In celebration of our 20th birthday, we're launching an interview series. First, we want to introduce our founder, Marci Zaroff. Not only will she cary this series forward, interviewing other leaders in sustainability; she's also our source of on-going inspiration! In An Interview With Our Founder - Part I
she shared her experience founding Under the Canopy and some of her infinite wisdom. Here we've asked her a few questions from the Proust Questionnaire so that we all might get to know her a little better. Here goes!
What is your favorite virtue?
Respect. We have to respect ourselves, respect each other, and respect the world we live in. When you come from this place, you understand that serving others is also serving yourself.
What do you appreciate most in friends?
Transparency. My deepest relationships are those that are real, that are completely raw, where there are no games, hang-ups or judgments. You love someone for who they are and vice-versa. I have very deep and loyal friendships, lifetime friendships, and exchanges of pure love. I appreciate people who I can fully trust.
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Living your truth, following your heart, having a sense of passion and purpose, being real, and being connected. When we’re in resonance – when our personal and professional values are in alignment and we’re living consciously and with integrity, we’re happy. Happiness comes from feeling grounded within.
What is your greatest extravagance?
The concept of no compromise. I don’t want to give up delicious food, or a great night sleep, or a fabulous travel experience. I want the most ecofriendly, I want the best quality, I want smart style that I’m excited about, I want to travel and see the world and stay in places that inspire me visually, spiritually, emotionally.
What do you think your greatest achievement is?
Um, well I would say there’s the personal and professional. On a personal level, I have two amazing kids, who I’m so proud of. The paths they’ve chosen… I feel really proud that I’ve done ok as a mom. When you become a parent, you want to do the best you can do and you want to see your kids fly strong. They’re independent and connected and passionate. “We don’t inherit the land from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.” That realization when I had my kids was I want to leave the world as good, if not better, than the way I found it. It’s their world. It’s their future. So having been an early adopter of conscious lifestyle, bridging the tribes on consciousness and consumption and using business as an opportunity to affect change, I think now what I’m so proud of is how the seed that was planted or the rock that was thrown in the water has a ripple effect. More and more brands and retailers are jumping on that train.
What is your favorite motto?
“Work is love made visible” so if you love your work, it’s not work, it’s love. And in the words of Gandhi, we must “be the change we wish to see in the world.” We are in this together, so individually and as a collective consciousness, we must design a positive, healthier and more sustainable future for all.