The Insider: Chris Paik
Chris Paik is an investor at Thrive Capital—a company that’s funded ridiculously rad companies like Warby Parker, GroupMe, and Kickstarter. He’d like you to know that the gig doesn’t make every day a suit-and-tie kind affair (though there are plenty of those too). And we’d like you to know that it’s perfectly normal to feel some major hair envy.
Q: Do you think you’re the only VC who owns a Rick Owens jacket?
A: There’s a high probability. It’s a winter jacket and an absolute staple in my wardrobe. I haven’t worn it in a while, but once the weather gets a bit colder, it’s going to make an appearance.
Q: I hear you wear a lot of start-up T-shirts.
A: I do. I really like my Reddit T-shirt. I also have a ton of Vostu shirts, which is a company that Josh [Kushner, founder of Thrive Capital] started. Any shirts printed on American Apparel 50/50 tend to be my favorite.
Q: What’s one piece worth an investment? [Ed: Heh.]
A: For a guy, a good winter jacket—it’s perfectly acceptable to wear the same thing, day-in and day-out. For a girl, a purse.
Q: How do you wear your Nikolai Rose tie bar from Of a Kind?
A: My formal wardrobe is pretty standard—so with a black tie, a white shirt, and a black suit. Classic.
Q: What’s something happening in the NYC start-up scene that you’re excited about?
A: There’s a really cool fashion show happening soon—it’s called Raise Cache, and it benefits hackNY, a non-profit organization that helps educate computer-science majors and programmers in New York. All the proceeds from the show go to the program, and a number of really cool start-ups like Birchbox and Rent the Runway are involved—I think Of a Kind is part of it, too. [Ed: It’s true.]