March is all about celebrating women. As we go through Women's History month and celebrated International Women’s Day on March 8, the women of Washed Ashore decided to dedicate this month’s blog posts to the women in our lives that inspire, support and motivate us.
So here’s to strong women. May we know them. May we be them. May we raise them.
This week we met up with Alexa Escobar, Marathon runner and Associate Account Planner at Chanel to learn more about her success in the fashion industry.
March is Women’s History Month and at Washed Ashore we are celebrating women who inspire us. What does being a strong woman mean to you?
A strong woman to me is someone who is proud of her history and how she has prevailed through trials and tribulations to get to where she is today. She is also confident and always willing to help other women grow in today’s society.
You graduated from FIT with a Bachelor of Science. What made you want to pursue a career in fashion?
I am thankful to have grown up around an inspiring family that worked in fashion: My mom was a specialty retail store manager for one of the top designer retail stores in the U.S, my uncle was in the wholesale market, and my grandfather owned a showroom at the Dallas Market Center. As I grew up surrounded by fashion, I fell in love with the idea that fashion can make men and women feel beautiful and glamorous every day and I had to be a part of that life!
What advice can you offer women who are looking to pursue a career in fashion?
Never say no to an opportunity as you will learn so much about yourself and where you see yourself in the industry. Secondly, create as many relationships as possible. You never know where your connections will be in the future and the larger the network, the more possibilities!
What made you transition from a career in a mass retail chain to a high end luxury brand? I can imagine the environments being completely different from one-another.
You’re right, the environments are different, but I always saw my end goal of working in the luxury industry. Therefore, when this opportunity came up, I knew I had to take it!
What is a quote that you choose to live by and think other women can benefit from?
“You always miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” I always remind myself of this quote because the worst thing you can be told is no. But that shouldn’t stop you from going after your goals as ambition and drive will get you to where you deserve to be!
Lastly, you recently ran the NYC Marathon. (Woah! Couldn’t imagine what that’s like) What was the training process? How long did you train for?
I’ll be honest and say this was my hardest and most rewarding accomplishment. I trained for four months and it was trying and exhausting. I learned what my body needed to support training 5x a week (running and cross-training) through my diet, sleep, and mental strength. However, I’ve never felt more prepared for something like I did the day I ran 26.2 miles. Who knows what my next challenge will be, but I’ll be ready to tackle it head-on!
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