Tell us a little about your background!
I am 22 - I have lived in California, Texas and for the past 11 years New York City. I originally thought I was going to pursue a career as a professional dancer and later become an arts critic. I attended a performing arts high school here in the city which definitely cultivated my interest and appreciation for culture at an early age. I think that definitely played a role my awareness and affinity for personal style.
When did you launch The Style Line? What inspired you to become a storyteller by profession?
The Style Line was born via tumblr as a street-style centric and interview-based blog in late January 2011. It featured (and still currently does feature!) SNAPSHOT STYLE profiles of everyday people with unique style. It was inspired by the idea of movement and exploration and the name in fact, was inspired by the NYC transit system. Similar to the movement of a train, the idea was to have the content feature different “stops” in the city and share the stories and style of a particular neighborhood. As the site gained traction, many readers reached out asking for follow-up to the stories they were reading. They wanted to know what was going on in these people’s lives beyond just what they were wearing. I realized that the two primary components of The Style Line’s brand DNA were style and storytelling. When I relaunched the site, last August (by building our .com address), I wanted to expand this idea on a global scale and really hone in on the idea of storytelling in the fashion and creative industries.
What is the best part, in your opinion, of living and working in NYC? How has New York played a role in the success of The Style Line?
New York at it's core celebrates communal values. Growing up and working here I've come to learn that for as much as the city empowers the individual, one's personal and professional growth hinges on the ability and willingness to connect with others and one's surroundings. I think city environments in general play and integral role when developing a business - But in any case, the diversity within New York has forced me to open my eyes and I've realized that there is an even bigger world outside of the already big apple.
Every startup company has had it's ups and downs. What are some memorable highlights for you from over the years?
I am incredibly lucky in the sense that I have learned so much, being that The Style Line has only officially be in it's start-up phase (as a formed company) for a little over a year! In this year alone, I have had the opportunity to meet and feature many incredibly creative and forward-thinking individuals and companies. But a big highlight (aside from working on our awesome Style A-Z series!) was partnering with the inspiring Melissa Joy Manning and CFDA on The Echo Collection.
All-in-all this entire process has been incredibly rewarding in itself. I can only imagine what the future holds. :)
Now that 2014 is winding down, what's next for you and The Style Line?
Quite a lot! I have a pretty big expansion plan for 2015 and obviously want to continue working with amazing people in our community. I also look forward to growing our global contributor-network. Stay tuned!
Lastly, is there any advice you'd like to share with Young & Able's community of aspiring designers and creative entrepreneurs?
Ask yourself the tough questions, stay open and excited and don't deny yourself of a personal life... Your mind and body will thank you!
Check out The Style Line X Young & Able's Style A-Z Series featuring 26 emerging designers from our holiday pop-up!
Interview by Jennifer Wang