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EXCLUSIVE: Rebecca Minkoff Dishes on The “Morning After”

Nov 29, 2010 By Amy

Designer, Rebecca Minkoff is no stranger to the “Morning After” (as in her signature bag), which she reinvents season after season, most recently with a Polyvore partnership. Minkoff’s handbag and apparel designs are the perfect blend of luxury with a casual feminine twist. She doesn’t simply stay on top of trends, she creates them. We recently received the opportunity to talk to Minkoff about everything from creating costumes in high school to her latest NYFW collection.

What triggered your move from San Diego to New York right after high school graduation to pursue fashion?
I was a dancer throughout high school. My dance teachers told me that I was too tall, too long, and I threw out the symmetry. I couldn’t perform in any shows because of my height and my long arms, so they put me in the costume department. Because it was a performing arts high school, it was a very serious costume department and I started learning in-depth how to make patterns, construct garments, and drape garments. At 17, I was not interested in college, and my brother knew Craig Taylor (a fashion designer) and called him up to get me an internship. At 18, I moved to NYC to begin this internship and I worked with Craig Taylor for two years. The CEO allowed me to work on my own clothing line when I had free time during the day.

How has your signature Morning After Bag evolved throughout the years?
I think as I’ve grown as a person, so has the collection. The Morning After Bag has remained my go to bag and the staple of each Rebecca Minkoff collection – it’s had some tweaks in materials and color ways.

With your handbag collection being so diverse, why do you think it’s important for women to want more than just a simple black purse?
The focus today isn’t on what a woman is wearing, but what bag she is carrying. I can tell from her personality what type of bag she would like, and my bags have individual personalities and details that women like and can relate to.

How does it feel to present your collection at New York Fashion Week?
Presenting the Spring 2011 collections and having the women’s shoe collection launch at New York Fashion week was every bit of the dream come true (even with all the stress). I can’t wait to go back!

We love your company blog, Minkette, so MyFDB wants to know what other fashion websites and blogs do you follow?
FFFFOUND! is an amazing photo inspiration that’s shared by a huge network of users. Churns out anything from fashion photos, look book images, graphic design, drawings, illustrations, animated gifs, etc.

And

LOOKBOOK.nu – It’s a collective of users who post their outfits from all around the world, submissions are ranked by “hypes” and you can even filter entries by country, designer, type of clothing, color scheme…it’s a great resource for how real people are dressing these days, a pulse for everyday style.

Who are your current Rebecca Minkoff muses?
My Minkettes!

Lastly, what advice do you have for aspiring fashion industry hopefuls?
Be persistent and follow your dreams.

OK, now let’s have some fun! Time for Word Association, quick tell us the first thing to pop into your head when you hear:

Bubbly – champagne

Twitter – follow me! (@RebeccaMinkoff)

Studs – rocker

Turquoise – jewelry

Autumn – pumpkin pie

Leather – soft

Designer CrushBlake Mycoskie, creator and founder of TOMS. Not only is he a good looking guy but obviously has a big heart.

A huge thank you to the sweet and stylish, Rebecca Minkoff for taking the time to talk to MyFDB! For more information on Minkoff and her designs visit her official site.

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