How Mine for Nine was Born
There's a smart, new way to shop for stylish, make-you-feel-good maternity clothes. It's called Mine for Nine, and it's one of those revolutions that your best friend and sister will say "I wish they had that when I was pregnant.” MINE offers pregnant women an alternative to purchasing an expensive maternity wardrobe or supplements the one they already have. Find the perfect business suit for that important business meeting or a spectacular evening gown for the black tie affair you were just invited to. And when you're done, no need to store clothes you may or may not wear again -- just ship them back.
Mine for Nine carries current, trendy designers from around the world that maybe you could get if you visited all the little indie shops . . from Austin to Australia. But when you're getting ready for a baby, who has time to drive to the mall to scour the racks of some overpriced national chain? And your boutique shopping time is dominated with outfitting the nursery -- there's no time to get cross town to that specialty maternity shop (that would blow your budget anyway). That’s where Mine for Nine comes in: We bring hard-to-find maternity designers to your fingertips (think Ripe Maternity from Australia, Seraphine from England and Maternité from California ), and you can borrow the size you need now (not what your changing figure will need in a few months!) -- at a fraction of the cost to purchase.
Plus, to take the guesswork out of what size you need to borrow, we have measured all the clothes. Just click on the “tips for a perfect fit” and you’ll be able determine which size will most flatter your figure right now.
Marisa B. Moss, the founder of Mine for Nine LLC, was visiting two friends from graduate school in Austin, Texas over July 4th weekend 2008. One had just had a baby and the other was due any day. Both women are highly successful professionals in the technology industry and were commenting on the limited selection and cost of maternity clothes. They said it was hard to justify spending $80 on a work blouse that they would only wear for a few months. So instead of spending thousands of dollars on a new maternity wardrobe, they bought a few staple items and a couple of shirts and wore them over and over and over again all through their pregnancy.
It was during that conversation that Marisa suggested to her friends a website that allows women to borrow maternity clothes on a monthly basis. She thought the idea could be successful because most women don’t have a choice but to buy maternity clothes when they become pregnant. So instead of spending a fortune on a professional maternity wardrobe that fits well throughout your entire pregnancy (meaning, buying new clothes as your body changes), a woman can borrow from MINE for at least 75% off retail prices and still get a great fit and a huge selection of clothes. Of course, some women have the option to borrow clothing from friends and family, but she thought her business would probably care for the clothing even better then the hand me-downs (when was the last time your sister dry-cleaned a shirt before she lent it to you?).
One final note...Once the clothing is no longer “borrowable”, but still in good enough condition for other women to use, MINE will donate the clothing to such women’s organizations as Dress for Success.
Marisa B. Moss - Ms. Moss is currently a Director at an investment bank. For the last eight years, Marisa has worked in credit research as a credit sector specialist analyzing high yield and investment grade companies, most recently in the Autos, Aerospace & Defense, and Transportation sectors. Her responsibilities include opining on the value of a company’s outstanding debt including both bonds and loans as well as synthetic instruments such as credit default swaps. In addition, she analyzes the strength of the companies’ financial statements and develops financial projections. Marisa began her career in financial services 13 years ago as an internal auditor at predecessor banks of Wells Fargo and Bank of America. In that role, she developed an innate ability to analyze details of a process and recommend solutions and/or improvements. Ms. Moss received her MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and her undergraduate degree from the University of Florida where she obtained a Bachelor of Science with a concentration in Finance and Marketing.
Susan E. Bello - Ms. Bello has more than ten years of experience in marketing and communications, in industries including apparel, wine, and industrial products. One of Ms. Bello’s specialties is launching products and services from the ground floor. At BRL Hardy Wine Company (now Constellation Wines), Ms. Bello stewarded the U.S. launch and distribution of several Australian and New Zealand wine brands, handling a wide range of marketing responsibilities such as label design, distribution strategy, and promotional programs. While at ExxonMobil, Ms. Bello oversaw global packaging and label design for the Mobil 1 brand, as well as brand guidelines. Ms. Bello also implemented a website business-to-business services, focusing on customer communications, the customer service model, and international rollout. Ms. Bello received her MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and has a BA in English from the College of William and Mary. She is mother to one daughter, Gabriela.
Tera L. Ferguson – Ms. Ferguson is currently a stay-at-home mom of three - daughter Taylor and sons Connor and Kaden. She has more than seven years experience as a marketing and product management professional at IBM, focused in brand management and communications and offering strategy and development for software products targeting various worldwide business markets. Prior to joining IBM, Ms. Ferguson spent five years with Booz Allen Hamilton as a business and technology consultant focused on business case development and procurement strategy and management for large-scale electronic payment systems. Ms. Ferguson received her MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and has a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
J. Van Menard - Mr. Menard is a partner with Menard, Gates & Mathis, Inc., a risk management and insurance brokerage firm. Having begun his career with the investment banking division of Legg Mason, Van spent 5 years working with Securitas Capital, a private equity fund associated with Swiss Re that specialized in the insurance industry. Through these experiences, Van developed a strong background in strategic planning and financing of middle market companies, specifically in the risk management industry. He further honed his finance background working on the mortgage trading desk at Lehman Brothers, and gained valuable operating experience having been one of the first team members of Structural Wealth Management, a technology enabled wealth management firm. Mr. Menard received his MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of business and his undergraduate from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is father to one daughter, Kylin.
Jeni Putalavage-Ross - Ms. Ross has over 12 years of business experience, with a focus on business research and 5+ years in social media. She was most recently the Vice President of Client Experience at Spredfast after working at WhaleShark Media as their Director of Social Media. Prior to WhaleShark, Jeni spent five years in New York City where she was the Vice President of Research and Analytics at Nielsen BuzzMetrics (now NM Incite), the Vice President of Research at HNW, and the head of Conversation Mining at Converseon. Jeni started her post-graduate career with McKinsey & Co., where she spent five years at various offices in their Research and Insights Group. Ms. Putalavage-Ross received a Master's degree in Library and Information Science and a BS in Advertising both from the University of Texas at Austin. She is mother to one daughter, Delancy.