I came across an article in this months Elle magazine where numerous well-known, well dressed women, in and out of the fashion industry shared their stories on a moment in time that was impacted by our wonderful world of fashion. And reading those stories kind of got me thinking about what mine was…
Fashion has always been a big part of my life, even though I had no clue… shopping is always been my thing. Now I know most girls love shopping, but I mean literally spending hours going I and out of stores just to find that hand full of items at the best price (cause that is the only way a girl on a budget could survive, duh! Most had thrift store, I unfortunately only got introduced to those later in life, so bargain hunting and comparing prices of the regular retailers at the mall was my thing (trying on pretty things put a smile on my face). The excitement that was within my 9 year old self when Menlyn Mall was completed, over 300 stores were opened and let’s just say I spent a lot of time there! I always wished I could shop for a living, not knowing it was an actual line of work at the time, it was just a far off dream of a little girl from Pretoria.
I didn’t even know the line of work I’m in even existed, until I discovered Lisof a year before I started there, back in ’08, on their commercial. I loved clothes and dreamed of somehow getting involved in it all, though I didn’t quite see myself as a fashion designer… as that was pretty much the only field in fashion known to most people of colour. Little did I know, many years later, shopping [all over the world] would be a considerable part of my retail buying job, along with comparing prices and all of that!
Make sure you go get a copy of the May issue of Elle magazine to read some of the stories that inspired this post, and might inspire you to discover you passion for fashion or simply share your thoughts.