In this roundtable episode, Clare Vivier (of the fashion brand Clare V.) joins us! She talks about her journey starting the company, how she grew into the recognizable brand she is now, and how she keeps her company culture strong and intentional through all that growth.

Question Highlights:

  • How do you categorize your brand?
  • How did you get started with your own business?
  • How did you get into retail?
  • What was the process of growing your team?

“Just show up – and show up vulnerably.

-Clare V


  • Why we question what to do next
  • Taking the first step
  • How to find the right questions
  • Being vulnerable and comfortable with sounding dumb


Helaine Knapp

Founder & CEO of CityRow Go. After spending years climbing the corporate ladder, Helaine Knapp left the world of publishing for tech start-up life. Group fitness was her outlet while working hard and taking on the hustle and bustle of New York City. However, months of spin and boot camp classes left her with a lower back injury, and she began searching for a workout that was low impact, but super effective. After a friend suggested rowing, Helaine initially rejected it as something “my dad did in college,” but following a few workouts on a sexy machine, and pairing it with total body sculpting moves, her mind was changed and the concept for CITYROW was born. With a mission of delivering a smart, fun, effective workout to all fitness levels, under Knapp’s leadership, CityRow has grown from one studio in New York City to a national, omnichannel fitness brand with 12 open studios and 65 franchises sold nationwide along with a top-ranked, on-demand, global program featuring at-home rowers and a fast-growing digital subscription business. Knapp has yet to row on the water and has been featured as a business leader and a wellness expert on TODAY, Women’s Health, ABC, Harper’s Bazaar, Shape, Well + Good, Vogue, Yahoo! Finance, and PEOPLE, among many others.


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