Rebecca Minkoff taught budding designers on how to make it as a fashion designer. She joined the Wall Street Journal Fashion chat on Jan. 31.The chat took place on the Spreecast website at 12 noon. Rebecca joined jewelry designer Danielle Snyder and clothing designer Mara Hoffman.
Rebecca answered aspiring designers' questions during the web chat. She also gave insight onto how she got into the fashion industry.
She taught herself how to sew at eight years old. By the time she was 18, she moved to New York City to make her big break.
In the year 2005, Minkoff designed her first handbag. She got noticed by fashion bloggers and writers. Her handbag sold out, almost immediately. Rebecca also got picked up by Bloomindales and Saks Fifth Avenue.
The handbag designer also offered some advice to entrepreneurs. She told designers to develop a thick skin and educate themselves.
Minkoff had to learn the business side of the industry. The former bill collector and salesperson sold her handbags door to door. She admitted that her job wasn't always that glamorous.
Rebecca is also preparing for New York Fashion Week, debuting Feb. 8. When she hits a roadblock on designing, she finds inspiration within an area or a culture. She'll use that area's color palette to get her ideas.
She mentioned that the week before Fashion Week is hectic. Right now, she's currently checking on incoming samples and casting new models. She added that the time period from September to February is unfair, especially with the busy holiday season.
Rebecca Minkoff also gave inspiring fashion designers a peek at her daily life. She said that she may have to attend press lunches or media outings throughout the day. As a mom and a designer, she has to find a way to juggle it all. Still, she wouldn't want to do anything else.
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