HOW KATIE WARNER JOHNSON WENT FROM BALLERINA, TO WALL STREET ANALYST, TO FITNESS INSTRUCTOR, TO CARBON38 FOUNDER

In our long-running series “How I’m Making It,” we talk to people making a living in the fashion and beauty industries about how they broke in and found success.

It’s no secret that the activewear space is a crowded one. Over the past several years, loads of brands and retailers have cropped up in hopes of taking some market share away from the likes of NikeUnder Armour and Lululemon. One that seems to be coming out on top is Carbon38.

Last January, the multibrand women’s activewear retailer, which also operates an in-house line, made headlines after Footlocker made a $15 million investment for a minority stake in the company (largely in the hopes of gaining insight into the women’s activewear space). Its total funding to date is $40 million and sales have doubled each year for the past several years according to the company. With Footlocker’s help, Carbon38’s founder and CEO hopes that it too, could be come a multi-billion-dollar company.