#HELPSYLuvsBosses Valentines Day Series Part 1: Yana and Ian From Moth Oddities
/ By Rachel Kibbe
For Valentines day we've decided to feature one of things we find most impressive in life -- couples who do business together. Boss couples. Boss couples building empires! Because love is hard and it's really put to the test with work thrown in the mix. Our hats go off to these power couples who are getting it done, together. Yay love and teamwork! (as I look to my cat #EmiliaPucci and say, 'Go team!')
First up are Ian and Yana of Moth Oddities of Minneapolis! This powerhouse and genuinely loving couple, run a highly curated vintage/recycled clothing and art e-store. We love their quirky selection of ethical fashion and art goods and the fact that they are making ethical fashion cool in the Midwest! Their love story also makes us tear up a bit. So there's that.
How did you and your boss meet?
We met in college during our intro Graphic Design classes. We both attended the University of Minnesota.
What attracted you to each other?
Yana: Ian was (read: is) an incredibly caring, devoted, encouraging, genuine, and understanding guy. During college, I skipped class a lot but sometimes (read: many times) I would just show up to see him and be around him. We were friends and classmates for four years before we started dating and his presence has always had a huge impact on my life. He has made me appreciate things that I would normally grump about or dismiss. Ian inspires me, challenges me, and makes me happy and grateful every day.
Ian: We met in school and I was attracted to Yana because of how mysterious she was to me. I couldn't quite place what it was about her. She was beautiful and quiet, but when she spoke it was always a meaningful thought she had been been considering for a while. We quickly became friends after meeting each other and I realized over time my attraction went much deeper than just a friendship.
What did you build together?
Together we started Moth Oddities, an online shop based in Minneapolis, MN that offers a variety of items from vintage/recycled clothing to local art. We highlight the cultural, style, and creative trends of the Midwest.
How do your working styles compliment each other?
Yana: Ian has TONS of energy and is constantly throwing around new concepts and ideas, sketching, painting and buzzing with creativity I funnel all the information and plan, analyze, and organize so that everything gets completed. It works quite well actually! Creating Moth Oddities together has stretched us creatively in ways we would have never expected. Every step is exciting.
What's the hardest part of working together?
Ian: Yana can be way more focused at singular tasks, where I tend to seek out multiple things to do at once. I cannot sit still and she will remain calm and curled up wherever she is until the task is complete. This can be quite comical when we are working in tandem and get frustrated with one another and then just end of laughing. We realize we have very different approaches to similar problems, but we can usually find a way to make it work.
What's the most rewarding part of working together?
Ian: It is rewarding to meet your match in someone you work with and even more rewarding to also be dating that person. Every day we have the mentality to get up and make something new together. We tend to always be thinking big and we challenge each other to be better people and designers.
If you could dress as twins from our Androgyny section-- what would you wear?
Woah - love the collection! Here's our ideal Androgyny twin outfit: