At Home with Wearable X Founder Billie Whitehouse
At Home is a series observing personal journeys, through origins and current spaces. With each feature, we hope to inspire duality of relaxation and effort in the every day.
We caught up with Billie Whitehouse in the Wearable X office in downtown Manhattan. Nadi X had just launched, a line of activated yoga apparel, and the team was buzzing with launch excitement. Amongst the commotion, we took a moment to reflect on Billie's love of travel, human-centric design, and how she builds a sense of calm while launching a new venture.
Where are you from? What was a defining memory from your origin?
I am Australian, born in Sydney. My defining moment was one early morning at Bondi Beach when I realised while floating in the ocean that we are all just energy and matter. It was about a month before I left for the USA full time.
What was your favorite travel memory and why was it your favorite? What did you take away from it?
One of my favourite travel memories was from a beachside walk on a beach that was not the most glorious. There was a woman throwing a white rose into the ocean that was filled with wood. Her labrador was jumping up and eating the rose. She was not perfect in form but she was perfect in life. She was topless and free without a care in the world. What I took from this was that I had been listening to the pressures of life for far too long. What others perceived about me. It was on that day that I stopped wearing pushups bras and stopped wearing fake tan. They were things that I did for someone else, not for myself.
How do you reconcile the duality of relaxation and effort in your life?
I find comfort in both. I try to take time to check in with myself every morning to make sure I am connected with what I am feeling rather than just what I am doing. This puts the better day into better perspective.
What is the one idea or concept you stand for and why?
I stand for designing a future that has a human centric goal. Rather than terrifying people with a potential Doomsday I think it is more important to empower them to know that we can design a future that is enchanted with the human at the center. Too often I think we have left this to engineers to invent, my wish is that designers are empowered with this task.
How do you build a sense of calm in your personal space?
Plants, space to move, candles and a lot of love.
Describe your personal style. How does it reflect back to your way of life?
I am subtly feminine, experimental and strong. This comes through in my style - often with a wee little french twist.
Where is your personal journey leading you to -- what’s next?
My personal journey is leading me to find more delight in the journey. To find creativity in everything and to remove myself from judgement. I am not entirely there and I am guilty of mostly judging myself. That being said I am enjoying the journey more than ever. For the future I believe that there is more creativity in combining weird ideas from very different walks of life to create something new.
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