“My husband and I moved from Los Angeles to San Francisco a few weeks after our wedding in 2014. He was offered a job in the Bay Area and we decided to make the jump. I was eager to find a job that would build off of my six years of experience working as an assistant designer in L.A., and it turned out I was in the right place at the right time! A recruiter put me in touch with CAMP Collection and the rest was history.
This is my #girlbossmoment, because it represents how far I’ve come in the apparel industry and how proud I am to be the designer for CAMP Collection. The brand’s inspiration—summer camp nostalgia and girls in groups having fun—clicked with me immediately. I have a collaborative boss and a team that allows me to explore countless ideas and learn things along the way. This is truly my dream job!
It’s been thrilling to watch my designs come to life as the company has grown so quickly in a short amount of time. The 15-year-old me would be happy to know that all that time I spent sketching clothes in notebook margins did not go to waste.”
Three pieces of advice to aspiring Girlbosses:
1. Try to learn as much as you can about what you do and become an expert. All the time I spent trying on clothes and touching fabrics was giving me an education about fit, drape, composition and color. Along the same lines, if you don’t know something, try to learn it! You may develop a new skill that you might not have otherwise.
2. Own up to your mistakes. It’s better to explain something that went wrong when it happens rather than six months later when there’s a domino effect from a coverup. Try to view mistakes as great learning opportunities; most bosses will want to know what you’d do differently next time and then move on from it.
3. Measure twice, cut once. This doesn’t just apply to apparel; it means double check your work! If you don’t have time to do something right the first time, then you better have time to re-do it, because chances are you will be doing it over again.