How did you decide that you wanted to pursue fashion?
I’ve always loved clothes – loved putting stuff together. But at Williams, there’s no major for fashion. I went in thinking I was going to be a theater major because junior year you took a costume design class. When I got to sophomore year, they cut the costume class.
I went to career services junior year and told them that I was into fashion, but they just showed me marketing jobs for Pepsi and Coke. I tried to do that because it was still creative and offered some security, but it wasn’t a good fit.
I did a photo shoot one winter study. I called all my friends and told them to bring their craziest clothes. I styled everybody and teased their hair out. It was so fun, and I realized, ‘this is what I want to do. I don’t know why I’m fighting it.’
But after graduation, I realized that I needed an actual job and doing random photo shoots can’t pay bills. So I did an advertising internship, and the CEO took me to lunch and told me, ‘this isn’t for you.’ Then I did a PR internship and the owner of that company said the same thing.
My college roommate told me that a designer was looking for an intern so I started interning as an errand girl, and that whole world blew my mind. I said, ‘this is what I want to do. Let me stop acting like I need to be in this corporate world when I don’t fit in that world.’