Trinity Mouzon Wofford is the cofounder of Golde, an über-successful wellness brand she started with her partner, Issey, when they were both only 23. Since the launch, Mouzon Wofford has become the youngest Black woman to sell her line at Sephora, which she achieved at 25. Golde has also partnered with some small-time retailers you may have heard of—you know, like Goop, Revolve, Urban Outfitters, and Nordstrom.
Mouzon Wofford has achieved what many beauty and wellness startups can only wish for, yet at the core of her beliefs is an insistence that, as part of her work, she has a duty to spread her knowledge. Over the summer, Mouzon Wofford held Mentor Mondays, where she offered free 30-minute advisory sessions to startup founders seeking mentorship, prioritizing POC founders for the month of June. In 2019, she also launched #office_hrs, an Instagram video series in which Mouzon Wofford educates young entrepreneurs about how they can grow their own business.
Recently, Trinity and Issey left their Brooklyn apartment and moved upstate, where they both grew up. Now they’re staying with family while they find a new home. “It’s been a very strange year in particular for us, because we’ve seen so much growth with our business during this time along with managing everything that’s happening in the world,” she tells SELF. “But I think also, it’s been nice to have a really positive channel for my energy.” Here, Mouzon Wofford walks us through her bedtime routine, how to establish a work-life balance when your husband is also your cofounder, and the small skin-care brands she loves to support.
Usually, I’m finishing up work between 6 and 7 p.m. Then dinner is following that.
Usually my partner, Issey, is leading the charge on the cooking front. If I’m still getting through some work stuff, he’ll be able to jump in and start preparing food. He’s an awesome home cook, so I’m very blessed to have him as my life partner and business partner. Then we’ll eat dinner.
We both are very actively involved in the business, so we spend all day, every day together. Our desks are right next to each other. I think it’s a little bit unrealistic to expect when you’re running a company that when you go home, you go home and you shut the door to work. When you have a startup at this stage, you have a baby, maybe you have a toddler. Even if it doesn’t need anything in that exact moment, it’s always just right in the back of your mind.