"The Timing Will Never Be Right"—Why This Entrepreneur Didn't Wait for Success

You spent your 20s working toward building your dream career, but now that you're in your 30s, what do you do when you've, well, changed your mind? Or maybe you never quite figured it out, and you're now ready to commit to something you're passionate about, whether it's a job, a city, or just a new way of life. To celebrate the career changes that can come at any age, we're debuting a new series, Second Life. Each week, we'll hear from women who got over their doubts and fears and made the biggest changes of their lives.



Courtesy of Leatherology

After all the study and hustle, you're finally working for a prestigious designer you've always admired. To everyone else, you're living the dream and they'd be right to assume that, you love your job, so why are you still frustrated? This is the position Rae Liu found herself in when she was working as the accessories development manager at Alexander Wang. Yes, we can almost hear your ears prick up at reading that name and while Liu tells me those three years were some of her best (and she learned so much), she felt the itch to break out and do her own thing. 

And for the past seven years, Liu has been doing just that as the co-founder and creative director of the extremely successful accessories brand, Leatherology—I never travel without their double zip bag. Ahead, Liu shares her unfiltered journey from working at the World Bank to Alexander Wang and how she made the leap to start her own business. Spoiler alert: It was hard, very hard.