Lindsay – Fashion Designer
What work do you do?
I am a fashion designer for my clothing label, Lindsay Nicholas New York. I also run the business which includes e-commerce, marketing and retail.
When you were at school did you know what you wanted to do?
I knew I loved fashion and design, but I never thought of it as a career. I was never particularly entrepreneurial and I always wanted the security of having an employer.
How did you get started?
In my 30’s I decided that fashion design was really where my passion was, so at night I took classes at Parsons School of Design in NYC. I worked in advertising during the day and studied at night and on the weekends for more than two years. But I didn’t actually start my label for another 12 years, because I still wanted the security of working for someone else.
What makes you feel powerful at work?
Daily “wins” make me feel powerful. Being able to see that my efforts paid off and that people like my product makes all of the hard work worthwhile. It makes me feel confident and for me, confidence equals power.
What are you afraid of?
I am afraid of failing, but I also know that if you don’t fail from time to time, you didn’t try hard enough. If you never fail, it means you never took a risk, and if you don’t take a risk, you won’t grow your business or grow as a person. Failure isn’t the opposite of success; it’s part of the path to get there.