Denim Repair Company Can Save Your Favorite Pair of Jeans
Joanna Gagis sits down with Eric and Jill Goldstein, Co-Founders of DenimRepair.com, to learn about Eric’s decades of work with denim at Ralph Lauren, Gap, and his own Jean Shop, and why the couple saw the need for a unique denim repair company.
"Welcome to Life & Living. I'm Joanna Gagis. It's not easy, but when you find the right fit, you can feel it. It's like you were made for each other. And then that perfect pair of jeans rips, and it's devastating. Well, Eric and Jill Goldstein are here to the rescue. They're the founders of DenimRepair.com. Welcome to the program. Thank you. Thank you for having us. Thank you for having us. You thought I was going somewhere different with that, didn't you? [laughter] But we have an interesting story that we'll get to later about how the two of you met. And really were the perfect fit for each other. But first let's talk jeans. Absolutely. Eric, you've had an incredible career as a fashion designer. Talk about what you've done in your career? I started off out of college. I went to a school called Philadelphia College of Textiles & Science, studying how to make a product, and production, and so on, and so forth. And I went to Ralph Lauren, I was recruited right out of college. And I started the brand Double RL, which is still an active brand with Ralph Lauren. That's an incredible first job. It's a great first job. Yeah. And I worked personally with Ralph. As a 23 year old kid that pretty much knew nothing at that point. It was pretty... I was green. [laughter] What were some of the foundational principles that you learned, not just about fashion design, but about jeans? Quality. Be passionate about it, and make the best product you can. And that's what Ralph always insisted on. Is that the best quality you could put out there? Is that the best product we could put out there? So you learned, really, how to launch a product, right? Double RL was the line that you worked on. You really launched that line. Yeah. From inception to... yeah. To in store. How challenging was that? It was tremendously challenging. You know, we had a big company behind us, but it was Ralph saying, "I have a vision." "I want to do a vintage inspired line. And that's it. We didn't have a name for it or anything. Okay so, fast forward. You go next to The Gap? To The Gap. Spent 11 years at The Gap doing design and product development. Traveling around the world, around... you know, all around the globe to denim mills, laundries, all different facilities. All having to do with denim. Or leather. I do a lot of work on leather as well. So Bicoastal had an office in San Francisco as well as New York. I spent a tremendous amount..."