Sisterhood. For Frankie Burik, her sister Nina serves as her fashion muse and inspired the name of her clothing company for girls, 8apart, which is the sisters’ age difference. When Nina was in high school, Frankie saw her struggling to find clothes that suited her. So Frankie set out to design inclusive clothing that complements the changing bodies, moods and interests of teenage girls. Since its start in 2019, 8apart has grown to be about female sisterhood and the power of supporting one another to be our best.
What motivated or inspired you to start your own business?
Watching my younger sister, who at the time was 15, grow up and shop as she entered her high school years. I noticed that she was not finding a brand that was designed to fit this growing body – not only fit properly, but also be an empowering voice as she grew up and into herself.
What gives you joy in business?
Seeing girls try on 8apart and wear the pieces with confidence is THE feeling! My sister, Nina is definitely a huge inspiration for me and the brand.
Have you had to overcome any significant barriers in business or in life, and how did you manage to conquer them?
I started 8apart as a side hustle while working a full time job (and still do!), so managing these two worlds is always a huge challenge! Staying focused, excited and organized is key for my success in juggling these roles.
What is one piece of advice you wish you had heard, and listened to - in life or in business?
Use your resources on finding your customer!!
What are your hopes for the future?
I hope to grow the reach of 8apart much wider across the country, developing a larger community of girls who are involved with the brand in a meaningful way.
Who are your biggest supporters in business or life?
My family, and in particular my mom, who as another female entrepreneur has been a constant pillar of support to me and has offered me endless pieces of wisdom over the years!
What is the one word that describes you the best?
Ambitious, because it never ends!!!