Want to Double Your Business? Meet the Female Entrepreneur Who Did Exactly That

Jillian Knox Finley

In honor of our co-founders Hillary Kerr and Katherine Power’s new book, The Career Code: Must-Know Rules for a Strategic, Stylish, and Self-Made Career ($13), we’re kicking off an interview series featuring 17 questions (to parallel the book’s 17 chapters) about the work lives of inspirational female leaders who are at the top of their fields. Last round, we tapped the inimitable Ina Garten, founder of Barefoot Contessa. Next up, a young L.A. gun making art universally accessible: Meet the entrepreneur behind one of our favorite online resources of allChelsea Neman, founder of Tappan Collective.

Into every day, a little art must fall, we like to say. We’re constantly honing our online hunter-gatherer skills to curate the best and brightest designs to outfit your abode. Discovering like-minded, passionate design buffs carving a niche for themselves in the industry is our utmost passion. Enter our go-to woman for keeping up with the L.A. art scene.

Chelsea Neman co-founded Tappan Collective with the goal of bringing art back into common conversation. “We wanted to change the way emerging artists connect with their collectors and the world,” she tells us. An immaculately curated platform that supports emerging artists by sharing their work through e-commerce, Neman’s editorial eye provides a digital context for the art scene's up-and-comers hand-plucked from around the globe.

Founded in 2012, Tappan's main goal is to serve as a liaison between collector and artist. The eclectic offering consistently offers up art to accommodate any wallet. So much so that the gallery is credited with redefining the way the next generation experiences buying art. Tappan’s business model centers around providing artists with invaluable business development and feedback. Buoyed by the professional prowess of Neman’s team, Tappan’s initial roster of artists have since graduated to larger galleries of significant prestige, including Marianne Boesky Gallery, Kohn Gallery, and The Hole in NYC. 

Doubling her business in under two years, Neman is every bit the whip-smart startup maven poster child. Under her wing, Tappan has attracted the attention of major media outlets and brands, from The Los Angeles Times to Vogue and Interview. They’ve also helmed collaborations with the likes of Soho House, Intermix, Longchamp, and Free People. Charming, candid, and undeniably savvy, Neman has her finger on the pulse of cool. We're betting she can have you building a new gallery wall in T-minus 17 questions.

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