PS: Where did you study and intern to get where you are?
KJ: I always wanted to do what I’m doing now but wasn’t exactly sure how to get there since there isn’t a clear path in this industry. Straight out of high school I moved to NYC and went to the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) for Fashion Design.
While at school I had a few amazing internship opportunities — I landed an internship at MTV Networks in the wardrobe department and eventually started another in the costume department at the television show Gossip Girl. I was exposed to every designer brand and was able to help define and create trends, both of which were an amazing experience!
After graduation, I enrolled at the London College of Fashion to receive my Master’s Degree in Fashion History and Culture. As my studies were coming to a close, I began working at Net-a-Porter. This was my first foray into e-commerce.
When I moved back to NYC, I began working full time at Lucky Magazine (the magazine all about shopping — what could be more fitting?) in the editorial department. I split my time between writing short pieces for the print magazine and digital sites, as well as supporting editorial operations.
After a brief stint at a media agency called Say Media, I found my way to Shopbop where I’ve been for the past two years as the market editor. My role miraculously, yet perfectly, encompasses all of my previous experience.