You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.
In 2013, founder and designer of Persu Collection, Stephanie Su, was hauling her fitness gear from work to her boxing and dance classes, when she realized the need for a functional yet chic athletic bag – one that could hold all her fitness accessories, work essentials, and fit in at the office. Struggling to find a bag that could fit all her active life needs, and influenced by her experience working for luxury fashion house Louis Vuitton, Stephanie decided to design her own ultimate athletic bag - one that had the sleek looks of a weekender, but the durability and functionality of a gear-heavy fitness equipment bag. In 2015, Stephanie launched her innovative bags, called Persu Collection, on Kickstarter and raised over $90,000 in just 43 days. The following year, Stephanie was selected along with 4 other companies to participate in the Downtown Los Angeles fashion tech accelerator GRID110 in partnership with Mayor Garcetti. Since then, Stephanie’s highly functional and sleek bags have been featured in Forbes, SELF, Brit + Co, and Marie Claire. Today, Stephanie continues to run Persu Collection as a solo female founder, using her skills learned from years of experience in marketing, operations, and sales in companies including CNN, Cartoon Network / [adult swim], and Louis Vuitton, in addition to extensive self-training through General Assembly workshops and online courses. Throughout all the hustle and daily grind of her entrepreneurship journey, Stephanie continues to set aside nuggets of time to recharge and stay active through her love of boxing, pole dance, and constantly trying new experiences in all the cities she travels to!