In a very special bonus edition of More Than One Thing, Athena Calderone sits down with the very talented creative innovator and retail leader, Sebastian Brauer. Across his 12-year career, he has been the driving force behind multi-billion-dollar businesses. We’re talking Anthropologie, Williams-Sonoma, Inc., J Crew, and now as the Senior Vice President of Product Design at Crate & Barrel.
While building mega brands is certainly impressive, it’s Sebastian’s purpose-driven leadership that really sets him apart. Guided by his passion for sustainability and social activism, Sebastian spent the early part of his career as a fashion and home design consultant, connecting brands with artisan makers to help local communities around the globe. This formative experience has guided his decisions ever since.
Athena experienced this intentional approach first-hand when she collaborated with Sebastian on their Crate & Barrel collection. A true co-creator throughout the entire process, Sebastian helped to workshop her ideas and bring their vision to life.
If there is one throughline in Sebastian’s hyphenated career, it’s that intention is always at the heart of everything he does. And as we discover today, it has been a grounding force on his non-linear path. We’re so excited to welcome Sebastian to More Than One Thing. Keep reading for some of our favorite quotes, then listen to the full conversation HERE.