Working Women Wednesday is a weekly feature highlighting the hard-working, wonderful women within the Girl Gang. This week’s feature is the Owner of Whiskey Island Clothing, Lisa DiBlasio.
Your Local Girl Gang: Tell us about your business. What is your mission statement? When did you launch?
Lisa DiBlasio: Founded in 2015, Whiskey Island Clothing became the first woman owned t-shirt company in the Cleveland Area. Named after the peninsula at the mouth of the Cuyahoga River at Lake Erie, this ‘Cleveland Born’ brand is creative and calculated with superior quality and innovative graphics. With an unapologetic attitude, Whiskey Island Clothing not only honors The City of Cleveland, the North Coast, and the great State of Ohio, but it also promotes self-assurance and its love for the underdog.
“Never water yourself down just because someone can’t handle you at 100 PROOF.”
YLGG: Growing up, what was your dream job?
LDB: Growing up, I always knew I wanted a creative job. I have always had a keen eye for space and color. As a kid, if I wasn’t questioning the rules or practicing my gymnastics routines, then I was probably using my creativity. I would spend entire afternoons cutting apart magazines for collages or drawing until my colored pencils were too short to sharpen. Although I didn’t know the title then, I think my dream job was a Creative Director for an advertising firm or magazine. That and a spy.
YLGG: What is the best piece of business advice you have received?
LDB: “Don’t wait for something to be perfect, launch even if you do not feel ready.
YLGG: What characteristic do you most admire in other entrepreneurial women?
LDB: The organized and articulate entrepreneurial women stand out to me. These women juggle multiple roles seamlessly. They are great networkers with a focused purpose and mindset. It’s inspiring to see these women step forward without hesitation and make a dignified presence in the business world.
YLGG: What piece of advice you would give to women starting their own businesses?
LDB: If you want something, take the chance and go for it, always.
YLGG: Have any mistakes shaped the way your run your business today?
LDB: I have made many mistakes, probably a couple even twice, but mistakes are a part of learning. Perfection is a lie and, truthfully, perfection is boring. Instead, be human and evolve. In the moment, mistakes may be tough to accept, but I have learned a lot more from my “fumbles” than any “touchdown”. (I’m excited for football season.)
Making mistakes is the best way to learn, and my mistakes ultimately shaped how I run my business today. I truly would not have it any other way. I think the biggest mistake anyone can make is not trying.
YLGG: What is something you could not go a day without?
LDB: Music. It helps me focus and create.