Heidi Zak Of ThirdloveThe brand now services an estimated 87 percent of women. When they arrived, they were surprised to find Zak's husband and co-CEO, David Spector, highly involved in their day-to-day work, with a management style described as condescending” and bullying.” This about-face was compounded by company norms — don't negotiate your salary, don't leave before 6 pm, don't work from home, don't skip a happy hour — that felt out of sync with the brand's external image.
Around the same time, Kira told a consultant at the company, a leadership coach who worked closely with Spector, that she wanted to meet with the executive: Almost verbatim she said ‘Dave is a deeply insecure man, make sure you pat his ego throughout your conversation and that you don't surprise him.
ThirdLove is famous for its game-changing Fit Finder® tool (used by over 12 million women); and, most recently, for a well-publicized spat with Victoria's Secret More importantly, Zak and designer Ra'el Cohen have created a modern, beautifully-fitting t-shirt bra that's pretty close to perfect.
Ahead of the annual VS Fashion Show, model Robyn Lawley started a petition encouraging a boycott of the show due to its lack of size diversity, according to Teen Vogue ; she partnered with ThirdLove, who donated a bra to the Support the Girls organization for every Instagram post hashtagged #weareallangels.
That's something that really resonated with me, and when you think about how that applies to the company here, I think I also have expectations that people ask a lot of questions, own their own journey… And I think those are really important pieces of running a successful business as well.
In the midst of his many incendiary comments objectifying women and essentially describing the brand and the fashion show as a male fantasy, Razek also seemed to single out the upstart lingerie brand ThirdLove—dismissively—as the counterpoint to Victoria's Secret.
Once the company helps customers find their size, it's easy for them to order and reorder. Co-founding ThirdLove has been a rewarding experience for Zak. ThirdLove A screenshot of David Spector's Instagram Story about Victoria's Secret. Heidi Zak says she's on a mission to find the perfect bra for every woman.