Sophia Amoruso

 

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SOPHIA AMORUSO

Founder, CEO & Creative Director, Nasty Gal

 

Sophia Amoruso took an eBay page filled with vintage finds and turned it into a booming online retailer with a well-curated mix of new and vintage fashion—in just seven years, no less. Here, she tells us about her team, her inspiration and her best vintage find ever.

 

I fell in love with fashion…

Long after I founded a fashion business! I started selling vintage, which I loved, but grew to appreciate fashion after realizing how much fun styling and buying was.

 

The inspiration behind Nasty Gal is…

That girls should be able to wear what they want and feel that no matter what they can accomplish their dreams. That and the soul of disco.

 

The story behind the name…

The name is a song and an album by Betty Davis, an ex-model and ex-wife of Miles Davis.

 

The secret to our team’s success is…

We bring our game faces every day and aren’t afraid to ask stupid questions.

 

Best business advice I ever received…

Hire slow, fire fast!

 



As an entrepreneur, you should never underestimate…

The power of having a strong team.

 

Never be afraid of…

Saying no.

 

My style icons are…

Bianca Jagger and… Bianca Jagger.

 

Best vintage find ever…

A gorgeous Eighties Chanel jacket at the Salvation Army for $8. I sold it on eBay for over $1,000!