Karmaloop is a Boston-based streetwear lifestyle brand started by Greg Selkoe in his parent’s basement back in 2000. Selkoe grew up following break dancing, graffiti art, and fashion, which influenced his decision to focus his business on urban style and streetwear. Today, Karmaloop is growing and continues to do really interesting things in/around all things culture. We found time to talk Fatherhood with Greg, please enjoy…
Tell us about your kids. What’s it like being a Dad?
It is great being a Dad! My daughter Bixie is 4 years old and a little rascal. My son Rydel is 7 weeks old.
Talk to us about your parenting style.
I am very laid back, and so far my kids are very chill…so it works for me.
What is the one thing as a Father you cannot live without?
The couch where I take naps to keep my sanity.
Karmaloop. Let’s talk. What’s the latest and greatest from this Boston-based lifestyle street brand?
Karmaloop continues to expand and improve. Our European business is growing rapidly and we are looking at South Korea next.
You started the company in your parent’s basement in 2000. Tell us about your relationship with your own Father and starting your own business.
I have a very close relationship with my dad. He is a world famous scientist and I’m really proud of him. We are in very different lines of work, but he’s a huge supporter and sounding board for everything I do. He was Karmaloop’s first investor.
What’s a “Day out with Daddy” like? Any favorite places to go? Parks? Restaurants?
I like to take my daughter to breakfast, just the two of us Saturday mornings to a restaurant a block from my condo called Precinct. It’s the old Boston Police Headquarters, which is a hotel now. On a nice day we sit outside and she talks to all the tourists at the other tables next to us and we color.
When it comes to fashion for your child, any particular brands you like to dress your child in?
Clearly even though I sell clothes, my wife likes to handle our kids clothes because she doesn’t like me dressing the kids too crazy. Although, I do buy my daughter ill sneakers!
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