MICHE Handbags

Ahead of MICHE's handbags being featured on Forbes Living, I spoke to Executive Vice President Jeff Cohen on why he thinks MICHE is such a trend-setting business!

Tell us more about MICHE and the business.

MICHE creates a trend-setting, high-quality and affordable fashion handbag in four different sizes, with a unique twist—magnetic interchangeable exteriors.  So just one bag can be easily transformed into an entirely-new look in just seconds, any time a woman wants, without needing to move contents from one purse to another. We call it Fashion at the Speed of Life.  MICHE is sold through Independent MICHE Representatives all across the country and in Puerto Rico in a home party setting or on line. We’re proud to be a direct selling company giving entrepreneurs the opportunity to make money by sharing something wonderful they can really believe in.

What makes MICHE products stand out in the fashion world?

There are two things that come to mind right away. First, it’s the interchangeability offered through our signature line. When women see one of our bags change its look in just a few seconds, they love it because it’s so unique. It’s not like anything else they’ve seen in stores or anywhere else. Second, MICHE is affordable; that way, women can enjoy the latest trends without the guilt of plunking down hundreds or even thousands of dollars on a fancy-name bag that will be out of style within months.

Why should a woman consider a MICHE bag?

Fashion. Quality. Affordability. And again, the uniqueness of our “build-a-bag” system.  A woman’s sense of fashion is intensely personal…she doesn’t want to look like everyone else. We offer dozens of ever-changing styles, handles and hardware options so that a woman can style a look just the way she wants it.  We are expanding beyond our signature handbags too, with non-interchangeable Hip Bags, wallets, jewelry and even coordinating scarves and cell phone covers. There really is something for everyone.

What are you hoping to achieve by appearing on Forbes Living?

It’s a great “infotainment” platform for introducing MICHE and our concept of Fashion and Opportunity at the Speed of Life to a broader audience. Forbes Riley is spotlighting great products and services to an audience of fashion-minded viewers who are always on the look-out for the latest and greatest in the style world as well as people who are interested in starting their own fashion businesses.

What are MICHE’s goals over the next year?

We plan to keep on track to be a fashion brand and one of the most innovative brands in the fashion world. We have lots in the works, including expanding our product line to include accessories specifically-geared toward Gen Z and creating “Mommy & Me” Party Boxes. Our sales force is growing by leaps and bounds as more people choose to take advantage of the business opportunity by becoming MICHEnistas. One of our goals is to continue growing MICHE fashion in the Hispanic community, both in the United States and Puerto Rico, and with a full suite of Spanish-language marketing materials and exciting launch events in Puerto Rico coming up in September, we’re well on our way to achieving that. Bottom line: we want every on-the-go woman who loves fashion to discover MICHE’s many possibilities.


Tortoise Sparkle | J Crew

Wow-ee. How gorgeous is this tortoise sparkle set of jewels from J Crew? The necklace, the earrings, the bracelet?! Get in my wardrobe! 


A closet like no other: Theresa Roemer

Photo Credit: The Blog by Neiman Marcus/Chinh Phan
You would think that a 3,000 square foot closet is the stuff of dreams, right? For Theresa Roemer this dream is a reality! I spoke to Theresa to find out more...

Tell us about the concept of the SHE CAVE and why you always wanted one. 

Women want their own unique space in the same way that a man does, so I simply built my ideal space.  I also spend a lot of time socializing and fundraising, so the idea was to have a private space where I could relax, but also do my #1 job, which is raising money for charity.

You use the SHE CAVE for charity and fundraising events. How much money has the CAVE raised for organizations? 

Hundreds of thousands of dollars have been raised in this beautiful space, and the next event is on August 24th for Camp Adventure, an oncology camp on Shelter Island, NY.

Photo Credit: The Blog by Neiman Marcus/Chinh Phan

Tell us about the merchandise in the closet- what are your favourite items? Which are the most expensive? 

My favorite items were recently stolen, unfortunately, and I wish I could get those back.  Among them was a locket with my son's hair, he died in 2006 and the day he was buried I cut some hair from his head at the funeral home, this was what I had left of him that made me feel truly close to him and it was taken in the heist.  Then there's the heirloom jewelry that my mother-in-law passed down to me, which I also cannot replace.  My most expensive items have always been the Birkin bags I own, and my favorite shoes are what I refer to as my Hollywood shoes because they are covered in jewels and have the word "Hollywood" written on the sides.  They're over-the-top in a fun way, they make me feel really spunky and fun when I wear them.

Photo Credit: The Blog by Neiman Marcus/Chinh Phan
Photo Credit: The Blog by Neiman Marcus/Chinh Phan


White House Week

President Obama released a statement on the death of Robin Williams earlier this week.

"Robin Williams was an airman, a doctor, a genie, a nanny, a president, a professor, a bangarang Peter Pan, and everything in between.  But he was one of a kind.  He arrived in our lives as an alien -- but he ended up touching every element of the human spirit.  He made us laugh.  He made us cry.  He gave his immeasurable talent freely and generously to those who needed it most -- from our troops stationed abroad to the marginalized on our own streets. The Obama family offers our condolences to Robin’s family, his friends, and everyone who found their voice and their verse thanks to Robin Williams."

We were also treated to a virtual tour of the White House Kitchen Garden with Executive Chef Cris Comerford. Campers from across the country chimed in and asked how Chef Comerford balances what fruits and vegetables are in season with the needs of the First Family, how the White House chefs prepare for large events such as state dinners, and finally about her path to becoming a “maker” at the White House. Comerford said that each morning she looks in the White House Garden to see what is ready to harvest and that she changes the menu based on what she can incorporate into upcoming meals. She also said that canning, jarring and pickling gives her flexibility to use fruits and vegetables in future meals.

Watch the video below.


White House Photos: Summer 2014

There are some great photos on the Flickr White House Channel, some of which I've not seen before. Check out my favourites below.

Official White House Photos


In Conversation with... Ari Yakobson, Blo Blow Dry Bar CEO

Blow drying is big business. Check out my exclusive conversation with Ari Yakobson, CEO of Blo Blow Dry Bar where he discusses the brand's partnership with Gwyneth Paltrow and how mentorship has made a difference to his professional life.

How has your life experience made you the leader you are today?

To be a leader today, you need strong ethics and the respect of not only your peers but those around you. This, I believe stems from what your parents teach you at a young age. I was very fortunate to have a wonderful mother and father that provided me with strong family values that included integrity, honesty, helping and treating others with respect.

They also stressed the importance of a great education, working hard and how to build on a dream. And, this is this foundation that I built all my businesses. If people wish to call me a leader, I am honored but I truly look at myself as a man who has a passion for seeing things thrive.

How has your previous employment experience aided your tenure at Blo Blow Dry Bars?

During my career, entrepreneurship has always been a passion of mine. I enjoy seeing my visions and dreams come to fruition and helping others to build their own success stories.

Also, my education, law degree and MBA provided me with the knowledge and background to fulfill my entrepreneurial goals to open various businesses. It is through all these various experiences that I learned what works and what doesn’t.

What have the highlights and challenges been during your tenure at Blo Blow Dry Bars?

I have always felt that every business that I have opened has taught me something which in turn, helped me to create a better environment whether it is for my employees, franchise partners or a new business I wish to start. One evolves from these experiences only to create a better and stronger foundation. Another component is having a passion for what you do as this is key to help others achieve their own success stories.

Tell us about your partnerships with individuals like Gwyneth Paltrow and David Babaii. 

This has been such a great and important business opportunity for Blo! Gwyneth is an incredibly talented Academy Award winning actress who also has a keen business instinct for the latest and hottest trends as well as an emphasis on high quality customer experience that makes this an ideal collaboration. David Babaii on the other hand, is a global renowned hairstylist; he is the expert when it comes to hair and the beauty industry as a whole not to mention his business experience. Together, we make a unique team that will be able to provide our franchise partners with many new and exciting changes.

Why do you think 95% of women are Blo franchise partners?

This is something I am truly very proud of to say. It is time that women emerge as leaders in the business world and we provide them a platform to be a partner. After all, for decades they have run their households, taken care of their families and wore many hats. They have the knowledge, experience and a passion for this type of business as many have enjoyed services at our other locations. In fact, many of our female franchise partners not only own one of our franchises but also contribute to their communities volunteer for charities plus family life. They are amazing women! In fact, 50% of all graduates from law school and business school are females.

How do you maintain a work/life balance?

My life and work make me a very busy man BUT, my family comes first. I am a proud husband and father of three and they are my whole world. My average day consists of getting up early before everyone is up to catch up on emails and then my wife and I each share in their care before I am off to the office. If one of my children needs me to attend something at school or an activity they are involved in, if it is important to them that I am there, I will be there.

I can say this as my wife, children and I have a very open and honest relationship and they know that I need to work but, more importantly they know that I am accessible to them at any time they need me.

How has mentorship made a difference in your professional and personal life?

My family has been my mentors teaching me priorities, what life is all about and how to balance it all. I also look up to everyone who has a business because in their own right, they have worked hard and want to succeed. I feel I share a common bond and respect with them.

Which leaders do you admire and why?

I admire those who have created successful business that have helped the world be a better place to live, provide jobs and offer opportunities for others. This is the meaning of true success as it is not about me but what we can do for others.

What do you want Blo Blow Dry Bars to accomplish in the next year?

My goal is to see us grow even bigger and provide even greater services that are affordable.  Another wish is to establish additional strategic partnerships which in turn will create more jobs and help our partnerships flourish. We will never stop creating and building the best dry bar franchise partnership around the world!