I’ve never personally been one of those butterflies-in-the-stomach, cuddle-loving, super mushy romantic types. I’ve had great loves, to be sure, but some aspects of love have always been beyond my comprehension. For example- having never experienced it first hand, I’ve always viewed such concepts as “love at first sight” with a somewhat skeptical eye.
Not to mention, I’m a creature of habit. It’s not that I’m afraid to try new things, I’m just stubborn in my tastes and don’t often venture outside of my box. Basic observation of the world around me, and the people therein, has lead me to the belief that when it comes to fashion, I’m a far cry from the minority in that respect. I know the brands I like, and tend to loyally stand by their side through thick and thin.
Although I don’t think these are inherently bad traits, they’re not exactly things to brag about. I’ve been working on the self improvement section of my brain. I’m trying to open myself up to new and exciting possibilities on all fronts, and working at Zappos has certainly helped in that regard (see Core Values 2, Embrace and Drive Change, 4, Be Adventurous, Creative and Open-Minded, and 5, Pursue Growth and Learning). Since Zappos.com carries so many brands (1,175 and growing!), we will occasionally have brand representatives come in to familiarize us with their products- supplying information about any new merchandise, new styles, new avenues into which they may be venturing.
Yesterday, I met our Camper representative. Admittedly, I didn’t know too much about the brand going into the meeting, so I wasn’t sure what to expect.
How do I explain what I saw, what I experienced? I’m still trying to process it, to be honest. They say a picture is worth a thousand words…
I never thought I’d say it, but it was love at first sight. I fell hard and I fell fast. It was my first time experiencing the sentiment, and I wasn’t sure how to respond… and with Camper the hits just kept on coming.
It was unnerving at first, but it didn’t take long for me to give in to the wanton, uncontrollable, fantastic, wonderful, all-consuming enthusiasm that filled my heart. And it took even less time for my favorites page to grow exponentially.
What I’ve come to realize is that although loyalty and caution are certainly valuable sentiments, it is worthwhile on occasion to break out of routine and try new things. Have you looked through our brands list lately? You may be surprised by how quickly the love bug can come up and bite you!