In honor of our co-founders Hillary Kerr and Katherine Power’s upcoming 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. We tapped into Serena Dugan of cult-favorite Serena & Lily. Next, the inimitable Anna Brockway, co-founder and president of beloved site Chairish.
There's nothing quite like the thrill of coming across a vintage treasure when thrift-store shopping, but who has the time—or, more importantly, the eye!—to sift through antique shops and flea markets? Anna Brockway, that’s who. This brilliant ingénue thought of bringing the joy of vintage décor shopping online, and in just three years turned an entire industry on its head.
With a background in art history, the fearless and savvy Columbia University graduate kicked off her career in the world of fashion advertising, working her way up the ranks of Levi’s,where she ultimately became vice president of marketing before the lightbulb watershed moment hit.
With a natural discerning eye, Brockway honed her skills as a vintage décor shopper throughout her years as a wife and mother. She launched Chairish with her husband, Greg Brockway (whom you know as the serial entrepreneur and co-founder of TripIt and Hotwire). Her goal: fusing the rush of shopping for gently used vintage items, with the ease of online shopping. It’s safe to say that she’s succeeded.
The vintage décor powerhouse has been a recurring guest on NBC’s Today Show, and has amassed over 75,000 followers on Chairish's Instagram. Ready to get inspired and take some notes to pursue your own workplace dreams? Scroll to follow Anna Brockway’s invaluable tips for success.
Whew, are you inspired yet? If we missed a question you’d like to ask Anna Brockway, chime in below! And, of course, shop the latest from Chairish.