Entrepreneur/ Brand Strategist
Mackenzie Sehl is the co-founder of KOTN, a Toronto-based fashion label that offers everyday essentials directly sourced from the best Egyptian cotton.
Starting with a small problem: Couldn’t find high quality, nice fitting tees that are affordable, Mackenzie decided to quit her job in a branding agency in New York and moved in her parents basement in Toronto to start KOTN with her two best friends (one later became her husband).
In this episode, we chat about how her experience working at Holt Renfrew has led her to realize how to turn being a master of none into her strong suit and has planted seeds of ethnic fashion that later became one of the foundations leading to KOTN’s success. She also shares the struggles and lessons she has learnt and is still learning of being an entrepreneur, a creative entrepreneur and a creative female entrepreneur.
Mackenzie is wearing Uniquo x J.W Anderson A-line Skirt (olive green) and her own vintage shoes.
Photography: Vai Yu Law
"When you're creative and first starting out, you started your career because you have very good taste and you have a vision for something, but sometimes the work you're putting out doesn't match with that vision. And the only way you can get to that point where your output matches your taste level just is by doing constantly and putting out a huge volume of work." - Mackenzie Sehl