Question: Arielle and Valerie, not only are you both successful entrepreneurs, but you are female founders. What does that title mean to you?
Arielle Charnas: For me, all of my strategic and everyday decisions boil down to my principles as a woman. Whether it's showing fashion that everyday women can incorporate into their lifestyles, or discussing my life from the perspective of a female in business, everything at Something Navy comes back to the lens of a female founder. Our team is primarily women, and we strive to consider what women from all backgrounds and walks of life want to see, hear, and wear.
Valerie McMurray: Female founders account for only 20% of global startups (according to Crunchbase in 2019). Being able to juggle three children, plus starting and running a business requires a ton of multitasking. But I love that my children are seeing me succeed at something I'm passionate about.
I started Soleil Toujours knowing nothing about the skincare business. We are a small lean team and everyone pitches in on all fronts, regardless of title. It’s an all-hands-on-deck situation where everyone is considered family. As a result, everyone is passionate about growing and succeeding because in the end, it is our collective business.