Monday, February 7, 2011

Featured Style Expert: Rebecca Minkoff

An industry leader in contemporary luxury handbags, accessories, and apparel, Rebecca Minkoff’s playful and subtly edgy designs are a favorite of girls everywhere - from downtown to uptown, in the US and abroad.

In the recent months, you have had the amazing opportunity to not only design a handbag for Rebecca Minkoff but also show how you'd style her spring collection for the runway. And now we're thrilled to have Rebecca as our Featured Style Expert this week!

We caught up with Rebecca to ask her some questions:

Why did you want to become a designer?

I was a dancer throughout high school. My dance teachers told me that I was too tall, too long, and I threw off the symmetry. I wasn’t able to perform in any of the shows because of my height and my long arms, so they put me in the costume department. It was a performing arts high school and had a serious costume department; I started learning in depth how to make patterns, construct garments, and drape garments. At 17, I wasn’t interested in college, and my brother knew designer Craig Taylor, and called him up to get me an internship. At 18, I moved to New York City to begin the internship and I worked with Craig Taylor for two years. The CEO allowed me to work on my own clothing line when I had free time during the day… and that’s how it all began.

What's been your career highlight or favorite professional moment?

The highlight of my career was the first time I saw someone carrying my bag. I still get excited and sometimes stop them on the street and ask how they like their bag, and where they bought it from.

Who do you get your inspiration from?

Most of my inspiration comes from traveling. I’m constantly taking pictures and exploring new places. Being amongst different cultures I think is pretty inspiring.

What advice would you give to aspiring designers and stylists?

Be persistent!!

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