Where does your inspiration come from when designing for each collection?
In each collection, I find a consistent source of inspiration in designing for the woman who wear my clothes. With every line, I imagine where the coming months will take her – in her career, her travels, her friendships – constructing a wardrobe around her wants and needs for the upcoming season.
What’s a typical day like for you?
There is really no typical day in our office, which is one of the things I love most about my job. I’ve learned that being a designer means being an excellent multi-tasker, so I’m always balancing collections, clients, deliveries, design work, you name it.
You interned at Vogue. Do you have any advice for girls looking to land amazing internships in fashion?
Experience is key – and with that, no experience is too great or too small. We hire interns at our company today and we’re always impressed by those standouts who come to us with a passion for the industry as a whole. In fashion, I believe it’s particularly important to work in all sectors of the industry. For instance, if you want to become a designer, spend time working in retail on a sales floor; intern with a department store buying office, a stylist, and in a designer’s operations department. Public relations firms, marketing and branding agencies, and factoring companies are all amazing places to learn about the business of fashion and how all of its moving parts are connected. Having a sense of the industry in the round is the most important asset in excelling in your career.
What is next for you and your line?
The Spring 2013 Collection! We are in development for the upcoming season and I could not be more excited to get back to designing. Also look out for hosiery and much more bridal in the months to come!
“Every collection and design I do usually starts with a drawing…Here Iʼm sketching the print inspiration from my fall 2012 collection. By the way, this amazing pen is Caran dʼAche; my assistant Madison got me totally hooked on these!!”