Do you think it's important for the fashion industry to support new and upcoming talent?
Totally. But I think the fashion industry isn't great about that. It's definitely hard to break in. It’s a very competitive field, especially if you don’t start out knowing someone. I think people who have a lot of experience in this industry should reach out to younger people more who want to be in their shoes one day and vice versa.
It’s the circle of life.
Exactly, they’re not going to be in their position forever. It’s super helpful to have someone to look up to, who you can shadow or have as a mentor. I think that's something that the fashion industry can do a little bit of a better job at. I mean, obviously, we're all super busy. I actually just got a call from a girl at Syracuse who wants to be in this industry. I tried to give her as much time as I could, and tried to answer her questions honestly because I think it's really important to learn from someone who already has the job, if it's right for you, or if maybe you might want to go in different direction. So it's really important to reach out to the younger generation, because they're the future of the industry.
If we all stayed the same and didn’t foster new talent then we might not ever grow, and we’d be stuck in the place. The world with all its industries changes so much. We rely on a constant stream of new ideas!
Since we foster new talent, we’re in a place now where all of the industries are intertwined, so we have the opportunity to collaborate with other industries to create something completely new by hybridizing.