Outdoor Voices: Tyler Haney

Tyler Haney is the founder of Outdoor Voices
Suzanne Dias for NPR
Tyler Haney is the founder of Outdoor Voices

Suzanne Dias for NPR

In 2013, Tyler Haney was a 24-year-old graduate of the Parsons School of Design in New York.

One day on a jog, she realized that her workout outfits looked, and felt, like they were made for competitive athletes. Tyler envisioned a brand of athletic wear for more everyday activities, like walking the dog or hiking with friends.

She launched Outdoor Voices and she got her two-piece “kit” — a crop top and leggings – into a few specialty boutiques. Soon afterward, her brand made it into J. Crew stores and took off.

Today, Outdoor Voices has raised close to $60 million from investors and has around 350 employees.

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