EP (7) Kayley Reed: Turning personal struggles into a thriving business to end the stigma around mental health

 
Kayley Reed and Kyle MacNevin: Co-founders of Wear Your Label

Kayley Reed and Kyle MacNevin: Co-founders of Wear Your Label

Imagine allowing one of your biggest inner struggles to be the catalyst for your entrepreneurial journey? And you're only 21!

Well, that's exactly what Kayley Reed and Kyle MacNevin decided to do when they met while volunteering for an organization that supports mental health awareness.

They were both University students at the time - struggling with their own mental health issues-  and were searching for a way to express what they were feeling inside, because it wasn't always easy to talk about.

And so, Wear Your Label was born from a seemingly simple idea and has grown into a well-known Canadian brand with major partnerships with national and international organizations and their vision has in turn, created a supportive and loyal community for those dealing with mental health issues.

On the surface, it may look like they just created another clothing line. But it's so much bigger than that.

Their mission is to end the stigma around mental health and create a platform in which conversations can continue without the shame or embarrassment that often follows.

In this very raw and authentic interview, Kayley doesn't try to sugar coat anything. Her life hasn't been full of sunshine and rainbows and starting a company has not been easy on her or Kyle.

She's honest about her own struggles with mental health in our interview and explains that she's learning to embrace the good with the bad and take one day at a time.

This interview will certainly prove that nothing in life is impossible when your WHY for doing something is crystal clear.

An idea can spawn a movement and create impactful change, if you are willing to put yourself out there and be vulnerable in the process.

I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did and be sure to check out their awesome products!!

Kyle MacNevin and Kayley Reed - Co-founders of Wear Your Label

Some Questions I asked:

  • What was your original vision for the company?
  • Can you elaborate on your unique design process and how you are different from other brands?
  • What is a role model, in connection to Wear Your Label and how can someone become a role model?
  • How did you guys start a clothing brand without fashion or branding experience?
  • Tell us about some of the amazing collaborations you've done over the last two years and how that's impacted you on a personal level?
  • Why is starting Wear Your Label the "best and worst decision" you've ever made for your mental health?
  • In your opinion, what steps can we take as a society to end the stigma around mental health? What still needs to be done?
  • And so much more...

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN: 

  • Why self-care isn't selfish and why it's ok not to be ok
  • What their letter writing initiative entails
  • The changes that are taking place at Wear Your Label and why they're modifying the seasons of the fashion industry
  • Why there's no such thing as an overnight success
  • How to find your own self-care practices when faced with a busy lifestyle
  • How owning your emotions will change your perspective
  • Their new collaborations
  • And a lot more...

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Edited by: James Findlay