Next Life: From Banking to a Fashion Website

Kyle Wilkinson's mother was a fashionable eccentric. A model for Geoffrey Beene during the designer's 1960s heyday, "She ran around Greenwich Village and practiced séances," says Wilkinson. The only thing her bohemian worldview had no tolerance for were bankers. When Wilkinson entered Chase Bank's training program out of college, in 1985, he and his mother "didn't talk for months. What I was doing was anathema to everything she stood for."

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