One of the great things about running a custom dress company is that you meet some amazing and inspiring women. So much so that you end wanting to highlight and feature them. That’s why we launched our Herstory series, in which we profile in each entry a woman we admire while they wear one our dresses.
At the moment, we’re introducing women based in our home turf of Brooklyn and giving them a platform to explain what they do, why they love it, and how their grandmothers inspired them.
Our latest Herstory profile is Lindsay Fisher, who works as Director of Customer Experience and Communications at a virtual assistant company and teaches singing, while living in Prospect Heights. You can read our Q&A with Lindsay, as well as watch a video feature about her, below:
How did your grandmother inspire you?
Both my mom and my grandmother (aka "Grammy") have been sources of inspiration and moral compasses for me, and for many others who have had the privilege of knowing either or both of them. I may not have realized it when I was younger, as most selfish teenagers and people in their early adulthood won't, but I now realize that they're both incredible women who have shaped me into the person I am today.
Grammy lost her husband, and my mom her father, at a very young age. Grammy raised two children on her own in a time when it certainly was not easy to do, and she did it with a positive outlook (and the help of her family). She never once complained. She lived and shared this grateful attitude, positive outlook and deep faith right up until the day she passed away.
My mom also carries that deep rooted strength, optimism and faith, and has raised me and my siblings with these same values. She's taught us to never stop fighting for what is right, and to love ourselves and others as we are, without judgement. She taught us, and still reminds us, to laugh even when things seem terrible. Oh, and also won't stop reminding us that a "watched pot never boils."
My mom and Grammy both still inspire me to be kind and understanding, to always have faith, and to live right now in this moment. While those are not always easy tasks, both of their voices are always in the back of my head (for better or worse) inspiring me to be better. They've both been the epitome of strong women role models, and I couldn't have wished for a better team of women to inspire the way in which I live my life.
What do you love about what you do?
To me, working at a startup means that your work is directly affecting the value and success of the company on a daily basis. While that can be daunting, it's also something that is incredibly rewarding. When you're able to see the work your team put into something that becomes successful, it makes all of the hard work worth the effort. It's especially rewarding when you respect and truly enjoy working with your other team members.
In addition to my position at Fancy Hands, I also give voice lessons, and have the privilege of singing with many music groups in Brooklyn and Manhattan. Music (singing, in particular) is my true passion, and to be able to share that with others is something I cherish. No matter how stressful my day has been or how upset I might be, as soon as I'm giving a lesson or singing with others, I feel instantly relaxed and content.
Whether it's performing or listening, music is something that brings many together while simultaneously being a very personal experience. I feel lucky that I'm able to share that with others on a weekly basis.
Those who know me will know that this is the first time I've ever thought about defining my "style."
I love loud colors, and patterns (especially polka dots!) and always try to mix and match the two. Big, colorful earrings are also a must. Being a curvy woman, I have learned to love and depend on a fabulous well-fitting dress (bonus if there are pockets), hence why I LOVE my ELSA AND ME dress!
I think my style reflects who I am in that I try to live loudly and always see the bright side in every situation. That, and that I'm always involved in way too many things, and therefore am kind of a mess, but manage to pull it all together in the end.