I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas. I spent mine in Vegas and had a blast! Last Tuesday I posted it that today we had in the blog Kerry Bannigan of nolchanetwork.com. I hope you guys enjoy her interview and use her wonderful web site as a resource.
1. How did you get into fashion? Tell me how and when everything started.
When I moved to NYC from UK in 2004 I met many people in the fashion industry. I was surrounded by creative talent and yet they had no business know-how and this caused their brands to suffer. I would offer advice from my business background and noticed that there was a need for more prominent business resources to educate the new talent in this field. In 2006 I met my business partner, Arthur Mandel, and we launched www.nolchanetwork.com as an online service creating a platform for fashion industry networking, business advice and resources. From there we have expanded into major events in NYC and London, plus a print publication.
2. When did you first know that you wanted to be in the fashion industry?
I never knew that I wanted to be in the fashion industry, it just happened over time. However I enjoy being in an industry that is creative, that has the ability to have so much beauty and the events are a bonus ;o)
3. If you weren’t in the fashion industry, what would you like to be doing?
If I was not in the fashion industry then I would be in the medical field. I have always been intrigued by psychology and would have enjoyed pursuing a career in this direction.
4. Tell us about your fabulous web site and other projects that you are working on?
Nolchanetwork.com is a member’s only global fashion industry career network. The community consists of reputable fashion industry contacts who are seeking to connect with professionals ranging from designers, retailers, stylists, publicists, manufacturers, models, recruiters and more. The network is designed specifically for people to meet industry insiders, build international connections and empower their brand/career.
I am currently working on Nolcha Fashion Week: NYC and talent scouting for runway and accessory designers. For any designers interested they should email firstname.lastname@example.org
5. How would you describe your personal style?
Classic look. Black and red are my colors. Fitted dress with high heels are my staple look. I prefer personality statement and fit over trend and practicality. When I am home I like to relax in a hoodie, shorts and tube socks. Behind closed doors it is all about the comfort!
6. Who are your favorite designers?
I am a big fan of emerging fashion designers and a few of my favourites this season are Catherina Eden, Nico Kubisch and LanVy-NYC. For established designers I really like Alexander McQueen, Roberto Cavalli and Catherine Malandrino.
7. If you had a choice of all designers in the world, who would you prefer to work for? Why?
Norma Kamali work ethic inspires me as she gives back so much to the community and the education system. Currently she is working with Wal-Mart to provide affordable suits for school teachers. I would love to spend a day with Alexander McQueen.
8. Are there any special projects you would like to work on?
It is my dream to work with Richard Branson of Virgin. I have a few things in the pipeline and I will make sure to let you know when they happen. Outside of my job I have always wanted to be a Bond Girl if that counts as a special project ;o)
9. Which magazines do you read? Which magazine is your favorite?
I read Forbes, Entrepreneur and Wall Street Journal. I like to flick through Vogue as I enjoy the advertising campaigns. Although I work in the fashion industry I am not a fashionista. I am in the fashion business world so following the financial and business news is important to me.
10. What do you see in the stores that you think is really great?
At the moment I am obsessed with the cute laptop cases as I carry mine with me constantly, and I want it to look like a sexy accessory. I love laptop bags or finding bags that I can use to carry my laptop in.
11. What motivates you?
Following the life stories and lessons of successful business people such as Richard Branson, Bill Gates and Gordon Ramsey. Being surrounded by positive and supportive people is key to me as it pushes me. Also a big motivator for me is sealing a big deal and then pushing myself to do something bigger next time.
12. What’s next for you?
There are many things in the pipeline for Nolcha and 2009 is going to be an excellent year, including occupying retail space in Manhattan and Nolcha Fashion Week: NYC September 2009 expanding its opportunities for emerging designers.
Join www.nolchanetwork.com to stay up to date and find out what is happening.
A sincere “thank you” to Kerry Bannigan for her profound responses and valuable time!