In honor of National Sibling Day on April 10, we got a chance to sit down with sister and Everly co-founder Adriana. In this Q&A, she shares about the love and care she and Fabiana have for each other that truly encompasses their sisterhood and friendship. Their unique bond and shared love for world around them are what brought Everly Clothing to life and are the forerunners of what inspires them everyday.
Q: How would you describe your sister?
Adriana: I always tell her this, but just like my mom, Fabe has the biggest heart I know. She is always putting others (especially me) in front of herself and she is overflowing with love. She is also super weird and hilarious. Her stories go off tangent so bad it’s hard to know what the point of the story was to begin with. Where before I would just have a really confused look on my face when her stories get weird- I now just look at her and smile because I know what’s coming.
Q: What are your sister’s greatest strengths?
Adriana: Fabe’s biggest strength is that she is not judgmental. She allows her friends to be open and vulnerable in front of her because she accepts them for who they are. She is also so FUN. My kids love spending time with her because she spoils them rotten and really knows how to play.
Q: Besides your sister, who or what has inspired or motivated you?
Adriana: Fabe and I both love to listen to podcasts and audible books (we have very little time to sit down and read!). At the moment, we are both loving Sophia Amoruso’s weekly podcast called Girlboss Radio. She interviews successful women and we get to listen to where these women started and how they got to where they are. Another person who is constantly motivating us is our mama. My mom is a strong woman who has taught us so much about business, love, and family.
Q: What’s one thing that your sister has taught you?
Adriana: Fabe has taught me that I can seriously do anything I want. When I was pregnant with my daughter, Fabe was the first person who suggested I have a non-medicated natural birth. I was scared and skeptical of my own strength, but she was supportive and believed in me. We always joked that before we both got married, we had the perfect marriage with each other. This is true. Fabe has taught me to be less selfish and that giving, really, is better than receiving.
Q: How has your relationship evolved over the course of the past 7 years of doing Everly?
Adriana: A lot of people ask us how it is working together as sisters and business partners. My husband always tells me that Fabe and I have a very unique business relationship. We are for the most part always on the same page and we complement each other in a way where things flow when we are together. We support one another and we try to push the other to be their best. I know you might not believe us, but it’s true! We can’t really do Everly without the other. I think the past 7 years has shown us that having the same values and goals has grown our business and we really want to be an example to others in how we treat each other.
Q: What advice would you give to other girls about starting their own business?
Adriana: I would say that even though it is the scariest thing you might ever do, just try and do your best. Spend every free time you have researching, building, and growing your business. You have to be able to sacrifice some of the luxuries you have to make it happen. Having ideas is great and everyone has them, but executing them and making sacrifices to get there is how you’ll really make it. Be in the know of what is going on in the industry you are interested in and don’t be afraid to knock on doors or put yourself out there to get what you want. The first step is all it takes. Don’t be afraid. Let that fear drive you to start.