LaLaScoop: Interview with Kym Gold


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Dear friends,

This week I’d like to share with you my interview with LaLaScoop, a great website that has all the info on what’s hip in Los Angeles. Thank you so much to Melissa Curtin, it was a pleasure getting to know you and talking about my new book!

After making $50,000 a month selling T-shirts at a very young age at various spots in Los Angeles starting with the Venice Boardwalk, True Religion jeans co-founder Kym Gold recounts her hardships both personally and professionally, while sharing with us how to rock the world and build an empire. Her business acumen in her latest tell-all memoir Gold Standard reveals her shocking business journey in the fashion world. Her frank and candid recounting of her childhood and relationship disappointments, show us early on setbacks didn’t hold her down.


Finish reading my interview with LaLaScoop by clicking the link below:

Interview with Kym Gold: “Women in Business” from Fashion Times

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Thank you Fashion Times.  This was a pleasure to do!

From Fashion Times:

Kym Gold co-founded True Religion Brand Jeans in 2002 with her then-husband Jeff Lubell.

While the designer denim brand’s popularity skyrocketed, Gold’s marriage fell apart. She’s stayed quiet for years, but now, the fashionable businesswoman has decided to open up about her time at True Religion, her failed marriage and how the two are related in a forthcoming book called “Gold Standard: How to Rock the World and Run an Empire,” which is slated to be released next month.

In the book, Gold discusses everything from her first fashion job selling old T-shirts on a beach to how she feels she was pushed out of a company she helped create (Gold left True Religion in 2007, the same year she was served divorce papers by her husband).

In a recent interview with Gold, which you can read in full below, we asked the business woman what she learned while at True Religion, why her new book is a must-read, what advice she has for working women and much more.

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Kym Gold on NBC’s “Open House”

Open House True Religion Co Founder Kym Gold Malibu Estate

NBC’s “Open House” with host Sara Gore featured my California estate on Sunday, July 26th, 2015. It was so much fun working with the show’s crew and giving them the grand tour! View a sneak peek into my home by watching the video below or on their website.

— Kym Gold

Open House: Inside The Spanish-Style Abode of True Religion Founder

We’re at the Malibu beach house of Kym Gold, co-founder of jeans brand True Religion. Her estate features breathtaking ocean views, bright interiors and just the right amount of designer touches. This episode of Open House was hosted at 560 W 24th St., New York.

Watch the video here.

Phoenix Fashion Week: Designer Boot Camp

Last night’s Designer Boot Camp for Phoenix Fashion Week was an amazing experience! Not only was I able to mentor and teach  these amazing new designers in person, but I learned about them too. These upcoming fashion designers are willing to go the distance, willing to learn, and willing to become the best that they can possibly be. It is so thrilling to see the excitement, love, and dedication that is necessary to grow a successful fashion brand. I hope that everyone involved learned some valuable lessons from my Designer Boot Camp, and I look forward to seeing everybody flourish in their abilities!

If there is one lesson I want you to remember from me, it’s “Never settle for a no, always look for a yes.”

Below are some photos of the event:

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True Religion Co Founder Kym Gold with Fashion Designer

True Religion Co Founder Kym Gold with Fashion Designers

True Religion Kym Gold Giving Fashion Advice

True Religion Co Founder Kym Gold Malibu Home

Kym Gold Designer Boot Camp for Phoenix Fashion Week

Kym Gold Designer Boot Camp Phoenix Fashion Week

Kym Gold with Fashion Designers Phoenix fashion Week

True Religion Co Founder Kym Gold Fashion Designer Boot Camp

Excerpt from my new book, Gold Standard

book jacket smallHello! Today I would like to share with you an excerpt from my new book, GOLD STANDARD: How to Rock the World and Run an Empire. I’m so excited for its release in September 2015 with Skyhorse Publishing that I couldn’t wait to share a piece of it! Enjoy:

I had an idea that I would like to sell T-shirts on the boardwalk. Clothes weren’t being sold yet, so I thought I would find out who the landowner was, call him, and ask if I could rent some space.

Clothing designers sell their overages and damages, which are just slightly imperfect clothes. My idea was to buy damaged T-shirts and garment dye them my own colors and then sew material shapes on them to cover any holes.

I asked [my stepfather] George and Mom if I could borrow three hundred dollars and promised to pay them back. No doubt they assumed that day would be in the very distant future, if ever.

I went downtown to the mart where the showrooms were, having never been downtown before and certainly never alone. Up until that time, I rarely went anywhere by myself.

Terrified, I started knocking on doors. But, before they could shut the door on me, I would manage to blurt out, “Hi! Can I buy your overages or irregulars?”

Some people were nice, some shut the door on me, some were snobby, and some were downright mean. Back then people didn’t even think to sell overages and damages, so they didn’t understand my idea. Initially it was frowned upon, as their thinking was, if they’re selling to Neiman’s and Saks, they didn’t want the T-shirt found on the boardwalk for half the price. But it didn’t deter me; there was a thrill to the chase.

When I finally got someone to say “Yes” to me, I was totally intimidated by the next step, which was to rummage through their warehouse to find the T-shirts I deemed quality enough to buy. As nervous as I was, my pride kept pushing me forward. I believed in my idea.

I remember calling Mark [Burnett, my boyfriend at the time] from a payphone, saying, “I’m across the street from a dye house. I’m going to dye a bunch of T-shirts.”

He told me I was wasting my money. But I had a hunch. The T-shirts that had holes or tears, I would use a crisscross or bar tack stitching, or cut out stars, squares, and hearts from interesting fabrics to sew patches over the holes.
Mark was not the only one who said I shouldn’t sell the T-shirts—everyone thought it was a waste of my time, which just made me that much more driven. I love a challenge.

I bought the damaged T-shirts for five dollars each, put up some racks and umbrellas on the Venice boardwalk, and sold the repurposed T-shirts for twenty to thirty dollars each. By my first weekend I’d sold everything. To my stepdad’s surprise, I paid the three-hundred-dollar loan back the very next week.


Children Mending Hearts: Empathy Rocks

I had the wonderful opportunity of hosting EMPATHY ROCKS at my home this year, and the event was a fantastic success and a blast!

We had some of Hollywood’s most talented come by, including: Ambassador Nicole Avant, who was honored with the Peace Award; Pretty Little Liar’s Shay Mitchell, who was honored with the Global Citizen Award; the cast of Teen Wolf, who received the Cast of Heroes Award; and actress-singer Zendaya, who received the Empathy Rockstar Award.

EMPATHY ROCKS is an annual fundraiser from Children Mending Hearts, an organization that empowers children worldwide to find and use their voices through creative expression. Proceeds from EMPATHY ROCKS will go towards providing educational programs teaching the importance of empathy and global citizenry to at-risk kids.

The event may be over, but that doesn’t mean the good that Children Mending Hearts does is! You can also donate to the organization here. Below are photos from the event:

Randy & I with my new book, GOLD STANDARD!

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Chad Lowe & I. Image courtesy of Malibu 90625.

Sara Weinstock, Randy Jackson & I.

Zendaya and I on the Children Mending Hearts red carpet!

Me with photographer Jim Jordan, Local Malibu Editor-in-Chief Cece Woods, and actor Nikolay Koltsov.

Pretty Little Liars Shay Mitchell & Lucy Hale attended! Image courtsey of The Local Malibu.

Shay Mitchell and Randy Jackson. Image courtesy of The Local Malibu!

Zendaya, who was honored at Empathy Rocks, speaking at the event. Image courtesey of Malibu 90625.