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Year Over. Here's Where Our Headspace Is At

4-minute read

Folks, we made it! 2017 is here and while technically nothing has changed since the calendar rolled into a new year (we're still very much in the Winter freeze), January always marks a time of reflection. While I think about the accomplishments and challenges in the previous year, I focus more on what excites me about the future.

2016 taught me a lot. The year started with Justine having a baby. I gained a nephew and lost a business partner for a few months. And while Justine never stepped away fully from Poppy Barley, I did feel incredibly alone at times. I wanted to give her the gift of motherhood without the stress of work. There was no feasible way I could absorb all her workload into mine and make every big company decision. So I let things go. Taking a blank piece of paper, I drew a horizontal line. Everything above the line was mission critical for business success, everything below the line was important, but not an essential driver. What existed above the line was still too much for me to handle alone. So, I gave away projects and tasks to other people on the Poppy Barley team. I realized I had held onto so much since founding the company. There was considerable legacy to the tasks I did daily, dating back to when it was just Justine and I at a kitchen table. Moving leadership and decision-making into the hands of very capable, talented people at Poppy Barley remains the best decision of the year (here are our team's highlights from 2016), Justine and I acknowledge how vital it is to growing the company.

In November 2016, Poppy Barley turned four years old. The first three years, the hustle was very, very real. Everyday, we obsessed about cashflow and survival. We took lots of risks. In 2016, we settled into a more comfortable zone. We focused on execution. We invested in technology to help us scale our operations. We continually asked ourselves, "What would this look like if it was simple?" We did more "easy" and less "I can’t sleep at night". It was an effective strategy; we had our best year ever.

Looking ahead to 2017, we need a little more "I can’t sleep at night". Magic happens outside of comfort zones. It’s time to take more risks, push more limits and get back to “re-thinking” our industry and impact.


Strategically, our partners in Mexico are inspiring me. In Mexico, you build your company as a legacy to give your children. It’s the opposite of startup culture’s build fast and furious to get rich. In Mexico, decisions are made with integrity and the long game in mind. Success is still important but what’s compromised to be successful is considered more fully. Many of the factories, tanneries and suppliers we work with in Mexico are in transition. Fathers and mothers are stepping aside as their children take over the businesses. Like every new generation, they are full of ideas and innovation. In Mexico, Justine and I always sense more investment into the community (and less individualism). Laura, our Mexico operations manager, often cites creating a brighter future for Mexico as a primary driver behind her work with Poppy Barley. Motivated by the thinking in Mexico, I’m challenging myself to think well beyond the day-to-day aspects of the business. I’m focused on the long term, thinking about the legacy of Poppy Barley.

I’m stepping into 2017 prepared for a rocket ship of a year. It reminds me of this advice shared in Sheryl Sandberg’s book Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead – “If you’re offered a seat on a rocket ship, you don’t ask what seat. You just get on.”

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The Harley Heeled Sandal Ankle Size Guide

How To Measure:
The Harley Heeled Sandal: Take a tape measure and wrap it around your foot, right below your ankle bone as that is where the strap will sit (see product imagery and fit video for a visual demonstration). This measurement is based on the last adjustment point on the strap.

Size Strap length will accommodate an ankle measurement up to the size below
5 26 cm
5.5 26.5 cm
6 27 cm
6.5 27 cm
7 27.5 cm
7.5 27.5 cm
8 28 cm
8.5 28 cm
9 28 cm
9.5 28.5 cm
10 28.5 cm
10.5 29 cm
11 29 cm
11.5 30 cm
12 30 cm

The Esther Heeled Sandal Ankle Size Guide

How to Measure:
The Esther Heeled Sandal: take a tape measure and wrap it around your ankle, above the ankle bone, as that is where the strap will sit (see product imagery and fit video for a visual demonstration). This measurement is based on the last adjustment point on the strap.

Size Strap length will accommodate an ankle measurement up to the size below
5 23 cm
5.5 23 cm
6 23 cm
6.5 23 cm
7 24 cm
7.5 24 cm
8 24.5 cm
8.5 24.5 cm
9 24.5 cm
9.5 25 cm
10 25 cm
10.5 25.5 cm
11 26 cm
11.5 26 cm
12 26 cm

Belt Sizes

Natural Waist Measurement Typical Jean Size Belt Size for High‑rise Pant Belt Size for Mid‑rise Pant Infinite Belt Size
23-25" 23/24 26" 28" 1
25-26" 25 28" 30" 1
26-27" 26 30" 32" 1
27-28" 27 30" 32" 1
28-29" 28 32" 34" 2
29-30" 29 32" 34" 2
30-31" 30 34" 36" 2
31-32" 31 34" 36" 2
32-33" 32 36" 38" 3
33-34" 33 36" 38" 3
34-35" 34 38” 40" 3
36-37" 36 38" 40" 3
38-39" 38 40" 42" 4
40-41" 40 40" 42" 4
42-43" 42 44" 46" 4
43-44" 43 44" 46" 5
44-45" 44 46" - 5

Sizing Note: For the most accurate fit, measure around your body where you plan to wear the belt. Choose the closest belt size to that measurement.

Belt Diagram Accent Belt and Complement BeltThe Accent Belt, The Polished Belt and The Complement Belt size measurements start from the beginning of the leather to the middle hole.

Belt Diagram Infinite BeltThe Infinite Belt size measurements cover the entire length of the leather.

Belt Measuring Guide

Belt Measuring Guide

A - High-rise style:

If you plan to wear your belt around your natural waistline, wrap a measuring tape around the narrowest part of your midsection. Then, add 3” to determine your high-rise belt size.

B - Mid-rise style:

If you plan to wear your belt lower than your natural waistline, you will require a dierent size. If you have a particular pair of bottoms you intend to wear your belt with, wrap a measuring tape through the belt loops while in a relaxed position.

When wearing your belt in your preferred style, it should fasten in the middle hole. The belt will relax with wear allowing you to cinch it tighter, as needed.

If you plan to wear the belt in both the high and mid-rise styles, you have two options:

  1. Select your high-rise style and fasten it more loosely when worn in the mid-rise style.
  2. Select your mid-rise style and fasten it more tightly when worn in the high-rise style.