Second Life Podcast: Karen Young


Young has nailed every part of the storytelling experience—something she attributes to her days working in fashion for designers like Dolce & Gabbana and Japanese denim brand Evisu. Young also isn’t a first-time entrepreneur. She learned the hard way how difficult building a brand is back in 2012 with her own home interiors line. After a successful four-year run, she didn’t have enough access to capital to keep up with the growing demand for inventory, and she made the difficult decision to walk away from the brand—with some invaluable business knowledge. “Being an entrepreneur is like getting an MBA 10 times over,” says Young. Next, she spent five years in packaging operations at Estée Lauder, where she found out just how many silent intricacies go into creating the boxes, seals, and bottles of our favorite beauty products. Eventually, in 2014, she was…

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