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The new workwear attire brand that launched when everyone is working from home

This is an installment in a special series, Startup Year One, interviewing startup founders about the major lessons they learned in the immediate aftermath of their businesses’ first year of operation.



Pairess co-founders Amy JIang and Showly Wang


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Pairess co-founders Amy JIang and Showly Wang

While it might seem counterintuitive, getting dressed for work—even for working at home—is actually an even greater burden and source of anxiety for women professionals in the Zoom era.

So says Showly Wang, who with cofounder Amy Jiang, recently launched Pairess, a self-described feminist, direct-to-consumer fashion brand on a mission to help women succeed professionally with stylish apparel that’s also functional. (Think real pockets that actually fit a phone and machine washable fabrics.)

Fortune recently spoke with Wang and Jiang about how the first few months are going and what the pair plans to do next.

The following interview has been condensed and lightly edited for clarity.



Amy Jiang and Showly Wang, cofounders of Pairess.


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