June 4, 2024

Sustainable Materials in Outdoor Apparel: Kelly Mazanti Shares Her Hard-Earned Lessons [ EP 446]

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Rick Saez
Sustainable Materials in Outdoor Apparel: Kelly Mazanti Shares Her Hard-Earned Lessons [ EP 446]

Today I’m speaking with Buttnski founder Kelly Mazanti. After leaving her corporate life in 2017, Kelly founded a brand design & strategy company, Pier Collective, which she ran for five years between LA and Breckenridge.

She is an alumnus of the CU Boulder Leeds School of Business with a degree in Marketing & Management. She recently had the opportunity to participate as a Capstone partner with the CU Boulder Master’s of the Environment program.

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Show Notes

04:53 Skiing memories shape who I am now.

09:10 Skiing, eighties shorts, parents in Colorado.

09:43 Woman keeps old fleece shorts for warmth.

15:27 Supplier flexibility allowed working with local and overseas.

17:18 Family and friends supported our business launch.

21:47 Learning new things, like dealing with customs.

25:20 Thrilled to partner with smart master’s student.

27:44 Using local eco-friendly company for packaging materials.

29:27 Customs issue with sourcing animal products.

32:43 Learning the high cost of building a business.

37:25 Developing product line with local designers, prototypes.

41:18 Exciting event at Arapahoe Basin with free riders.

44:16 More women supporting each other in sports.

46:05 Advice: be prepared and buckle up.

46:45 Favorite Piece of Outdoor Gear: Tire Repair Kit with Bacon and Noss Tire Sealant

Favorite Book: Let My People Go Surfing, by Yvon Chouinard; Losing and Finding My Virginity by Richard Branson


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