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Can I Laugh On Your Shoulder?

Oct 12, 2022

My guest this week is Bethany Tran, Founder + CEO of The Root Collective. She is an accidental entrepreneur who believes passionately in the power of business and consumers to change the world and make it a better place.

Her mission is to build a better future through retail, and she believes that jobs can change the world. This is Bethany’s second time on the show.

5:37 – Bethany 201

  • Her business is almost 9 years old.
  • The pandemic has caused some struggles, but they made changes to keep their business strong.

8:30 – What makes The Root Collective different?

  • They work with small batch makers in Guatemala.
  • Most people there have a job, but they don’t make enough money to put food on the table.
  • Bethany has no background in shoes or product development, but she had experience in marketing.
  • The company launched in 2013.

11:56 – A growing business

  • I was a model for one of Bethany’s earliest shoots. It’s been a joy to watch the business grow.

14:00 – How the pandemic has affected the company

  • 2020 was supposed to be the year they focused on pop ups. But no one was leaving the house because of the pandemic.
  • One of the killers with being in retail is holding inventory.

23:32 – Ethical fashion continues to grow

  • There’s a big movement toward ethical fashion.
  • Consumers are becoming more aware.
  • Women are the most powerful people in the world, because they control 85% of the household budgets.

42:04 – Get to know you

  • Memorable moment from past year? People pouring into her popup shop.
  • Strangest pet peeve? When people misused phrases, like “I could care less” instead of “I couldn’t care less.”


People don’t want to wait. We’re used to Amazon. It’s the fast-food mentality. But the slow fashion movement is becoming more popular.

We need to slow down. We’re going at an insanely fast pace, and it’s not good.

One of the best pieces of business advice I got was – you have to pick one thing.

One of the killers with being in retail is holding inventory.

Thank you to our partners of the show!

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