Linda Derschang
  What shall we call you?   LD or Linda   Where are you from, and how did you make your way to where you are now?   I was born in upstate NY. I moved to Seattle in 1987 to open a clothing store. Sometimes I think I’ll end up back in upstate NY – the Hudson Valley area to be exact.
  What do you do for a living, and how did you find yourself there?   I own 6 bars & restaurants. I have no idea how I found myself with a company this big. Well, I do know, but I also don’t- if you know what I mean.   More importantly, what do you do that you love?   I love working with creative, passionate, smart and funny people. And I work with lots of them.
  What inspires you to get up in the morning?   Coffee and the NY Times.   Do you have a specific space that helps you feel inspired?   What does it look and feel like? I love working in my office at home because it’s super cozy and has a little TV so I can watch the news while I work. But I also love our company office, which we call “HQ”. It’s the complete opposite from my home office – it’s very airy, light and white.
  Who do you have a girl crush on?   Jane Birkin!   If you had the opportunity to ask her anything, what would it be?    There is no one question; I would love to just spend an afternoon with her talking about a million things.   
  What’s a fantastic piece of advice you have been given in your life, and who gave it to you?   Worrying is praying for what you don’t want. Sadly, I don’t remember which yoga teacher said it.   What are you listening to on your ipod/car stereo/transistor radio right now?   The new  Arcade Fire  and the new  Head and the Heart  albums. I love them both.
  What book have you read in the last year that you love?   I read a number of books that I loved, including:  Grace – A Memoir by Grace Coddinton  Strange Stirring by Stephanie Coontz  Half the Sky by Nicholas Kristoph and Sheryl Wu Dunn   What do you have in your pockets right now?   Ear plugs for spin class. I can’t stand the music! I wish I could find a place that plays metal and punk rock, wouldn’t that be amazing to spin to?   What do you love most about being a woman?   The clothing options as a women are so much more interesting than for men.
  Do you consider yourself a feminist, and how do you define what that means?   YES! A feminist is a person that believes women are equal to men. I have defined myself as a feminist since I was 14 or 15. I think every woman should consider themselves feminists.
  Tell me something pretty. A quote, a lyric, whatever it is that inspires you.   Know yoga, Know peace. No yoga, no peace.  Be here now. – Ram Dass  You can’t control crazy. – Ric Peterson
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