Describe your style and inspirations.
My style is a cross between Patti Smith and Morticia Addams. I originally started dressing the way I do to piss off my parents. It just sort of stuck with me. Everyone thought that I was going through a phase, but I do love a lot of black. I have an eye for edgy avant garde pieces and have always showed appreciation towards the punk movement. Dressing up in black has always been my style for quite a while now and I don’t think it will change any time soon.
Where did you go for school and what did you study?
I graduated from UC Berkeley. Majored in molecular and cellular Biology, which has nothing to do with my career. However, people gained mutual respect for me because it is so different from where my interest lie.
"It taught me what I didn’t like in order to find what I did like."
What made you move towards Fashion as a Career path?
Freshman year, one of my room mates dragged me into a meeting for this club called “Fashion and Student Trends.” I had no Idea what the club was about. At the time, designing had always been a secret passion of mine. The club would organize a fashion show that features original designs by Berkeley students. The entire production is very well done. It drew hundreds and hundreds of attention toward individuals in and out of school. The best part about it was that the proceeds went to charity.
Being involved with this organization for a long time, they decided to throw me a curveball and elected me as president. Through the organization I learned more about the Fashion Scholarship Fund (CFDA for fashion students). I applied on a whim and during the interview I was told in advance that I wouldn’t get awarded because my major was whack.
In a turn of events I did manage to win the award and they flew me out to New York for their Industry dinner. That’s where I met recruiters and found myself an internship.
What’re you looking forward to when you finally move to New York?
Honestly, I’m just looking forward to working. I don’t really know how to handle free time, so I’m pretty much a workaholic.
I really love buying and planning which is an aspect of fashion that determines what would sell in stores, so that’s going to be my area. I will be doing the executive program for Macys under buying and planning.
What do you want to achieve this year?
Working instead of being in school. Definitely getting a paycheck. Also looking forward to getting to know the fashion community in New York City, especially the very abstract and underground designers.
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