ryan babenzien + arjan singh & jolie

ryan babenzien + arjan singh & jolie

From Footwear to Water: Clean and Clear Vision

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In this episode of Read Receipt, we sit down with Ryan Babenzien and Arjan Singh, the co-founders of Jolie, a brand dedicated to transforming water filtration for better skin and health. Ryan, previously the founder of the popular footwear brand Greats, teamed up with Arjan, a skincare and wellness enthusiast, to tackle a common yet overlooked issue—impurities in shower water. With their innovative shower filter, Jolie aims to improve skin and hair health by removing contaminants from everyday tap water. Join us as Ryan and Arjan share their journey from ideation to product development, the science behind their technology, and the impact of cleaner water on overall wellness.

Tune in to discover how Jolie is setting a new standard in water filtration and the future plans for this groundbreaking brand.

Sit back, relax, and enjoy the conversation!

the Show Notes


Ryan Babenzien and Arjan Singh, co-founders of Jolie, share their inspiring journey from diverse backgrounds to creating a revolutionary shower filter that enhances skin and hair health by removing impurities from tap water. Jolie aims to set a new standard in water filtration with its innovative product designed to provide cleaner, healthier water for everyday use. Ryan and Arjan discuss the evolution of Jolie, the importance of addressing water quality for overall wellness, and the challenges of building a brand in the wellness space. The conversation explores their entrepreneurial experiences, the development of Jolie's products, and their vision for the future.


water filtration, skincare, wellness, entrepreneurship, brand building, Jolie, Ryan Babenzien, Arjan Singh


  1. Ryan Babenzien and Arjan Singh’s journey from diverse backgrounds to founding Jolie is driven by a passion for improving water quality and wellness.
  2. Jolie focuses on providing a high-quality shower filter that removes impurities from tap water to promote healthier skin and hair.
  3. Building a brand involves understanding market needs, listening to customer feedback, and maintaining a clear vision.
  4. The COVID-19 pandemic presented unique challenges but also opportunities for brands like Jolie to adapt and thrive.
  5. Ryan and Arjan’s dedication to innovative water filtration solutions drives the success of Jolie.

Sound Bites:

  • "Jolie started as a way to create cleaner, healthier water for everyday use, focusing on skin and hair benefits."
  • "Our goal is to provide high-quality water filtration that people can trust and enjoy."
  • "Building a brand requires understanding market needs and staying true to your vision."
  • "The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the importance of adaptability and innovation in business."
  • "Jolie is about providing clean, healthy water solutions that people can trust and feel confident using."


00:00 - Ryan and Arjan’s Background and Journey-
Ryan and Arjan introduce themselves and share their journey from diverse backgrounds to founding Jolie.

08:01 - The Inspiration Behind Jolie-
Ryan and Arjan discuss the personal and professional experiences that inspired them to create Jolie and the early days of the brand.

12:30 - Transitioning from Footwear to Water Filtration-
Ryan and Arjan explain their transition from their previous careers to starting a water filtration brand and the lessons learned.

23:17 - The Importance of Clean Water for Skin and Hair Health-
The conversation delves into how Jolie emphasizes the benefits of clean water for skin and hair health.

25:30 - Challenges and Opportunities During the Pandemic-
Ryan and Arjan talk about the challenges of pivoting during the COVID-19 pandemic and the opportunities it presented.

27:26 - Commitment to Quality and Innovation-
Ryan and Arjan highlight Jolie’s dedication to creating high-quality, effective water filtration products.

31:23 - Building a Strong Brand Identity-
The discussion explores the importance of a strong brand identity and connecting with consumers authentically.

36:02 - The Vision for Jolie-
Ryan and Arjan share their vision for the future of Jolie and their goals for the brand.

47:37 - Patience and Persistence in Entrepreneurship-
Ryan and Arjan emphasize the need for patience and persistence in achieving long-term success.

51:43 - Final Thoughts and Insights-
Ryan and Arjan wrap up the conversation with final thoughts and valuable insights for aspiring entrepreneurs.

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