Meet the Team: Hannah, Sarah, & Isabelle

We have come a long way from Hannah's apartment. The Break is now a full-fledged Brooklyn brick and mortar (event space, community center, overall great place to be) and it couldn't be done without the help of some incredible woman power! Take a tour of their private spaces and get to know Hannah, the Founder, Sarah, the COO, and Isabelle, the Director of Retail and Events. 

 

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Name: Hannah Richtman

Born: Milwaukee, WI

Currently: Clinton Hill, BK

Sign: Scorpio

Follow Her: @hannah.richtman

 

What is your role at The Break?

Founder, CEO, Mom

 

What’s a typical day for you at The Break?

Every day is different, which I love! I spend every Monday sourcing new inventory with Sarah, which takes us about 12 hours. The rest of the week is dedicated to operations and content creation – inventorying, producing and styling shoots, searching for new brands to stock, planning events, delegating special projects and hosting team meetings. I usually work 7 days a week and am so fulfilled. My baby is growing!

 

What’s your favorite part of the job?

The people I work with! I absolutely adore my team and the community we share this brand with is so special. Nothing beats being surrounded by peers who support and inspire you.

 

How do you take your coffee?

Half coffee, half skim.

Where/When do you feel most inspired?

When I take risks. I love working on a project that challenges/terrifies me. It’s always worth it.

 

Biggest turn off? Biggest turn on?

My biggest turn ons are a sense of humor, business ethic, integrity and generosity.  My biggest turn off is pessimism.

 

What are you listening to right now?

SZA, Cuco, Rihanna

 

What’s one of your favorite song lyrics?

“We’re smart enough to make these millions, strong enough to bear the children, then get back to business” – Beyonce, Girls

 

What is your greatest piece of advice?

A high tide lifts all boats.

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Name: Sarah Frey

Born: Saratoga Springs, NY

Currently: Bushwick, BK

Sign: Scorpio

Follow Her: @_urbancowgirl_

 

What is your role at The Break?

COO (Chief Operating Officer)

 

What’s a typical day for you at The Break?

There really isn’t a typical day at The Break, which makes my job super fun and exciting. Overall, Hannah and I go sourcing once or twice a week, and the rest of the week is usually dedicated to working on the website and planning photoshoots/events.

 

What’s your favorite part of the job?

Sourcing! I live for the hunt. I’ve recently taken on making floral arrangements for The Break Botanical and that’s become a very fulfilling aspect of my job.

 

How do you take your coffee?

With cream and an obnoxious amount of sugar.

Where/When do you feel most inspired?

I can’t put my finger on where I feel most inspired; I’m often inspired by interiors, architecture, and nature. I’m inspired late at night, and the very rare times I’m awake at the crack of dawn. I think I can feel inspired almost anywhere; I just have to be in the right mindset to really open my eyes and observe the world around me.

 

Biggest turn off? Biggest turn on?

My biggest turn on is a good sense of humor, basically 90% of what I say is a joke. My biggest turn off is egocentric people.

 

What are you listening to right now?

George Harrison. His album All Things Must Pass has been on repeat all week. Literally. Otherwise I’m usually listening to The Band, Deer Tick, The White Stripes, The Beatles, Wilco, and Townes Van Zandt.

 

What’s one of your favorite song lyrics?

That’s the hardest question I’ve ever been asked. Off the top of my head;

“fill up your mind with all it can know, don’t forget that your body will let it all go…what would we be without wishful thinking.” –Wilco, Wishful Thinking

I’m probably going to change my answer about 20 times before this is published.

 

What is your greatest piece of advice?

Take it one day at a time.

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Name: Isabelle Estrin

Born: Atlanta, GA

Currently: Greenpoint, BK

Sign: Gemini

Follow Her: @isabelleestrin

 

What is your role at The Break?

I am the Director of Retail and Events at The Break, which basically means I do a whole variety of things ranging anywhere from making the weekly schedule to organizing dog adoptions and dance parties in the store.

 

What’s a typical day for you at The Break?

A typical day at The Break is always atypical, but that's one of the things that makes the job so great- its never ever boring! Somedays I am working an event in the store and the next I am in another state sourcing with Hannah & Sarah. Nothing is monotonous which keeps things interesting.

 

What's your favorite part of the job?

I get to work with my best friends and have customers who become friends. I love the community we have garnered. Our Break Babes are some of the most amazing people I have ever met- they inspire me everyday and make the job fun.

 

How do you take your coffee?

A splash of milk, two raw sugars, and extra ice. I'm an iced coffee no matter the weather kind of lady.

 

Where/When do you feel most inspired?

Sitting by the water, watching the skyline, with my music and my journal in hand. I go to watch the sunset and write by the water at least once a week.

 

Biggest turn off? Biggest turn on?

My biggest turn off is a bad outfit, that really makes it or breaks it for me. Oh and mansplaining. My biggest turn on is a very dry sense of humor. The more sarcastic the better.

 

What are you listening to right now?

Solange- always Solange! 

 

What’s one of your favorite song lyrics?

It isn't really a song lyric, however, the French girl's monologue at the beginning of "Chosen" by Blood Orange.

 

What is your greatest piece of advice?

Your friends and family can be your soulmates too.

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