Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Women Who Inspire Us: Fashion Designer, Lindsay Hayes

I love featuring inspiring women who are working in different careers to give insight into what they do in their job and give some tips for how to get there. Today, I'm profiling Lindsay Hayes, an incredibly talented fashion designer! She breaks down how she got her start and knew she wanted to be a designer in our Q&A with her today. 

Lindsay offers some great words of  wisdom for anyone looking to work their way into the fashion industry. Isn't it amazing when you can be working in a job that you love? Thank you so much to Lindsay for sharing a look at what it's like to be a fashion designer.

LPF: When did you realize you wanted to become a designer?

Lindsay: I'd always been creative and as a child would spend my weekends painting and drawing.  As I got older this translated into a love of fashion.  I knew I wanted to be a designer as soon as I realized that combining these things was in fact an actual job that someone would pay me to do!

LPF: How did you get started as a designer?

Lindsay: I studied fashion marketing in England and as part of the 4 year course, I undertook a work placement designing accessories at Monsoon Accessorize in London.  I loved every minute of it so when they offered me a full time job I jumped at the chance.

LPF: What's been your proudest moment in your career?

Lindsay: There have been a lot of moments I've been proud of but one of the earlier ones was when one of my handbag designs made the front cover of a UK fashion magazine

LPF: Favorite piece you've ever designed?

Lindsay: That's a tough one as my designs for each of the companies I've worked for have been so different!  I'd probably have to choose a leather bag I designed for Abercrombie & Fitch.  At the time, it was the first elevated handbag collection that had made it to production at A&F.

LPF: Advice for anyone looking to work in design?

Lindsay: Get as much work experience as possible and try and learn as much from each of them as you can. Unpaid work experience might mean working for free but it's definitely not working for nothing.

LPF: How do you get inspired/where do you find inspiration?

Lindsay: Everywhere!  Friends & family, coworkers, travel, social media!

Thank you again for sharing us with Lindsay! I couldn't agree more with her advice about getting as much experience as you can. I think that's the thing that's helped me most in my career path as well. 

xoxo, lauren

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