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Talking Top Tens: Zara Terez Tisch

Founder and CEO Terez


Zara Terez Tisch is the Founder & CEO of Terez, a premier athleisure brand—headquartered, designed, and made in the heart of NYC, with a retail presence across the globe, including Bloomingdale’s, Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, and Shopbop. At Terez, Tisch promotes freedom of expression through fashion, creating original, imaginative, vibrant designs. Zara has been named to Forbes 30 Under 30 and is an alum of University of Michigan. Say hello on Instagram @zaratisch.

And more with Zara Terez Tisch…

Your current Netflix addiction:

There is so much amazing content out there right now! The last show I binge-watched was The Handmaid’s Tail on Hulu; it was so gripping and entertaining. My fave series of all time is Sons of Anarchy–I secretly wish I was part of a MC.

What do you love most about your work:

I feel so fortunate to be surrounded by family and friends every day at work. When I started Terez in 2008, my parents were an incredible support system; they have deep roots in NYC’s Garment Center, and they were definitely my #1 sounding board in early days of building this business. About a year later, my best friend Amanda came on board and since then we’ve continued to grow the team with talented individuals—who also have become friends and family.

One piece of advice you would give your 18­ year­-old-self:

Time really does change things.

Midnight snack of choice:

Emack & Bolio’s Grasshopper Pie ice cream and Lay’s BBQ potato chips are the perfect combination of sweet and savory. And, honestly, I’d eat this snack morning, noon or midnight :)

Your motto in life:

Figure it out.

Your go­-to power outfit:

I feel the most confident in Terez leggings and a neutral top with some sort of special detail (like crystals or patches embellishment). That’s my go-to outfit when I want to feel like I can and will figure out whatever comes my way—and get sh*t done. Sometimes I will pair a print with a burst of color with a boyfriend blazer for some ~board room flair~.

If you weren’t the CEO of Terez, you’d be a...

A Broadway actress! Well, I would try to be one. Is it a prerequisite to be able to match pitch? Asking for a friend…

What’s the most exciting thing in your life right now:

Seriously, having kids is by far the coolest thing I will ever do. Whether it’s hosting tea parties with them in the mornings before I do school drop-off and head into the office, or seeing my daughter come to love Princess Leia as much as I do, nothing excites me more than my two kids.

Your last great read and why you enjoyed it:

Admittedly, I’m not a big reader, but once in a while I will come across a book (let’s say once every 5 years) and get obsessed. “The Glitter Plan” definitely falls into this category. Juicy Couture has always been an inspiration to me because I grew up in the 90s, and this book portrayed Juicy Couture’s evolution so powerfully. The story hit so close to home—it was like I was currently living chapters of the book—which made it a really exciting read for me.

What is the best gift you’ve ever received:

When I was 17, my boyfriend passed away and a friend of mine gave me a framed poem—words of wisdom you might say. That frame has traveled with me since and been meaningful to me throughout my life.