We had the good fortune of connecting with Emeline Kuhner Stout and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Emeline, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
As a new mom looking for the best and most efficient way to get back to my pre-baby body, I was struggling to find the right products that would work for me in the little time I had for self-care. We all want to look and feel our best, but our schedules don’t always allow it. I tried everything to help with my cellulite and after spending months researching the best products and techniques, I started looking into the root cause. This is where I had my “a-ha!” moment and discovered our body’s natural detox system, our lymphatic system. I realized that our lymphatic system is 100% responsible for cleansing/detoxing our bodies, and that lymph fluid stagnating is part of the cellulite problem. I also realized that lymph fluid needs to constantly be stimulated with movement and massage for it to do its job. This is where Elastique and our famous first leggings came in. We’ve created a concept of wearable massage in a luxurious and ultra-flattering line of activewear to optimize our lymphatic system and improve the appearance of cellulite. My goal is to make wellness more attainable for the busy woman. It’s self-care you can wear!
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I came into entrepreneurship serendipitously. I saw a problem that bothers a LOT of people and simply decided to find a solution that would work for all of us. My background as a diplomat was helpful in gathering all the right experts towards one mission: creating wearable self-care backed by science. It took years of research & development, lots of trial and error. Being an entrepreneur you need to have a tough skin and be ready for EVERYTHING — the good the bad and the ugly. But, knowing we make a difference in our customers’ lives is all we need to keep going. When women tell us how much they love our garments…how they couldn’t believe they see an improvement in their skin appearance in just a month…their love for Elastique is our fuel!
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I live in the heart of the Museum District, so we will start with a stop at the new Leonelli Cafe followed by a visit of the Museum of Fine Arts and the Contemporary Arts Museum. I love a nice bike ride in Hermann Park and then over to Rice Village. We would also visit the Menil and have lunch at Vibrant. We’ll make a stop downtown at Discovery Green and have a crepe at Brasserie du Parc. Dinner will be at Cafe Poetes for a little Midnight in Paris escape. We’ll explore the Arboretum and run the Memorial Park trails. We’ll have our next dinner at either Uchi, a Houston “must”, or the Original Ninfa’s for a true Tex-Mex experience. Finally, I’d take them for a little day trip: I propose Galveston to see the water and watch the sunset, NASA, another “must”, or Brenham for a Texas country experience with a stop at the most authentic French bakery Magnol. Another fun spot is The Kenney Store for some authentic Texas food and country music. And a trip isn’t complete without a little self-care… I would add a spa day at the Post Oak Hotel.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Caitlyn Wooldridge, my co-founder and partner in crime.
First image: none Second image: Anastasie (@gramatique), Third image: Ashkan Image (@ashkanimage), Fourth image: Emeline Kuhner Stout
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