Char­lotte Si­mone, 27

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Job Ti­tle: Founder of Char­lotte Si­mone

Job De­scrip­tion: De­sign­ing Char­lotte Si­mone ac­ces­sories, run­ning the busi­ness day to day

GET in­spired I stud­ied Eng­lish Lit­er­a­ture and Art at New York Univer­sity but when I ended up in Paris dur­ing my third year, that’s when my pas­sion for ac­ces­sories sprung to life. I was so in­spired by how chic Parisian women were and how they could build an en­tire out­fit from a sin­gu­lar ac­ces­sory. I knew I could cre­ate some­thing like that.

Make Work ex­pe­ri­ence Mat­ter I man­aged to get an in­tern­ship with wom­enswear de­signer Char­lotte Ron­son as well as an in­tern­ship at Brides mag­a­zine. I just wanted to get im­mersed in that world.

USE your CON­TACTS I re­ally be­lieved I could do it, so not know­ing where to re­ally be­gin, I called in my friend. She was study­ing at Par­sons School of De­sign in Man­hat­tan and I made my first scarf with her in the gar­ment dis­trict – it was an ad hoc learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence but I think it was the best way.

GET STUCK in When you have a pas­sion for some­thing that you do, you have to give it ev­ery­thing. My first range was only three scarves! I sim­ply

took my sam­ples and went straight to the stores to show them my col­lec­tion. I found that most buy­ers were ex­cited by a young girl go­ing out and try­ing it on her own.

Take ad­vice I think it’s re­ally im­por­tant to find some­one you trust and can seek ad­vice and sup­port from. You need a men­tor who has ex­pe­ri­ence within the busi­ness world and some­one who can help you plan to al­low you to move for­ward.

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