Tuesday, March 07, 2017

10 Q'S WITH MARISSA CRISTINA OF STIL CLASSICS


Name: Marissa Cristina Grootes
Work Title: CEO & Creative Director
Hometown: Zug, Switzerland
Company: STIL Classics


Q. What’s more likely to be in your cup? Chai or Coffee and why?
A. I’m gonna have to go with neither. I only drink tea. Earl grey soy misto.

Q. If you were on a jet plane right now where would you be headed?
A. I would be headed to NYC.

Q. Tell us one thing that not everyone may know about you.
A. I have an incredibly twisted sense of humor and you’ll rarely see me order a salad anywhere.

Q. If you won the lottery at this very moment what would your next move be?
A. I would pay off some debt I have from starting my business first, then I would get myself a bit of a bigger apartment - currently I’m living in 240sqft - and then I would take my mother on a tropical vacation because she hasn’t been on one in close to 14 years.

Q. You’ve built a successful and unique business! Tell us your three favourite things about your job and/or company!
1. I get to be my own boss and blaze my own trails.
2. I get to wake up every morning with a smile on my face because I am living my dream.
3. I am doing something I am incredibly proud to tell people about.

Q. You’ve recently created the Met Clutch and have now launched BÜTIQ (a curated online shop). Please tell us more about launching these two additions to STIL.
A. Planners have always been our gateway drug into the fashion, lifestyle and accessories market and we’ve got a lot more up our sleeve in terms of what’s to come.

Q. What sets the Design Love Planners apart from other planners?
A. The Design Love Planner is unique in that it is designed for the modern working woman who is looking for something clean and minimal that is also incredibly functional and organizational.

Q. What is one tip that you can offer to any future business owners in regards to entrepreneurship and running your own business?
A. Meet as many people as you can, don’t be afraid to ask for the things you want and no matter what keep going.

Q. If you could offer one piece of advice to high school Marissa about grown up Marissa, what would you say?
A. I would say stop wearing baggy pants and Paul Frank t-shirts.

Q. What is your all time favourite inspirational quote?
A. “I always say: these should have been balls not boobs” - Caroline Stanbury


Photo: Nadine Nevitt
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