Founder and CEO of CRU Dinnerware by Darbie Angell, creating voices for women in business using passions in design, hostessing, and empowering women... Ask Me Anything!!!!
I started my company without a single contact in the industry. I was working at one of the country’s largest law firms and went into labor with my daughter when I was five months pregnant. I was put on bed rest for four months and decided I wanted to start a company by combining my passion to Impact the world with my knowledge in design to show my soon to be daughter how to dare to dream big! That bold step to live fully is what led me to create this company which has become my life’s work.
With zero capital to put towards the brand, I found a man in Israel that sold me diamonds at cost then turned around and sold them to women around the World. This allowed me to create my first product samples and attend my first meetings in New York with Macy’s. We are blessed to be in retailers such as Macy’s, Bed Bath & Beyond, Dillard’s as well as smaller home stores and boutiques.
Starting this company gave me the confidence to finally take over my life and be the driver, as well as the ability to make an impact for women in underdeveloped countries. On my travels, I have met so many strong women fighting for a different life. Getting to stand beside them and help push them forward has been the most amazing part of the journey. When I first started, there were only 50 women in our factory. We now have 3,000 women in underdeveloped countries that are our artisans and many are supervisors.
My goals are to give women voices using fashion-forward designs. Ask me anything as we depart on a journey together to empower women!