When I graduated from college I dreamed of becoming a fashion buyer. During the big career woman boom in the late 1980s I spent four years working as a store manager at Plymouth Shops, a division of Allied Stores Corporation that owned the market in New York at the time. What I enjoyed the most about managing the store was selling and merchandising. I always looked forward to re-arranging the selling floor and working with the visual merchandising team to create the window displays. Just now I remembered how much I enjoyed reading Barbara Taylor Bradford ’s A Woman Of Substance, a saga about the fortunes of a retail empire and the business elite across three generations. I also read the sequels Hold The Dream, To Be The Best, and Emma’s Secret. Emma Harte was my favorite heroine at the time.
It always amazes me how everything does happen for a reason. I didn’t stay in fashion because I didn’t want to pursue a career as a buyer, I wanted to go back to college and get a masters in science and I did. I always asked myself what was the purpose of me working at Plymouth. Perhaps it is because I plan to design, market and sell a T-shirt and Jewelry collection in the near future.
I have always been a fan of the CHANEL brand. I love everything about the company and its products. The only perfume I wear is CHANEL No 5, and the cosmetics are my top choice. A lot of thought and creativity goes into fashion. For me it isn’t just about what you wear, but the quality and meaning behind every piece of jewelry, clothing and shoe I wear.
If I have chosen the diamond, it is because it represents in its density the greatest value in the smallest volume. - Gabrielle Chanel