I CAN be spontaneous….Both in life, cooking, business….I like to be well prepared with the basic framework so I can be flexible and creative with what I’ve got J
7) What’s one of your favorite habits you have?
Currently. Bubble Tea or some variation of tea. In fact…MOST of the Mandarin I know is related to ordering tea at KOI Café here in Xiamen. It’s social, it’s delicious, and it makes me smile everyday!