Have you contacted a company due to your dissatisfaction with their product and benefitted from the interaction? As a young startup, we’re eager to receive any constructive feedback our early adopters are willing to provide.
This week, a user sent us a DM on Twitter asking how to delete her profile on STYL. Instead of receiving a sorry message and the instructions she requested, she experienced a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
Chinye’re Brown is an aspiring professional stylist who is just beginning her foray into the style and fashion industry. Chinye’re joined STYL’s neighborhood after reading interviews about her favorite celebrity stylist, Cary Robinson, and discovering that she is a part of the team developing STYL.
After learning about Chinye’res admiration of Cary and for taking the time to download and make an ASK on STYL, we presented her with the opportunity to have a 1 on 1 video call with the business woman she admired most! We followed up with Chinye’re after her video call with Cary Robinson and spoke with her about her passion for the fashion industry, her personal style, and her desire to become a personal stylist.
STYL: What about Cary Robinson attracts you to her work?
CHINYE'RE BROWN: I was looking at a few of her client’s Instagram accounts and I noticed a finger-print that’s sleek, well-put-together, and tailor-made for that person. Jasmine Tookes, Cary’s daughter, is always on point in whatever she’s wearing whether it be a formal dress or loungewear, she’s always presentable.
In my opinion, Cary’s signature has a clean, put-together, timeless feel and she makes it look so easy even though I know she puts a lot of effort into it.
What were you most looking forward to asking Cary?
CB: I went into the video call thinking this is a real woman. There are certain people who have a leg up on everyone else breaking into an industry, and here was someone that worked their way in through grit and hard work.
I was most interested in how Cary got her first break as a personal stylist and how she created her body of work. As we talked we found that we had so many similarities and she made me feel comfortable knowing that she faced the same struggles.
She also told me the truth about the fashion industry and how she manages her business. I learned that there are times when you may go a week between jobs, and you have to be very respectful and responsible with your resources and planning.
What was the most impactful advice Cary shared with you?
CB: Cary shared so much with me but most important was her encouragement to keep breaking through walls. I wanted it to happen immediately, but she reinforced that becoming a personal stylist doesn’t happen overnight and that I need to be persistent.
She taught me that it’s not always about being in the right place at the right time, but to always be resilient. She gave me incredible insight on how to make connections with the people that are around me and who have similar passions for the industry. She stressed that you don’t have to be in New York to build your portfolio to get your start.
This was the most honest and heartfelt conversation I’ve had with anyone in the fashion industry. It felt like I was sitting in my living room having the most sincere and friendly conversation with my idol.
I shared with Cary that I abandoned my fashion blog because I felt like a sack of sand on the beach. Everyone and their mom has a fashion blog and it was discouraging. She told me, if you love it, do it. You don’t have to be the household name to be successful. I had a follower in Morocco that was a regular reader of my blog. Cary advised that if I’d have looked at it from the other perspective, that there’s somebody out there on the other side of the world that cares about my opinion and what I write, that I would have been encouraged to continue writing and helping others.
I feel a lot more confident about the obstacles of working in the fashion industry and how I can set out to accomplish my goals. The reality of working as a personal stylist is that it looks different for different people. Some people have a blog full-time, others work part-time, and some are blessed like Cary where they get to style full-time.
Chinye’re how would you describe your personal style?
CB: I prefer to be comfortable while also always being presentable. I like to call this a sleek yet relaxed look, that’s inspired by models that you see on the streets of New York when they’re going about their everyday lives.
My fashion sense is still a work in progress, but it’s definitely feminine and laid back. The things that I gravitate to are very feminine, I get a lot of outfit inspo from Raf Simons. I want my outfits to be uniquely me so that I can wear them to the grocery store or anywhere else and not have it be overbearingly restrictive.
Why do you want to become a personal stylist and do you have any experience styling others?
CB: Styling to me is like a fingerprint – there's no one way to style anyone because everyone’s fashion sense is unique. A personal stylist is an artist and his/her vision assists in enhancing the beauty that is already inside each client.
I’ve styled family and friends for special events. I used to work as a sales associate in the clothing section of a department store. Even though it was my responsibility to only sell the clothes, I took pleasure in styling customers for formal events, dates, job interviews and weddings.
When did you realize you wanted to become a professional stylist?
CB: A couple of semesters after I started art school in college. I started as a fashion design major but realized I really wasn’t a fan of sewing. I wanted to be more of the person that tells the story of fashion through styling myself and friends. I built lots of mood boards, and I was studying the Rococo era and I really wanted to replicate that.
The Rococo era is kinda similar to a very bubbly soft era that started in France. Maria Antonette is what people think of. It imitates the line and caricatures of shells. Vivienne Westwood likes to imitate that look.
I want to pick certain eras of fashion throughout history and implement it into people’s everyday lives so that when they’re walking down the street people are absolutely wowed and want to ask them about their outfits because it’s so uniquely them, it wouldn’t look good on anyone else because they are wearing it with so much confidence.
For all of the users on STYL that are looking for new members of their Inner Circle, what kind of outfit advice do you think you best offer?
CB: I have been enjoying special event outfits. Looks for going to weddings and special dates. I feel like less is more so for weddings and events I want to help people dress so that it looks effortless. You don’t need all the extras to look your best, it’s about the fit and colors that you incorporate.
To invite Chinye’re to be a member of your Inner Circle and receive her valuable outfit advice when you urgently need it, navigate to the ‘Discover’ section of STYL’s menu and search: CC Brown.
At STYL, our early adopters are our most valuable source of information, and we carefully consider each suggestion and critique so that we can continue to improve their experience of receiving and providing honest but kind outfit advice on STYL so that everyone can Dress Confidently, Together™.
- Conor Sammartin is a Co-Founder at STYL