Camille Corbin | Founder, CEO of Revel Co.
Q: Walk us through your story!
A: Born and raised in Sunny San diego, Ca... I went East and played D1 Ice hockey and softball in college at Union College in NY.
Adjusting to no longer being identified as an athlete was my newest challenge as i had been a jock my whole life. In 2017 I was living in Boston... Still feeling that post grad life grind. I was a real estate agent at the time as i quickly found out after college that 7-7 grind in corporate world was never going to be for me. I come from a family of entrepreneurs so I always knew this would be my route. I just needed to get on my feet first before i could start betting on myself.
In 2018 I moved "home" to Orange County and launched Revel... It just kinda started all at once. At first I was primarily all Denim Jackets.. custom and original designs and it just blossomed from there. I was selling them online and through local boutiques. I let Revel grow naturally.. Just waited for the right times to keep launching new products and it blossomed into a streetwear line i had been dreaming of my whole life. Right up my alley. A line that completely shows who i am... girly with a side of athlete.
Each year I have learned more and more about Revel and the direction I want it to go and I've started building a nice team along the way. I'm proud that I took the steps necessary to start this business... as in the beginning it can be uncomfortable and scary not getting that paycheck everyone else gets every two weeks. It's so much more work then i could have ever imagined but nothing is more motivating than working for yourself.
Q: What has been the most rewarding phase of your career?
A: Most rewarding phase of my career has been this last year... I did a lot of trunk shows and pop up shops before Covid happened and then when the virus hit and shut that down it really forced me to grow online.
My online business and marketing grew exponentially.. and I now had the time and resources to pour more much needed attention to grow online. Now that we are getting back to trunk shows.. I am able to really connect again with my customers and I simply love it.
I get a little case of imposter syndrome because when I draw a crowd in of people that love all the Revel designs. I sometimes can't believe that I really created it and have gotten to this point. It feels like a dream. I always knew I loved dressing people and creating looks but I never knew I would be doing it for a living. I feel truly blessed to be able to share my talents with others and bring them joy.
Q: What do you do for inspiration? Do you ever hit creative roadblocks and how do you overcome them?
A: My inspiration really comes from all over... I have a specific eye for things I like when on social media and shopping around. Sometimes when I need some inspiration I literally hit the mall and just look around and also look at what everyone is wearing. Finding trends and trying to start new trends is my passion. I don't just sell clothes.. I try to create looks. I want women (and eventually men too) who don't know how to put a whole look together to be able to shop on Revel and buy the whole look that appeals to them.
Q: Who has been the most inspirational person in my life and at what stage?
A: My aunt Sandy Dudum... She is the founder and owner of @vicidolls. We moved to orange county together after I graduated college. She made this dream possible by showing me the way from the very beginning when she threw 20 blank denim jackets at me and said get started haha.
Q: What advice would you give someone wanting to pursue a career similar to yours?
A: Have faith, not fear. Trust yourself... and put the work in.
It will pay off.
Only thing I ever regret is not doing things sooner..
"No risk, no reward" - Camille Corbin, Founder, CEO of Revel Co.
Q: What are your top self care routines? A: Playing Golf, GYM, peloton, and hockey, ..etc I take care of myself by staying active. It's what gives me the most clarity and relieves so much anxiety that i carry.
Q: What is the most challenging part about what you do?
A: Trailblazing through owning a business and running a business in general. There is ALWAYS something to be doing.. Keeping track of whatever those things are and COMPLETING it is so important.
"I don't just sell clothes, I create looks... Not everyone knows how to put together a whole look.. I love helping and guiding them to feeling their best most confident selves."- Camille Corbin, Founder, CEO of Revel Co.