Stacy Igel. Photo Credit: Amanda De Cadenet
Name: Stacy Igel
Occupation: Founder/Creative Director/Fashion Designer for Boy Meets Girl
Location: New York, NY
Website: boymeetsgirlusa.com and stacyigel.blogspot.com
“My goal is to build the next big brand empire! Think the Lacoste logo, think Boy Meets Girl’s logo even BIGGER ”
My style is: I like to think it’s eclectic, edgy, and demure all rolled into one neat little package.
The song I have on repeat right now is: Alexis Murdoch – Orange Sky or Breathe
The best part about starting my own brand is: I love seeing someone walk down the street wearing a piece I made. I usually stop and dial my mom’s cell phone to tell her the exiting news: ”Hey Mommy, just spotted an adorable girl rocking my line in the park!” I’m also so grateful to be able to give back through my brand. Working with several charities to raise awareness in collaboration with Boy Meets Girl® and me brings smiles all around.
People usually compliment my: Ability to multitask in all the aspects of building my brand in PR/Marketing/Design skills . I also get complimented on my personal style and starting new fads. I was the first to ever show my friends in grade school charm necklaces and created a catalog for all my friends to buy charms from me. Fast forward, I’m asked to be one of the first to introduce RadRingz (from the makers of Silly Bandz) to my fans.
I’ll never forget the time: my mom and I worked together at my first trade show in 2001, and we sold to our first department store: Bergdorf Goodman. My mom was so excited — it was and still is her favorite store in NYC! This was pretty much the launch for my career.
For my skin, I love: (1) Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Tinted Moisturizer- it gives me a healthy glow and provides SPF 15, perfect for protection for everyday; (2) Kiehl’s Acai Eco-line of face wash and creams. They are not only good for the environment but they make your skin feel flawless; and (3) Tata Harper Hydrating Floral Essence Spray
My favorite place in the whole world is: Tough question! I love different places for different reasons. But, if have to give one place I would say Bora Bora. It’s the closest place to bliss/nirvana I think anyone could ever get. I went there for my honeymoon and hope to go back sooner than later
Current beauty product obsession: Kiehl’s beauty products — they are not only affordable, but have done wonders for my skin!
But I also can’t live without: Tara Smith hair products! Check out my recent post on Tara’s products.
Worst habit: workaholic.
My best advice to people who want to work in the fashion industry is:
1. Be prepared to work like you’ve never worked before.
2. Being a talented designer is not enough. You need to learn how to be an effective marketer, networker, salesperson, service provider, writer, stylist, merchandiser and psychiatrist too.
3. Work with multiple vendors and never stop sourcing potential new ones. It gives you leverage and protects you from catastrophes.
4. Last, but not least: BELIEVE!
My favorite scent right now is: white musk.
People might be surprised to know: I used to tap dance and love the famous tap dancer Tommy Tune.
My favorite hair product is: Tara Smith’s Base Coat Serum & Top Coat Glosser.
I don’t understand people who don’t like: sushi.
The restaurant I can never get tired of is: Pure Food and Wine in the Flatiron district.
Though I can make a mean: I don’t cook much due to my busy schedule. But, I do make rad mountain eggs!
Who inspires me: Zandra Rhodes, Elie Tahari, Donna Karan, Ralph Lauren, Kate Moss, Coco Chanel, Patti Smith, Patricia Velásquez, Oprah, my sister, my mom, my dad, and my Dj Blue Steel (aka my husband)…the list could go on, but I will leave it for now
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