give the gift of learning + special announcement! :)


Happy Thursday!
At Pink Olive, we are committed to not only finding the best of the best creative products but also empowering creative entrepreneurs and emerging designers through mentorship and learning. Since it is never easy to do it on your own, our POS division was created to provide a safe space for brainstorming, thinking BIGGER and ultimately developing a business you love.So we have some exciting news to share with you all…

Beginning in January 2014, Elisabet Castillo will come on board as an associate coach. Eli, an FIT alumni and Pink Olive manager and buyer, has worked as my apprentice for six years, learning all the inner workings of running a small business. Spear heading Pink Olive’s designer consignment program, Eli has been working closely with hundreds of indie designers over the years, providing consistent feedback for improving their businesses. As a maker herself, Eli is in the know about what is happening “now” in the creative world and has a good eye for what sells at retail. We are excited to watch her help you and your future business grow!

eliGrace Kang and Elisabet Castillo at Pink Olive

In the spirit of our mission and the holiday season, we want to give future movers and shakers the gift of learning! For those of you who are ready to take the next step with your business and want to work with us, this is your time. The first 5 people to take action and sign up for our retail recipes e-workbook and DIY kit* this month will receive a gift of a 50-minute private one-on-one “critique my line” session with Eli! (SOLD OUT)  During this 50-minute private session call, Eli will critique your line and give you honest feedback on the good, the bad and the ugly (those areas that need improvement). You only get one chance to make a first impression. This is the perfect opportunity to get into the mindset of a seasoned retail buyer and get the clarity you need to grow your product based business and sell with more ease. Just think, one little idea can add thousands of dollars to your bottom line. This is a no brainer in my book.

So, don’t wait to start your future! Together, we can create the business you dream of and have it work for you.


Grace Kang
Founder, Pink Olive School


* Please email us at hello@pinkoliveschool.com with your receipt and we will get in touch with next steps.


it’s good to get critiqued!


Hey there ,

Are you a perfectionist? Being a perfectionist myself, I was not always so great at receiving criticism. I used to hold myself up to impossibly high standards and would get very upset if I didn’t feel that I had achieved them. I used to take criticism and advice personally, as though the person was telling me I was a screw-up, no matter how constructive the criticism may have been. Maybe you can relate? :)

Today I thrive off of feedback. I am constantly asking those around me how I might improve my craft and think outside the box. After all, life is all about learning something new each day. When you are in the mindset of of appreciation, you start to view critiques as an opportunity to achieve higher levels of success. It shows that you are open to new ideas and new way of handling all that life throws as you. I began to see that taking on feedback with open arms allowed me to create a better version of myself.  People give advice because they can see ways of doing things that may never have occurred to you. Someone who I admire once said, “You can’t see the picture if you’re the frame.”

If you receive a critique from someone, first think about where it’s coming from. Is it someone you respect or admire? Is it someone who knows the field that you’re in? Is their advice in line with your vision? Your creations are uniquely yours because they are exactly that, yours. As uncomfortable as it can be to be told you can improve what you love, it’s important to pull yourself out of the mix in order to grow your brand. It only takes that one great idea or advice to propel your business forward. What have you got to lose?

Are you ready for a get your line critiqued? Take action now. If you are one of the first 10 people to sign up for a critique session, you will receive 2 months of vip membership as a gift from me. :)

Here’s to giving & getting!


Grace Kang
Your Retail Product Mentor

p.s. A BIG, warm welcome to all of the new readers who joined our community! You are going to love the resources you will find here to help you make your product retail-ready… Enjoy!