Startup Hustle: Kevin Lavelle of Mizzen + Main

Startup Hustle showcases leaders in technology, startups, and entrepreneurship across North Texas. Not your typical news story, this weekly series gives an inside look at the personalities of the diverse and multi-faceted people who make the DFW startup community so special. Be sure to check in every Friday for this weekly series! 


Kevin Lavelle,
CEO of Mizzen + Main 

Tell us about Mizzen + Main. We are building the the next great American brand bringing advanced performance fabrics to traditional menswear while giving back to the veteran community and keeping our production here at home.

Hometown: Sarasota, FL.

Current Neighborhood: North Oak Cliff. Our office is in the Design District.

Describe your typical day in one sentence. Organized, exciting, productive chaos.

What was your first job? American Eagle and the YMCA.

Define a “startup hustler” in 140 characters. Someone who will do whatever it takes to get it all done but knows where to be the most effective and never quits.

What’s your drink? Bourbon.

Finish this sentence: “Dallas got it right when…” They recognized we have to change our education system, dramatically, through charter schools and supporting reformers who will focus on results.

What can Dallas do better? Education.

What can’t you live without? My wife, dogs, and phone to manage our business.

Finish this sentence: “The show you’ll catch me binge-watching is…” Game of Thrones and House of Cards presently. Friends and Scrubs again and again when I have time.

What’s the best place to get coffee in Dallas? I’m not a coffee snob… so I’m pretty easy.

It’s been a great day. Where in Dallas do you go to celebrate? Javier’s or my back porch.

Pandora, Spotify, or Songza? Spotify.

Who motivates you? My wife, family, and mentors.

Tell us a random piece of trivia about yourself. I can do a backflip.

Raquel Vincent
msraquelvincent@gmail.com

Raquel Vincent is a Dallas-based creative with a knack for words and inspired creative direction. When she's not working, you can find Raquel hitting a gallery opening, working on her book, or thrifting for unforgettable vintage finds. She loves music festivals, tacos, and her rescue cat Berlioz.