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.
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.