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UP070: Xena Workwear // stylish steel-toe shoes designed for women

UP070: Xena Workwear // stylish steel-toe shoes designed for women

Update: 2020-04-22
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Interview begins: 7:50
Debrief begins: 43:06
Anastasia Kraft is the founder and CEO of Xena Workwear.
Xena Workwear is a footwear and soon-to-be apparel company dedicated to designing stylish and safe apparel for women in STEM. Based in Milwuakee, Xena Workwear's first products launched less than a year ago, and since then, they already have impressive supporters and plan to soon expand their apparel to include other items.
Originally from Kazhakstan and Germany, Anastasia first realized her business idea while working in project management manufacturing, where she noticed a disconnect between the professionalism of the women in STEM and the safety apparel they had to wear. In today's interview, Anastasia details not only the process of creating a shoe but also her frustration with the inequity between women's and men's safety apparel.
We discuss:

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  • Growing up abroad and moving to America (8:00 )

  • Experience at Caterpillar and consulting (14:49 )

  • Inspiration for Xena Workwear (17:58 )

  • Designing a shoe (20:49 )

  • Decision to start a company (21:58 )

  • Safety apparel standards and certifications (24:20 )

  • Manufacturing process (27:29 )

  • Xena's team (31:23 )

  • Direct-to-consumer vs. b2b strategies (34:19 )

  • Unequal standards in women's vs. men's safety apparel (39:53 )

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UP070: Xena Workwear // stylish steel-toe shoes designed for women

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