For all my years as an editor, Rebecca Taylor has been one of my favorite designers, she’s “as easy to work with as her clothes are to wear”. I sported her dresses to more events than I can count, fashion shows, and through two pregnancies. (Those boho dresses work like a dream on a bump!!) What really endears her to me though is the the tone she sets with her team; anything is possible, work smart, not hard, and have fun every day. We can all use a little more of that in our work day. So work hard, have fun, oh and don’t forget to look good!
Tell us a little about your career path?
Growing up my mother made all of our clothes, I remember all of the details that went into each piece. I went to school for design in New Zealand and was a trained patternmaker. When I arrived in the US I began working for a 7th Ave. designer, whom I had met through friends and the rest is history.
What inspires your designs?
I am inspired everyday by so much, music, books, art, travel, people in NYC. I am constantly inspired by my surroundings, there is never a lack of inspiration.
What do you want women to feel like in your designs?
Comfortable and confident. I want them to feel good about themselves and have fun with fashion.
What do like to keep in your workspace to encourage productivity?
A playlist of 80’s music, diet coke, chocolate, pics of the kids and paper and pencil for sketching.
Are there any rules you should follow when working with a friend?
Always respect each other’s roles and responsibilities.
What would you tell yourself 1 year into your business, 5 years into your business?
Pinch me is this real?
How do you aspire to be as a leader, and what kind of tone do you want to set at Rebecca Taylor?
As a leader I aspire to be a mentor to my team but learn from them at the same time. Everyone has a very interesting perspective. The tone I like to set at Rebecca Taylor is that anything is possible, work smart not just hard, and have fun every day.
If you could attribute a few things to your success, what would they be?
I would say my Kiwi upbringing and ideals. Kiwi’s are thought anything is possible at a very young age and I think it’s that attitude that attributed to my success in this industry.
Favorite part about running your business? Least favorite part about being the boss?
Going shopping and calling it work, being able to have a creative outlet, truly loving what I do!
What’s been the best career advice you have ever received?
Take advantage of every opportunity that comes your way.
What’s been the most challenging thing about growing your brand?
There have been many challenges along the way, but I definitely think the ever changing technologies of today’s landscape pose as a big challenge to businesses today. You have to evolve and evolve quickly as it directly affects your business since fashion has become such a multi-channel industry.
What are some life experiences that have shaped who you are today?
I think working really hard to grow the business to where it is today. Also I think becoming a mom has really shaped me to who I am today.
Who are some mamas that inspire you?
My mum has always inspired me in so many ways, but I find all moms are inspiring to be honest. As a mother you have to be strong and brave in so many ways and that to me is very inspirational.
What’s a pinch me moment in your career been?
When Kate Middleton wore one of my designs. I remember my team posting a picture on the wall off the elevator and when I got off I thought someone was playing a joke on me. I thought they had photo-shopped her in my suit. I think that is definitely one of my top “pinch me” moments, especially because I have always been a huge royalist.
If you could have just one wish for your kids what would it be?
That they are as happy as adults as they are now as children.
What is the most import thing you can teach your kids?
I think it’s extremely hard to raise children in today’s society. We live in Brooklyn and kids today have so much, Ipads, phones, everything really and so my husband and I really try to teach them to be humble and to understand the value of a dollar, but also how to set goals and work towards those goals.
What does community mean to you and how has it been important to you?
Community is important to us because it brings people together in a way that promotes positive changes in your neighborhood. I think it also creates safe environment while exposing you to diff. cultures.
What is your favorite piece in your collection this season?
I love the black print paisley dress with the shoulder cut-outs. It’s definitely a stand out piece this season.
What do you have on the horizon?
We have some exciting things in the works so you will have to stay tuned….
To learn more about Rebecca and her current collection, check our her heymama profile here, her Instagram here and of course shop the site here.