Everyone at Stitch Fix loves your style. It’s literally, “we’ll have what Lisa’s having” every day of the week. Tell us what inspires you to do what you do?
“I knew I was destined for the fashion/retail world when I got my first job at Nordstrom. I would’ve literally worked for free—as long as the discount was intact. I truly love all things design-related. I think fashion is more than just what you wear…it’s the way you live. I’m inspired by all of it—architecture, the great indoors, the great outdoors and of course, the great pieces in your closet.“
Snapshot of a Day
But first, coffee.
“I knew I was wired to be an early riser, but that really came into focus when I had my kids. I realized then, the only “me” time I would get was when it wasn’t their time, aka, very early in the morning. I’ve learned to love it.”
4:00-4:30 am: Alarm. Pretty certain my snooze button is broken. French press coffee on the brain.
5:30am: I love an early workout! Also, it really is my only window.
6:30am: Back at home, wake the troops, get ready for work and we try to all have breakfast together. I’m usually bus-bound by 8 am.
9:00am: My days are full of meetings, problem-solving and basically always working on new ways to make sure that when our clients open their Fix, it’s exactly what they’d hoped for. That to me, is a dream day. I leave tired but exhilarated. Productivity is my currency.
6:00pm: Head home where I’m met by my husband, Garin, two boys (Holden, 11 and Tucker, 14) and generally some form of a sports event—usually a basketball or baseball game.. and Brody the dog (age undisclosed).
8:30pm: We’re a big “family dinner family” so our time together gathered around the table is where things get good. Sharing stories about the day’s highs and lows never disappoints.
10:00pm: I’m an early riser so I’m also an early-to-bed girl. Our lights are out by 10—at the latest!
AND SO IT BEGINS
Tell us about a typical day for you at Stitch Fix.
“There’s nothing really typical about my day(s) which keeps me on my toes. I’m surrounded by amazing people solving problems, talking about new challenges and brainstorming ways to be better—the BEST—for our clients. There’s nothing better than sitting in a buying meeting and imagining how she’ll feel when she tries a brand for the first time, reaches for a color she’s never considered or slips into jeans that fit like a dream. My goal, at the end of the day, is to create that “wow” moment when you open your Fix. If you’re dreaming about your next Fix…then I’ve done my job well.”
THOSE THREE LITTLE WORDS
Is it possible to boil your day down to three words?
“Not really (lol), but here goes…”
Curiosity: Every day I wake up curious. We learn so much every day, every week and every month about our clients and how they are responding to the product we style them with. There is nothing better than getting Fix feedback. It’s super addicting actually.
Possibility: At Stitch Fix, we’ve barely scratched the surface and ultimately, that’s just so exciting. We are only six years in and I can’t imagine what the next six will hold – yet I totally can. That’s where the “possibilities are endless” thing comes in.
Energy: I am motivated every day by the energy of this company and people around me. Ask my husband…I actually love to get up and go every morning. And my french press coffee certainly doesn’t hurt.
On Life & Career
The road less traveled.
“On the work front, it sounds trite, yet it’s so true for me—do what you love. I have never in my career felt like I was going to work. I have also taken many twists and turns that were unconventional, but in the end, worked for me. I would always encourage people to take what might seem like risks for the opportunity to grow and to learn and expand into new possibilities. It’s what I’ll teach my kids.”
Dress for the moment … every moment.
“I am a planner by nature but I actually never know how I’m going to dress until I’m in the moment—inspired by whatever I’m feeling at that time; amazing street style, an image I saw online, a look I thought up and then recreated. My style inspiration comes in many forms and can change quite a lot from one day to the next. But seriously, when I walk into my closet every morning I’m really tapping into whatever feels right in that moment. Sometimes even I don’t know what I’m going to walk out wearing. It can be so fun…or so time-consuming. LOL. In terms of my look, I’d say it’s modern. I don’t get too tricky and I tend to like more pared down, contemporary looks.”
We want all your bling!
“The jewelry I wear has a story—a history. I have a few bracelets that I wear literally every single day and they each kind of have a unique reason for being there. They’ve sort of earned a spot on my wrist. I think accessories are an important addition to any look. They change what you’re wearing from an outfit—to YOUR outfit.“
A Little More About Lisa …
1. A sunny beach is my ideal place to recharge.
2. I’m a french press, green juice, hot sauce, tequila kind of girl. It’s all about mixing it up.
3. Exercise is my jam and it’s vital to me feeling my best. Even if it has to happen before the sun wakes up.
4. I’ve got a major case of wanderlust and have been fortunate to live in amazing places including, Amsterdam,
Milan, Santa Barbara and the San Francisco Bay Area.
5. My family is my everything. They make me laugh and make all the hard work feel worthwhile.
6. I really love my job.
Lisa Bougie has been with Stitch Fix for nearly 4 years and is our General Manager, Stitch Fix Women. She leads our Buying, Planning and Sourcing teams and is ultimately responsible for product excellence. She is passionate about keeping our clients at the heart of every product decision and believes that we are only as good as the way that we make our clients feel.