What’s your business, what makes it special?
In 2006 we started Printfresh Studio which is a textile design studio providing artwork for fashion companies throughout the world. We work with everyone from Michael Kors to BCBG to Sears and Kohls. We create are the prints that go on women’s fashion. What makes our company special are all of the amazingly creative and talented people who I get to work with every single day. We pride ourselves on the culture that we built over the last 10 years which has made Printfresh Studio a destination company for designers from all over the world. In 2017 we launched two new businesses, Printfresh a stationery line and Voloshin an ethically manufactured bohemian fashion line.
What is the history or background of this business, why did you start it?
My wife Amy, went to school for textiles at RISD (Rhode Island School of Design) and upon completion went to work at Urban Outfitters Inc designing clothing for Free People and Urban. Every few weeks a textile design vendor would come in and show the most beautiful collection of prints and that seemed like the coolest thing to her. After several years at Urban she had the opportunity to go work at another textile design studio in NYC but after a short while there, she realized that she really wanted to strike out on her own and be back in Philly.
I was born in Kiev Ukraine and emigrated to the US with my parents when I was 8, we arrived with $700 for a family of 5. My parents worked hard and got good jobs as computer programmers and I followed in their footsteps landing a job right out of college in corporate america. However, I knew that I always wanted to be my own boss, so when Amy started talking about starting this business I jumped on board.
We set out to create a company that would provide opportunity in our community for creatives to come together. We’re grateful for the success we’ve had over the last few years and have been recognized by the Philly 100 as well as the ICIC 100 as one of the fastest growing inner city businesses in the US.
After 10 years we got the itch to see what else we could do with our expertise in pattern design. And now we have these two great new businesses.
Why did you join EO?
I joined EO in 2010 so that I could be in a community of peers who share the same passion as I do for growing great businesses. I had a lot to learn and I still learn every month from my amazing forum.
What has been the greatest impact on your life since joining EO?
The biggest impact has been the takeaways I get from going to my forum meetings. I am able to talk about the things that are most important to me in a safe environment and I learn from the wealth of experience that is in my forum. As a result our business has continued to grow, doubling in the last 3 years, and I have become a better leader, father and husband.
What would you tell others who are considering joining EO?
There is no better community of entrepreneurs led by entrepreneurs in the world. The quality and variety of events (including once-in-a-lifetime wow experiences) is something unmatched anywhere and I get 1-2 amazing takeaways every single time. When I lookout and consider our chapter’s events with the regional (NERVE), national (MIT EMP) and global (EO University) opportunities I really feel amazingly lucky to be a part of such an exceptional group of leaders.