I recently had the pleasure of meeting Aaron, a past BP. Teen Fashion Board Member and current Nordstrom employee. He came to talk to my Fashion Board about the opportunities that the Board opened up to him, and we later sat down to talk some more. I thought I’d share some of his experiences because it might be helpful for any of you who are interested in a career in the fashion industry.
Aaron is currently a senior in high school and works in the t.b.d. department of his local Nordstrom. He got his start at Nordstrom by being on the BP. Teen Fashion Board, and then he became an assistant personal stylist! After a year spent as an assistant to the stylists, he transitioned to the sales floor. But Aaron’s achievements aren’t limited to Nordstrom; he also started a fashion magazine at his high school that showcases prom and homecoming style. As well, he was the teen correspondant for our city’s fashion magazine and attended Teen Vogue‘s Fashion University.
So what are Aaron’s keys to success?
1. Networking. “We are so involved in technology that we are afraid to network—to talk to people,” he says. Aaron stresses the importance of making connections in the fashion world, because many of the opportunities he’s had are the result of meeting photographers, designers, stylists and publicists.
2. Staying current. Aaron recommends reading as many publications as you can. “You must be current if you want to succeed.”
3. Being patient. “Be patient and nice. Don’t operate on a timeline.” The fashion world is all about interpersonal communication, so it is really important to be friendly and patient.
I ended our interview by asking him about some of his fashion favorites:
Fashion must-have? “Smoking slippers—I have three pairs.”
So where does Aaron want to end up in the fashion world? Publishing. With his initiative, passion and people skills, I have no trouble imagining him in the offices of Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar or Vanity Fair. Good luck, Aaron!