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BLOWFISH MALIBU SPOTLIGHT: AARON WARE

Get to know one of our Customer Service Reps at Blowfish Malibu, Aaron Ware.

Thanks for taking the time to meet with us, Aaron! We’re excited to learn more about your role at Blowfish Malibu, what inspires you, and what excites you about the future with the brand.

Read on to learn more about Aaron:

Tell us about your role at Blowfish Malibu.

I work in Sales and Customer Service. I work alongside sales rep Henry Colominas, who is responsible for the southeast region of the United States. I am responsible for placing orders and making sure orders are shipped in a timely manner.  In addition to working with Henry, I take phone calls from customers. Customers will call in regards to placing an order and asking for line sheets with product information.  Consumers will call in regards to stores in their area that carry our brand, and they often ask me what styles do I recommend.  The most interesting part of working in Sales/Customer Service is seeing the different trends and styles for each region. Customers that live in the northern region of the US typically call for boots, whereas consumers in the southern region are all about sneakers and sandals.

What did you do previously before joining the Blowfish Malibu team?

I previously worked at K-Swiss, in the same role.

How did you get started with Blowfish Malibu?

I got started with Blowfish Malibu by a recommendation from my good friend Allie Woerner, who is a member of the Marketing team.  She thought I would be a perfect fit for the Blowfish family.

What do you like most about working in the fashion industry?

What I like most about working in the fashion industry is seeing the different trends in each region of the country.  Also, women are very unique and versatile when it comes to putting an outfit together.

What’s your favorite part of your job?

Working the Atlanta Market Show in Atlanta, GA. I really enjoy this show because it allows me to meet our customers in person, and put a name-to-face. The show also puts in perspective how successful we have been as a brand for the past 4-5 years.  Our booth at the show is consistently filled with people trying to place orders, and new customers wanting Blowfish product in their boutiques.

The Blowfish Malibu offices are in LA. What’s your favorite thing about the city?

My two favorite things about LA are the beautiful weather and the different types of restaurants.  How can you hate living in a city where the average temperature is 72 degrees? The great weather allows us to enjoy outdoor activities with friends and family. I’m biased, but I believe that LA is the food capital of America. If you wanted, you could eat at a different type of restaurant for 365 days.

Which is your favorite pair of Blowfish Malibu shoes?

The Play sneaker in Red Buffalo Check. It’s a sneaker that you can wear year-round.

What advice would you have for someone who’s trying to pursue the same career as you?

My advice would be to make sure you are passionate about your career.  At the end of the day, your happiness should be the most important.

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What was the last thing you were obsessed with?

Collecting tennis shoes. In particular, Air Jordan’s.

Where are you from and how has that shaped you?

I’m born and raised in LA. It has shaped me by being around different types of cultures, ethnicities, and meeting new people.

What’s your dream travel destination?

Istanbul, Turkey, Izmir, Turkey, and Milan, Italy.

If you could have lunch with anyone, living or dead, who would it be?

Vin Scully & Chick Hearn.

When do you feel best about yourself?

When I am able to help others in any capacity.

What’s your personal motto?

Transparency is key!

What’s a fun fact about you most people don’t know?

Two fun facts: I was the first baby born in Gardena, CA in the 1990s (birthday is on January 1, 1990 😊).

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I learn the most from: Reading books and newspaper articles. I’m a sucker for learning new information on a daily basis.
I can’t live without: My television. I can watch sports & Netflix ALL DAY!
You can find me shopping at: any of the secondhand, vintage streetwear stores in the Melrose/Fairfax area of LA.
My astrological sign is: Capricorn.
I’m scared of: Strangely enough, I am not afraid of anything.
The last book I read was: Unscripted: The Unpredictable Moments That Make Life Extraordinary, by Ernie Johnson.
Most people would say I’m: Laid-back, easy-going, social, fun to be around.
I’m currently listening to: Drake, Kendrick Lamar & Jay-Z are always my go-to’s.
My style mantra is: A vintage sports or music t-shirt from the 80’s/90’s, jeans & a pair of Jordan’s or Vans.
I feel most comfortable: relaxing on the beach and exercising.
When I woke up today I felt: happy to be alive, because tomorrow is not promised.
Most people don’t know: I attended George Washington University and played basketball there from 2008-2012.
I feel the best when: I’m hanging out with family and friends.

Thank you, Aaron! We’ll catch up with you soon.

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Blowfish Malibu Spotlight: Jacqueline Losseff

Get to know the Kids’ National Sales Rep at Blowfish Malibu, Jacqueline Losseff.

Thanks for taking the time to meet with us, Jacqueline! We’re excited to learn more about your role at Blowfish Malibu, what inspires you, and what excites you about the future with the brand. Read on to learn more about Jacqueline:

Tell us about your role at Blowfish Malibu.

I am the Kid’s National Sales Rep – which means I sell Kid’s shoes coast to coast! I’m always traveling whether it be attending tradeshows in different cities or visiting corporate offices meeting with buyers.

When did you first become interested in Sales?

I’ve always worked in sales on a retail level and have always been passionate about fashion so taking on this position came very naturally to me. Although I am new to the Kid’s industry, Blowfish Malibu Kids’ shoes are so cute – I knew I would have so much fun selling them.

What did you do previously before joining the Blowfish Malibu team?

I worked as a Sales Manager for a chain of women’s fashion boutiques. I traveled between stores overseeing each of their day to day operations, sales training, and was responsible for hiring employees.

How did you get started with Blowfish Malibu?

I got the job through LinkedIn. I was immediately interested once I read the job posting because I was familiar with the brand. Plus, I would be traveling a lot. Once Scott, the Director of Sales for the Kid’s Division, called me with the same New Jersey area code as me, I knew it was a good sign. I’ve now been with Blowfish Malibu for almost 3 years!

What creative projects at the brand have you been working on that you’re excited about? Can you tell us about them?

@BlowfishMalibuKids on Instagram! Allie in the Marketing Department runs our Social Media and has started the Kid’s page within the last few months. Currently, we’re teaming up with some of my top independent retailers who have a presence on social media and encouraging our followers on the Kids’ account to shop through them directly. This is especially important during a time like this where buying/selling has become mostly virtual.

PS: If you’re reading this, go give us a follow 🙂

What do you like most about working in the fashion industry?

I love being able to see firsthand what each department does, and what goes into making a product and building a brand. As a result, I have more appreciation for the products I buy.

What’s your favorite part of your job?

Traveling around the country has to be my favorite. I’ve visited places I otherwise wouldn’t, so I always make the most of it. Last year I went to Bozeman, Montana for a meeting, which had the most stunning mountain views. I stayed in the small downtown area and ate local grass-fed bison – it was a great experience!

The Blowfish Malibu offices are in LA. What’s your favorite thing about the city?

The weather! I love the sunshine 🙂

Which is your favorite pair of Blowfish Malibu shoes?

The Play sneaker, I have about 10 pairs. They go with everything in my closet.

What advice would you have for someone who’s trying to pursue the same career as you?

Believe in the product you’re selling! Having confidence will make it easier for you to do your job.

JUST FOR FUN

What was the last thing you were obsessed with?

Queer Eye! I’ve been binging episodes all throughout lockdown, but I still have to finish the last season.

Where are you from and how has that shaped you?

I’m from Point Pleasant, NJ which is a small beach town at the Jersey Shore. I never lose sight of who I am being from a small community, so even when I’m in big cities I seek out small businesses and local eateries to support. It gives me a sense of home.

What’s your dream travel destination?

Fiji

If you could have lunch with anyone, living or dead, who would it be?

Stevie Wonder!

When do you feel best about yourself?

In the morning after a hot yoga class and a nice big cup of coffee.

What’s your personal motto?

It’s not what you say, it’s how you say it.

What’s a fun fact about you most people don’t know?

I’m really into genealogy and working on my family tree… and my friend’s family trees haha!

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I learn the most from: Talking with people and asking a lot of questions.
I can’t live without: Chocolate!
You can find me shopping at: Zara
My astrological sign is: Aries
I’m scared of: The middle of the ocean.
The last book I read was: Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
Most people would say I’m: Positive
I’m currently listening to: Oldies music!
My style mantra is: Comfy chic
I feel most comfortable: After a bath in my bed with just cleaned sheets that are still warm.
When I woke up today I felt: Happy!
Most people don’t know: I had a Seal Point Himalayan cat when I was growing up named Miss Moppet.

Thank you, Jacqueline Losseff! We’ll catch up with you soon.

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