Entrepreneur Spotlight: Andrew DeBell of Funsies Onesies
Are you still looking for the perfect holiday gift? Search no more! Featured in Denver Style Magazine Issue No. 3's Gift Guide, Funsies Onesies has exactly what you need for a creative and outrageously comfortable gift this year. To learn more about this clever company, read our exclusive interview with entrepreneur, Andrew DeBell.
Denver Style Magazine: What interested you in owning your own business, and what do you consider the most important characteristics to have in order to be your own boss?
Andrew DeBell: “Kellen and myself have always had a knack for entrepreneurship. When I was younger I used to build birdhouses, sell wild blackberries and even coax my parents friends into purchasing rocks I found in the backyard. For whatever reason, the ability to own your own business and create value were characteristics that I always held very close to me. To be your own boss takes a lot of personal control. There are always a thousand things you could be doing. But being able to assess those weak spots and allocate time and energy towards the priorities, is a skill set that is crucial to successful business owning.”
DSM: How does your business concept stand out?
AD: “Adult onesies have been around for a long time. But when we took a look at the onesie competitors out there, no other brand was able to successfully capture the nature of a onesie AND the fun, creative expression that comes along with it. Let's be real, onesies aren't the most fashionable piece of clothing out there. But they are one of the most fun pieces of clothing out there. I've always been a huge proponent of personal creative expression. This brand transforms the way that onesies are perceived and embraces their truest nature.”
DSM: What is the theme song to your life, and how does this translate to the merchandise you select?
AD: “Everybody (Backstreet's Back).”
DSM: What is your most memorable business experience?
AD: “We're just about one year into our project and have had so many learning experiences to this point. My most memorable so far have been crafting our product by fine tuning materials and pattern, creating our Kickstarter video and reaching our final Kickstarter funding goal. All of these were huge milestones that were able to get us to the point we're at today. From perfecting our tight product line to receiving all the funds needed to start our project, the journey has had so many exciting turns.”
DSM: What is your favorite item in your store, and why?
AD: “Our Funsies Original is my absolute favorite. It contains the coziest cotton/poly blend that reminds me of my favorite hoodie sweatshirt back when I was a kid. We've spent so much time focusing on the details of the material, zipper, the jersey lined hood and the deep pockets, that I know everyone will love. It's also our first product under the Funsies Onesies brand, so that's also a good reason it has a special place in my heart.”
DSM: Whom do you aspire to be like?
AD: “I just watched a documentary on the Making of South Park. Trey Parker and Matt Stone are two of the most brilliant people I have ever encountered. Their use of topical satire is incredibly unique and engaging and when you watch this documentary, you see their positive use. As a marketer and content creator myself, I aspire to have the creative mindset as these two individuals. Their ability to push the limits and force people to THINK is very inspiring.”
DSM: What do you like the most about the Denver fashion scene?
AD: “I like that the Denver fashion scene is so accepting. Fashion can be perceived differently to many different people. Our onesies are not the most fashionable in the traditional sense. But to us, it's more than that. There's a time and a place for every piece of fashion. And the best part about Denver is the community that is accepting of all and supportive of everyone involved.”
DSM: Who are you outside of your business?
AD: “Kellen and I have known each other since we were just 10 years old. We both grew up in living overseas in Singapore and our families have been friends ever since. We now both work at Crocs shoes aligning with our passion for consumer products. I manage all global social media and digital marketing while Kellen works in Latin America sales. In addition, I have a deep connection to music and have just launched an educational video tool called Jam Campus. We also love exercising and playing all different sports like football, basketball, golf, skiing and tennis.”