Brittany, an Owner and Designer in Piscataway, New Jersey
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I grew up in the suburban town of Piscataway, NJ. I went off to attend and graduate from Hampton University’s 5-year MBA program in May of 2015. While attending Hampton, I interned at a Big Four accounting for three summer internships. I started my career at the same accounting firm in their auditing practice at the beginning of 2016. During my first year in Corporate America, I realized that this profession was not for me. Every direction to get out of auditing was becoming blocked with no room left to go. Inside, my dream of opening my own clothing company was screaming to come out. While looking for alternatives within the firm, I worked on my brand Caliber X. Eventually, the firm and I came to the same conclusion and they let me go. Over the last 10 months, I’ve researched, designed, and networked with individuals within the fashion space to lead to my first collection launch in September.
What were important steps you had to take in order to be at your current position?
Before moving into the Big Four position, I had three internships with the firm. My courses were geared towards the accounting/auditing space as well. In my current position, I had no previous experience besides making my prom dress in high school and other small personal projects. I researched a accelerator program for aspiring designers that provided a ton of information on starting a sustainable fashion brand. I was able to further my knowledge by working fashion week, finding my manufacturer and other industry professionals through networking and using social media.
What are some things that you love about your job/career? Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I love the fact that I’m following a dream I’ve had since I was in elementary school. It’s doesn’t seem real that all the designs in my head are being implemented into my collection. I love creating my own hours. I don’t mind working on my brand at 10 o’clock at night on a Friday if it calls for it.
Within five years I hope to have an office space/design studio to create. (The couch won’t cut it forever.) I want to also create a program that enables young children the opportunity to design. I want to educate them on the opportunities available to build their own business and take control of their lives. I also see myself as an expert in this field and as a mentor for young entrepreneurs.
What advice do you have for someone first coming into a professional space?:
FOLLOW YOUR DREAMS
TRUST YOUR INSTINCT
Everything you need can be found in you. If something doesn’t feel in line with your spirit, listen to it. Continue to network and don’t be afraid to use them when the time comes.
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