Business with your bestie: katia + Vera of Nimble activewear

Business with your bestie: katia + Vera of Nimble activewear
Business with your bestie: katia + Vera of Nimble activewear
Business with your bestie: katia + Vera of Nimble activewear

Sitting pretty on Gould Street in Bondi, is the Nimble Activewear flagship store. A warm and friendly shopping destination that specialises in dreamy activewear that is as beautiful as it is functional. We were lucky enough to work with Vera and Katia on their website and jumped at the chance to visit them in store. Read on as we  catch up on all things Nimble and learn the tricks to running a successful business with your bestie: 

  1. HOW DO YOU TAKE YOUR COFFEE
    Vera + Katia: Strong soy FW.
  2. WHAT DO PEOPLE THINK YOU DO?
    Vera + Katia: Drink green juice in our activewear and hang out on Instagram.
Business with your bestie: katia + Vera of Nimble activewear
Business with your bestie: katia + Vera of Nimble activewear
Business with your bestie: katia + Vera of Nimble activewear
Business with your bestie: katia + Vera of Nimble activewear
  1. WHAT DO YOU ACTUALLY DO?
    Vera: It can really differ day to day but most days it is pretty similar to most other people – lots of emails, phone calls and meetings.
    Katia: We are so lucky to have an amazing team who are just as passionate about the brand and what we do as we are so our days are filled with lots of brainstorming, workshopping and most importantly, lots of laughter!
  2. THE BIGGEST LESSON YOU’VE LEARNT FROM BEING IN BUSINESS WITH YOUR BESTIE? 
    Vera: How important it is to have effective communication and that it is always best to address any issues as and when they come up – we have become really good at working through any differences, and trying to see things from each other’s point of view.
  3. YOU’VE BEEN BEST FRIENDS SINCE HIGH SCHOOL, WHAT’S THE EARLIEST MEMORY THAT YOU HAVE OF YOUR FRIENDSHIP? 
    Vera: I have a vivid memory of Katia and I in swim class in Year 8. She had just arrived at our school and we were paired together in swim class – it was a class on survival strokes and I was so terrible that I kept losing the kick-board as I jumped into the pool! So Katia took one for the team and did my laps for me – friends for life after that 🙂
Business with your bestie: katia + Vera of Nimble activewear

I have a vivid memory of Katia and I in swim class in Year 8. She had just arrived to our school and we were paired together in swim class.”

  1. TELL US ABOUT YOUR DYNAMIC AND HOW YOU TWO MAKE IT WORK TOGETHER?
    Katia: We understand each other really well and also have a very similar vision for the business which helps ensure a harmonious office. We bring fairly different skill sets to the business which works incredibly well, and we also love to bounce ideas off each other and to challenge the other so we are constantly also learning from each other which is great.
  2. BEST PIECE OF ADVICE FOR SOMEONE LOOKING TO START A BIZ WITH THEIR BESTIE? 
    Katia: Understand how the other person deals with conflict – as besties and business partners, there are bound to be disagreements and conflicts from time to time so make sure you both know how the other deals with any bumps in the road so that you can work together effectively through those.
Business with your bestie: katia + Vera of Nimble activewear
Business with your bestie: katia + Vera of Nimble activewear
Business with your bestie: katia + Vera of Nimble activewear
  1. THREE BUSINESS WOMEN WHO INSPIRE YOU?
    Angela Ahrendts
    Aimee Marks – founder of TOM Organic
    Libby Babet – Founder of BUF Girls + AGOGA
  2. WHAT’S NEXT FOR YOU AND THE NIMBLE BRAND?
    We have been working really hard on developing our fabrics and incorporating new technologies and features as well as a move over to more sustainable fabrics – all of our best-seller LAUREN ⅞ tights are now made with a fabric that is 79% recycled PET (read: melted down plastic bottles!) so stay tuned for more advancements in this space! We are also really excited about our upcoming projects with Human Kind Project and i=Change to support the amazing work that both organisations do to make the world a better place for those less fortunate than ourselves.
  3. TAKE US ON A TOUR OF BONDI – WHAT ARE YOUR TOP FIVE LOCAL HAUNTS AND WHY? 
    Cali Press – our go-to morning coffee spot.
    Bills – our fave for meetings and a healthy dinner for those late nights at work.
    Siam Cabana – hands down best massages going round.
    Drake – love the vibe of this place and their gnocchi, cheese boards and desserts are to die for!
    Vida Surf Cafe – fave spot to hang out in summer + love their smoothie bowls.

Photos by Kendall Hubbard.

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