Saturday, March 24, 2012
Today we went on a store visit to a local store downtown from our college. The store was owned by a man who worked his way up in the fashion industry from a high school drop-out retail sales associate to the regional president of a high fashion Italian menswear company in NYC. He has friends with designers and executives at major retailers and smaller boutiques. After the company went under after some unfortunate circumstances, he came back to his home town and opened a designer warehouse store with the samples he bought off the company and has been successful for the past 12 years. His biggest advice was to work hard and to make friends with everyone. And if you do clash with someone, to make up immediately. He says that those people he clashed with became his best friends. It was nice to see how someone so close to home made such a great career for himself over such a relatively short period of time.