As a globally worn fashion designer with over a decade of success in the fashion industry, Rebecca Minkoff hardly needs any introduction. That said we could not be more thrilled to have her on Episode 3 of #HangingOut, to shed a light on what it truly takes to make it in the concrete jungle.
Having moved to the Big Apple at the tender age of 18, Rebecca knows that the city can make or break you. Lead by her dream to design fashion, her version of the „I Love New York“ shirt became a sensation in 2001. Four years later marked the birth of her most iconic bag up to date: the Morning After Bag, carried and adored by fashionistas around the globe.
After focusing on handbags to kick off her career, Rebecca introduced apparel to her label in 2009. Today her „downtown-romantic“ ready-to-wear lines and accessories are a global success, as she runs the company together with her brother Uri Minkoff.
Lucky for us, she found the time to talk fashion, fearless women and family business:
WHAT WAS YOUR DREAM JOB GROWING UP?
WHAT’S THE BEST THING ABOUT YOUR JOB?
Never a dull moment!
WHAT’S THE WORST THING ABOUT YOUR JOB?
I think when I was starting out, I used to get really bummed if a style that I really believed in didn’t perform well. Now I’ve learned to roll with the punches.
IF YOU HAD TO PICK A DIFFERENT CAREER TODAY, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
I love what I do, so I wouldn’t change it, but if I didn’t do this, I think I would be a private eye, I love to investigate.
YOU MOVED TO NYC TO PURSUE YOUR DREAM OF BECOMING A FASHION DESIGNER. DO YOU THINK IT’S ESSENTIAL TO GO TO FASHION SCHOOL TO WORK IN THIS INDUSTRY?
No, the fashion industry has evolved over time and become increasingly diverse which allows for many different opportunities. If the passion is there and the openness to learn, you can go a long way.
WHAT IS THE STARTING POINT OF A NEW COLLECTION? WHERE DO YOU FIND INSPIRATION?
Determining new trends is just a feeling, and sometimes you’re right and sometimes you’re wrong. Much of my inspiration comes from traveling and the people or photographers I find. I’m always paying close attention to the prints or patterns in my surroundings.
Full interview can be found HERE: