This week I am introducing you all to Erin Kleinberg. She is the CEO of Metier, co-founder of The Coveteur, founder of Erin Kleinberg INC and most recently the founder + CEO of Sidia the brand.
1. What made you decide to start this business
The idea of SIDIA had been brewing for a long time. I had a clothing line many moons ago and was itching to get back into something similar- but somewhat more elevated and utilizing all of the business learnings I've had thus far. This past March, the world really flipped in a way I couldn’t ever imagine. My grandmother, Sidia, passed away after a long battle with cancer, and a week after that - the world literally shut down from COVID-19.
The timing of launching this brand felt right for a lot of reasons: I needed a way to cope with my grief around the loss of Sidia, and what better way to do so then to live her legacy through storytelling; her tale of being a Holocaust survivor and immigrant building a life for herself in Canada, and the stories of so many other women (that have either never been told, or need to be retold) to help future generations live our fullest lives.
This is all the while creating products that felt natural for the time we were in - comfortable, chic, and confident pieces that allowed for effortless living in a time that is anything but.
2. Where do you see yourself in 5 years
As a 40-year-old woman! Mom of a 10-year-old! I will be running SIDIA which will have blossomed into a full-on lifestyle brand with multiple categories, the most disruptive collaborations, and continuing to change women’s lives by offering them the beauty of simplicity, ease, and support.
3. What is your favourite and least favourite part of the job
Along with creating amazing products, one of the highlights of my job is working with my team. The team to me is everything. My creativity flourishes when I am surrounded by brilliant folks collaborating on what could be the next big ad campaign or the next style for SIDIA that could be worn by women everywhere. At the end of the day that is the majority of the reason, I do what I do! My least favourite? Not having enough hours in the day! Between being an entrepreneur to two businesses and a mom to two kids, there is never really enough time for me. It's a work in progress though!
4. What is your biggest challenge
Turning my brain off. It runs wild at all times, but my body and heart, and soul need rest and downtime. I'm carefully crafting this balance each day.
5. Advice for someone wanting to start their own business
Fake it till you make it sometimes. Know what you are doing and why you are doing it – your USP, the void in the market, and then eat, sleep, breathe, live your project, cause if you aren’t going to pimp it out, who will? Know that it takes a village. The day you plant the seed is not the day you enjoy the fruit. Embrace the failures and take the opportunity in every crisis. Celebrate the wins! Listen to your teammates and work together to change the world. Think Big, but start small. In due time, you’ll get there!
I used to live by the mantra of wanting overnight successes, and there was a time where this came true for me to an extent, but now I’m caught up in the process of slow growth, laying the foundational groundwork for the success to come, putting in the time, and cherishing the value of letting things marinate.
Check out Sidia the brand on instagram
When I came across Sidia the brand I was so excited that Erin had launched another company. She basically has turned three of her passion projects into businesses.
I think it is amazing how she took her grief of losing her grandmother and turned it into something memorable. "A celebration of the power of story, how they become legacy, and make and mold complex women across cultures, backgrounds, races, shapes, sizes and experiences. Our stories are plural, but our viewpoint is singular." This statement is what made me want to look into this brand more. It is important to to me that she is creating something for everyone.
Also, everything is made in NYC & Toronto so they are keeping it somewhat local. Since it is a new brand they are still doing their best to be sustainable and are searching for ways to do that. They use 95% bamboo on their sets and all products are OEKO Tex Certified. This means the products have been tested and are not harmful by human ecological terms, The brand sells out fast. From when I first interviewed her until now, they only have three options left on the site. Hopefully when they do restocks or come out with more, I can get my hands on one of the sets.