Photographed by Ashley Batz for Lonny.
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How was pitching the concept to investors at first? Did they agree with the idea that young people might want culturally rich decor?
"That’s a good question. A few investors did, and that was all I needed. With any business, not everyone can understand or see the potential for what you’re building. I’ll never forget the first few people who believed in me and invested in us. They bought into the vision. That made the difference."