SoCal Shoutout - Founder
We had the good fortune of connecting with Aubri Steele and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Aubri, where are your from? We’d love to hear about how your background has played a role in who you are today?
I grew up in Encinitas, CA. I was fortunate enough to have an incredible and supportive family, and still do to this day. My parents had nothing when they married and together built a multimillion dollar manufacturing business. At the time the money started flowing in, very little was ever spent on anything frivolous, but instead was spent on family trips to countries far from the home we knew. By the time I was fifteen (15) I had traveled to incredible places such as, East Africa, the Seychelle islands, Australia, Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands, Germany, and more. We didn’t travel in five star hotels, but we did things like sleeping in a tent in the Ngorongoro Crater. I never fully understood how incredibly lucky I was to be there, but I think about it every day as an adult. Traveling the world this way, seeing what was beyond the ends of our noses, helped to shape me into the person I am, in a multitude of ways. I firmly believe that my sense of self, and my appreciation for, and acceptance of others, was all fueled by those early trips.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Civile Apparel was born out of the tragedy and darkness of 2020, and the loss of my greatest hero, my father. Civile is helping define the emerging culture of pickleball with a fun and modern aesthetic, currently unseen in the pickleball space, all while encouraging others to be civil and play nicely, on and off the court.
My personal goal with the company is to create a healthy, successful environment where women can thrive in both their career and family lives, can flex their cerebral and creative muscles appropriately, can listen and be heard, and be a part of something that is bigger than any single one of us on our own. Civile always was and will always be a vessel and a platform for good.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Well, I’m a foodie at heart…so my mind always wanders to restaurants. I love the European style of taking time for meals, and appreciating the flavors and the moments of the present. A few of my absolute favorite spots are Rare Society and Tony Jacal’s, both in Solana Beach, Waverly in Cardiff, and Jeune et Jolie in Carlsbad. Aside from eating, I think a stop in Barrio Logan for some art and culture is a must!! The last thing I feel like is always a good idea would be a hike. Whether it’s a simple and slow one around Batiquitos Lagoon, a mellow stroll down to the beach at Torrey Pines, or a longer, more strenuous one up to Potato Chip Rock, it always feels good to get outside and walk in nature.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
It would be impossible to single out one person, so I’d like to just give a massive shoutout to my entire team of amazing women. Civile is founded, funded, and run by some incredible people. And so, to those women, the sisters, the wives, the daughters, the mothers, and grandmothers of Civile, I salute and thank you.
It’s an honor to work beside you all, as you continue to grace my world with your knowledge, your beauty, your strength, and your seemingly endless supply of love and support.