dapperQ is the premier style and empowerment website for masculine presenting women, gender queers, and trans-identified individuals. Dubbed GQ for the “unconventionally masculine,” dapperQ is a queer fashion revolution, one of the most stylish forms of protest of our generation.
To the Spoonflower team, Senior Vice President of Marketing Sarah Ward is not only fearless and hard-working, she really knows how to rock a blazer. Her recent dapperQ recognition has shown us two things: We now can confirm that it’s alright if we’ll never look as sharp as she does in the office. After all, she is ranked in a top 100 most stylish people list. But most importantly, her recognition has shown the team that being your own true self is the only self to be, and we feel so lucky to call her our own.
Keep reading to see what it means for Sarah to be living and loving life to the fullest, and take a peak at what she sewed up for her local Pride parade.
I don’t believe in traditional labels. My drive is for authenticity and happiness. I think everyone can uncover their own happiness by being open – in mind and in heart – to search for an understanding of what living authentically means. This search should drive you to be the best you. You owe it to yourself, to your family, to the people you touch and to your community to be the truest form of ‘you’ that you can be. Truth brings happiness to your door.
Being authentic makes me a good listener. It allows me to hear other’s points of view, perspective and the circumstances that move them towards success. As a manager of people, I know that success can be measured in many ways. My job is to enable the people on my team to reach their potential. And to have fun. Always have fun. If you are not having fun you are doing something wrong.
There was a time when this wasn’t me, when I was not living this way, when my choices were driven more by societal norms than by choosing to accept and embrace who I am. I was trained to measure the achievement of happiness by the hallmarks of success as defined by almost everyone else but me. I used to have all of the things we were supposed to have – a family, an SUV, the proverbial white picket fence – and I felt like I deserved these things only if I agreed to play the role game and fit the story. By challenging myself to be open to a different version of me, I was able to keep the things that are important to me – my kids, my family – while adding the ‘real’ me to the mix. I never realized that I appeared sad to others and that I wasn’t fooling anyone but myself. Having grace, courtesy and patience with myself was the greatest gift.
I am a different person today. I am a pirate-astronaut and have come to realize that I have the tools to charter my own course. And I do it every day.
SVP of Marketing
What did Sarah wear to her local Pride parade? A Love is Love Eco Canvas pennant, Organic Cotton Sateen pocket square and Sport Lycra headband were her go to essentials. Her dapper look was completed once she laced up her 2017 Pride Collection Chuck Taylors.
Curious to see what other designs have caught Sarah’s eye? Check out her curated collection of her favorite Marketplace designs to celebrate Pride.