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Hannah Richtman On Finding Beauty in Compassion

Hannah Richtman’s mission is to bring kindness to fashion. “It can be quite isolating and kind of mean, catty and elitist at times,” says the entrepreneur, who launched The Break in 2014 as an effort to make the industry more approachable. “I wanted a space where I could walk in and be greeted with a smile, make friends and not take everything so seriously.” Packed with expertly curated vintage clothing (a knack Richtman developed growing up in Milwaukee), plus brands like Redoux, Glazed NYC and Baina, the concept, which launched in Brooklyn, features a retail spot that can also double up as an event space, where partygoers can expect to drink, eat, dance and eventually sleep. Think: The Break bed & breakfast. 

Her latest venture, Gush, also fills a hole in the market for a product that Richtman had been on the hunt for, but couldn’t find: the perfect thong. “I was looking for a very specific silhouette and material,” she says of her super-stretchy, ethically produced design. “I feel really thankful to have another creative outlet that’s fulfilling.”

Below, we caught up with Richtman about her career journey, the products she can’t live without and the wellness routine that gets her through the busiest of times.

“I think that approaching life with kindness is the most beautiful gift you can give to yourself and others.”

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“At the end of the day, connecting with people is what’s most important to me.”

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“I want the people around me to know they’re loved. When others feel good around me– that definitely gives me confidence.”

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Get Ready With Hannah Richtman

Her successful vintage store, The Break, and undergarment line, Gush, are among Hannah Richtman’s top priorities. But above all else, kindness and community matter most. To maintain peace of mind, she opts for Pilates, an energy-boosting playlist and a simple beauty routine.

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