When most people think about working in fashion, all they think about is being a designer. But did you know there are a lot of other really cool jobs out there in fashion? Like a pattern maker career? A lot of the time, these jobs are less competitive than being a designer (but still as fun and creative).
Aileen Coyle is a perfect example of someone who decided to explore opportunities outside of "designer". She now works as a pattern maker in LA. At first, she was set on being a designer to use her creativity. But after getting her feet wet as a pattern maker, she realized it was just as creative and that she really loved it.
In the interview, Aileen and I discuss:
Why she loves her pattern maker career more than being a designer How her German education set her up for success (hint: their system is really different than the US) Why she keeps in touch with past coworkers, bosses and industry friends (hint: it's how she's found most of her jobs) What she didn't love about working in fast fashion How she's grown her career and worked her way up in the industry by networking The different job opportunities and responsibilities for pattern makers Guest Info & Resources Aileen on LinkedIn Enjoy the show? Help us out by: Rating us on iTunes - it really helps! Subscribing on iTunes - I appreciate each and every one of you!