In honor of Hillary Kerr and Katherine Power’s upcoming book, The Career Code: Must-Know Rules for a Strategic, Stylish, and Self-Made Career ($17), we’re kicking off an interview series featuring 17 questions (in honor of the book’s 17 chapters) about the work lives of the most inspirational female leaders in the fashion industry.
Our first subject? None other than the beloved (and wicked-smart) designer Rebecca Minkoff. She is our ideal kickoff candidate, as she’s known for her innovation in the design sphere. From introducing touchscreen technology on the mirrors in her dressing rooms to being the first American designer to shift her fashion week show to a see-now, buy-now schedule, Minkoff has always been a trailblazer, which is why we were so thrilled she agreed to be our inaugural profile subject.
The self-made entrepreneur launched her first bag a little over a decade ago and since then has grown her namesake brand to include a wide range of accessories and apparel that can be found in over 900 stores worldwide. We’ll say that again: 900. Stores. Worldwide. If you don’t own one of her pieces yourself (get on it already!), we bet you know someone who does. Not to mention she is an active member of the CFDA and has multiple philanthropic endeavors.
In plain words, the woman is a powerhouse, so keep scrolling to see how she answered our most burning career questions.
“Female entrepreneur and fashion designer. creative director and co-founder of Rebecca Minkoff.”
“It’s not at all glamorous!”
“A flowy printed dress and a jacket I thought was extremely cool at the time.”
“Fellow female entrepreneurs. I love to learn from them and bounce ideas off each other. Joanna Coles, Anne Fulenweider, Jessica Alba, Shiza Shahid co founder of Malala Fund.”
“Every day, I check Instagram, WWD, and Business of Fashion.”
“For a brief moment, I considered dropping my goal as a designer and working at a restaurant full time. Luckily, my brother saw to it that that didn’t happen. He stepped in and is now CEO of our company!”
“Entrepreneurial, creative, passionate, collaborative, and someone who takes initiative.”
“I always need to be comfortable; otherwise I don’t feel like myself. I feel best in a great moto jacket, skinny jeans, and a great pair of boots.”
“Caring, ambitious, supermom!, funny, dedicated, loving, hardworking.”
“I love taking a walk in the city. It clears my head and helps me restart.”
"Do it with calmness and don't let any negativity as part of it enter in. People remember how someone leaves, so if you do, leave on the most positive terms. Don't bite the hand that fed and supported you."
“When I order lunch to the office, I love getting the kale salad with grilled chicken from Westville. If I’m going out, I absolutely love going to ABC Kitchen or ABC Cocina. They are my absolute favorites.”
“Being impatient. Things take time, and not everything happens all at once or exactly when you want them to. When you start a new job, don’t forget to listen. Absorb everything you can early on.”
“I work out twice a week with my trainer, which helps so much with any stress I have that day. Aside from that, cooking at home and spending time with my husband and kids is the perfect night. A glass of wine at home on the couch always hits the spot.”
“Even if your dream seems unattainable, you can achieve it if you stay focused, driven, and diligent. Keeping good people around you—people who love you and have your best interest in mind are incredibly important.”
“Having our first See Buy Wear show was so exciting and a huge success. We want to continue using that model, so I’m excited about the fall show!”
If you could ask the designer one question, what would it be? Let us know in the comments below, and then shop Rebecca Minkoff’s new arrivals.