If you are seeking a career in fashion, you should know it’s not all runway shows, Instagram photos, fashion parties and Boomerang ready moments. There are a lot of behind the scenes work that can make or break you, but a career in fashion is revolved around relationships, just ask Moe Dabbagh. Topshop’s U.S. Marketing and Events Coordinator got his start interning for the Gilt Groupe and Burberry, previously worked for ASOS and Calvin Klein, and now handles all Topshop activations around the U.S. I got to sit and chat with Moe and he shared three gems that have helped him along his journey.
1) Networking is key
“You hear this all the time, but honestly networking is key. All my internships and jobs so far have been through relationships. For example, my first job at ASOS, which was super fun, they didn’t even post it online. A friend of a friend had heard that they needed an assistant, and he knew I was looking for a job because I let my network know on Facebook that I was looking, and he reached out and connected me and that was that. And the next job, very similar, and the same thing for Topshop. I was on vacation with a friend and he mentioned to me that the job was open, and I was like ‘I heard about that job’, and he told me more about it and then connected me with the hiring manager. So it’s super helpful to be vocal about what you’re looking for, where you are, and to keep the contacts for sure. And really use that, I mean don’t be annoying about it, but don’t be shy. Everyone’s been in that place before. Although people may come off like they don’t have the time, they’ll keep it in mind. Especially if you’re a sweet little kid like me. But networking is beyond important for both professional and personal growth. You never know what you can learn from someone or what new perspective they can help you realize. Never stop asking questions.”
2) Find your own inspiration
“For work purposes, I’m subscribed to a number of industry publications relevant to me (such as Business of Fashion, WWD, etc.) that help me keep up with new trends and the competitive landscape. It’s interesting to see what others are doing or how they do it differently! I also love to read interviews of the people behind the scenes that make the magic happen such as creative directors, designers, editors, etc. Museums and gallery walks are also a great way to find inspiration and step out of the day-to-day. I get really excited when I stumble across a piece or installation that is able to move me in some way, instead of just getting a good Instagram out of it!”
3) A must-read book
One that I always like to recommend is The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz. In fact, I think I think it’s time I read it again.
This interview has been condensed and edited. Photo courtesy of Moe Dabbagh.