Mollyhopp

Fitness comes in different sizes

International Shipping! — September 20, 2016
The Art of Letting Go — September 13, 2016

The Art of Letting Go

One year ago Mollyhopp was not even a thought on the horizon. I was working in a very different industry, spending most of my time in sales, training and support 0f marketing software for multinational corporations. It’s more fun than it sounds, I promise. But between working too much, and not working out at all, my body was being terribly abused and neglected. While packing for a business trip I realised that none of my clothes fit.

Fortunately I was headed for New York, which is  probably my favorite shopping destination. Not for the service or ambience, but for the abundance of clothes in my size. A trip to Macy’s plus size department later, and I was feeling pretty good about myself and my new Calvin Klein business suit. It fit perfectly, and made me feel less like an ogre and more like a business woman again. Isn’t it amazing how what we see in the mirror can change the way we feel, and the way we feel changes our perception of the mirror image?

Finally, for the first time since my youngest was born, I felt like myself again.

Fast forward to today. I have all but left the corporate world. Nowadays, working out is part of my job. My own exercise inspires the designs in Mollyhopp, and every garment and item is tested and tested again in the yoga studio, the park, and on the treadmill.

My gorgeous, superwoman business suit has been worn exactly three times (once with the pants, twice with the skirt), and though I am not working out to lose weight, running has melted away my breasts, so the jacket hangs sadly from my shoulders.

A few hours ago I saw a post on Facebook about Image Mission, a local charity that empowers men and women to gain economic freedom. They need plus size business clothes that can be worn for job interviews. I have those clothes. I don’t need them. They don’t look good on me any more. Still, taking the decision to donate them is tearing me apart.

What if Mollyhopp fails, and I need to return to the corporate world soon? What if I return to my sedentary life and all the clothes I’m keeping will become to small for me? What if my boobs suddenly balloon back, and I’ll fill the clothes perfectly again? What if, what if, what if my power and self worth are woven in the fabric of my work suits, dresses and cardigans? What if I need to go to an interview myself? Who will I be? Who do I think I am?

I could pump out dozens more questions like these, questioning myself and the future. But I’m not. I called up Image Mission, I’m dropping off a massive bag of clothes tomorrow. I’m praying that they will help somebody else feel like a corporate super woman. And I’m closing that chapter of my life.

Now I’m just Linn. Designer, founder, and non-corporate CEO of Mollyhopp. Linn, who spends a part of every day in  active wear, and the rest of my time in comfy summer clothes. An older Linn and younger Linn at once. A Linn that may look out of place in conference rooms, but more at home in herself.

Don’t be afraid to be afraid. You can only be brave if you do something you fear. A lot of times we need to hold on, but every once in a while, we have to let go. Be brave.

xoxo
Linn

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The Warrior II — September 1, 2016

The Warrior II

I think my favourite person in the world right now is the DHL driver who delivers in our area. This afternoon he brought a huge box, tightly taped and wrapped in a sleeve of yellow and red plastic. I swear, it feels Christmas every time he rings the doorbell. Today he brought our yoga socks; the first actual batch of merchandise that’s not a sample or a prototype! I felt like popping open a bottle of champagne to celebrate, but instead booked the first available class at my yoga studio, and skipped dinner with the family to give them a test run.

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Making gear for curvy chicks, socks have been our biggest challenge so far. It’s so important that they don’t cut off any circulation, but still stay in place and fit well. Wearing the wrong sock is even worse than not wearing any socks at all.

To match our first collection of yoga pants, the socks come in hot pink and black. I grabbed a pink pair, and set off.

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I joined a Hatha class where we focused on the Warrior II pose.  Nah, I didn’t get any pictures in class (was busy bending and stretching lah), but this is what we were striving to perfect:

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This is the confession part of today’s post: If you weigh as much as I do, you have to fight quite a bit of gravity in yoga poses where your legs are spread far apart. Especially if your hip joints think they’re more flexible than they really are. I’d normally spend equal amounts of energy trying to hold the pose, and trying to prevent myself from going into a split.

Guess what: Today I could give 100% on perfecting the pose! The gripping socks made all the difference. I didn’t slip at all, and the naked toes let me spread out for balance. I’m so very excited to be adding these socks to mollyhopp.com. I LOVE them, and hope you will too.

xoxo
Linn

 

 

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Sneak Peek — July 18, 2016

Sneak Peek


Starting a business is a lot like having a baby. It can take more or less assistance to get started, there is lots of planning and dreaming involved. Sometimes everything feels meant to be, at other times it’s terrifying and you ask yourself what you have gotten into. 

With that analogy, Mollyhopp’s in the pregnancy phase now. Names have been chosen, the nursery is prepared. Now what we do is wait. Wait and watch, wait and monitor. 

And fortunately we get the occasional ‘ultrasound’ picture sent to us from the factory. They’re taken for monitoring purposes, to let us double and triple check details before mass production starts. Like ultrasound technicians we zoom in, measure, and focus on every curve and fade. When we’re done tearing it apart, we switch into parent mode, print the pictures and proudly stick them on our fridge. 

We’re getting closer to delivery. And as you know, that’s when the real fun starts!