We had the good fortune of connecting with Kari Vettese and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Kari, what is the most important factor behind your success?
I feel the most important factor behind success, in anything, is originality. Originality or authenticity can only arise when you are connected to yourself; it is an act of honesty and I believe this is the main ingredient to success. I believe it is important to be in love with the ideas you are presenting to the world and to not worry if everyone else will be in love with them as much as making sure you are. If you are honest with yourself, everything else follows in line.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I created Marilyn Hatten with the idea in mind to invent this woman of my imagination that I felt was lacking in the fashion world. Marilyn Hatten is inspired by much of my own life and where I come from. I’m a first generation American, and my family is from Italy. I feel that there needed to be designs that would draw from classic beauty and being one’s own true self while still feeling sexy in their own skin. So much of these values, I feel, have been erased from fashion in recent times. Marilyn Hatten is home to the original Pant-to-Short Suits for both men and women, based on a men’s sizing chart for an oversized sexy women’s fit. Marilyn Hatten is the “masculine-feminine” of our generation – She can do it all. I created Marilyn and she created my dreams into reality- as an artist and creative; I am very proud of our accomplishments, as a team, and we are opening our flagship location in Los Ángeles on Melrose Ave this fall 2021. Of course it has not always been an easy journey to this point- but as I mentioned, I feel that acting in authenticity and honesty, you can achieve anything you set your mind to.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
San Diego is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful places in the world! I personally love Mission Bay! The hotels, the scenery, the water, everything! It’s a gorgeous place to relax, recharge and experience life’s beauty. Another place I’d show off is Coronado and the legendary Hotel Del; the history is absolutely unique and impressive to still be a main place of attraction after 133 years! I love the old classics, and the appreciation for vintage – Hotel Del is just that. Another of my favorites is Old Town. The food is exceptional and the environment has so much history and uniqueness – there’s no way you wouldn’t fall in love. I can go on and on, because San Diego is like no other!

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My entire team. From my parents and small circle, to my work family and everyone standing behind Marilyn Hatten. Each person is important to me and to the brand’s success. It really is true when they say “it takes a village” – it’s an honest statement to say that I wouldn’t be where I am without each and every one of them along the way.

Website: Marilynhatten.com

Instagram: Marilynhatten

Facebook: Facebook.com/marilynhattenbrand

Youtube: Marilyn Hatten

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