Fashion Entrepreneur Podcast

Fashion Originators



Welcome to Fashion Originators, a podcast hosted by me, Stephanie Irwin. Every other week, I interview game-changing fashion entrepreneurs. Each episode, THEY share their wins, losses and wisdom – all to inspire your career and personal goals.

The difference between YOU and your fashion industry idols #motivationmonday

The difference between YOU and your fashion industry idols #motivationmonday

Lately, I’ve been contemplating the difference between myself and those I admire in the fashion industry. What was Katie Grand like at 22? Did Kim Jones know he’d spearhead the Supreme X Louis Vuitton collaboration? Did Imran Amed know that a breakdown would lead him to create Business of Fashion?

Thanks to this podcast, I’ve met a lot of people I admire. Chatting with them about their early days, I’ve found three similarities:

1.  They all put in the hours  

2.  Their paths were random

3.  Their backgrounds were random

Upon looking at this list, you may notice that the final two commonalities are not-so-common at all. In including these, I think they underscore the first point – putting in the hours.

Depending on who you’re comparing yourself to, the ‘hours’ you put in can take two forms. One, experience obtained over time, and two, how you manage your time day-to-day. If you’re 18-years-old, comparing your current achievements against those of 38-year-old Kim Jones would be a little unfair. Looking to your peers however, you can better understand what is possible to achieve now.

While I’ve agreed with the cliché ‘comparison is the thief of joy,’ I also think that it’s awesome to gain inspiration from hard-working friends. On days where my motivation or creativity falters, my friends (AKA the people I believe to be the future Kim Jones’ of fashion) are the people who keep me going.

As a creative person, I’ve often felt like no one sees most of the hours I put in. Especially when you’re in the thick of styling a photoshoot, writing an article or editing a podcast, it can feel like you’re drowning in a sea of emails and have nothing to show for it.

While finishing a project is a brilliant feeling, it can all appear effortless on the outside. For each image in a photoshoot, for instance, it’s easy to overlook the hours (and rain, and samples) that went into it.

Through spending time with hard-working friends, however, I’m comforted knowing that they’re experiencing the same ups and downs.

In combination, my friendships with cool people and my interviews with (slightly older) cool people have provided me with a sense of reassurance that I have never experienced before. In life being incredibly random and the hours being incredibly long, I’ve been learning the importance of focus and continuing on – even if you don’t see results immediately.

As I write this, I am still riding on a bit of a post-project high. Yesterday, I styled a menswear shoot, which turned out so incredible that I have been dancing around my apartment like a small child hyped on candy for the last 48 hours. It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a million years, and it’s safe to say I couldn’t be happier with it (and I haven’t even seen all of the images yet).

Moral of the story? I hope this blog post has inspired you to appreciate your beautiful friends, and to chat to people older than you.

Don’t have friends you admire in your industry? Don’t know people you admire in your industry? Thankfully, solving this dilemma is way easier than I ever thought it could be. Send an email. Send a LinkedIn DM. Slide in their Instagram DMs. Just do it. Once you do, you’ll come to realize that the difference between yourself and those you admire is simply time. The time they put in when they were younger, and the time that has developed them into who they are now.  

Want more inspiration? Check out episode 21 of Fashion Originators below:     


#22: The future of fashion podcasting with Jodi Muter-Hamilton of Black Neon Digital

#22: The future of fashion podcasting with Jodi Muter-Hamilton of Black Neon Digital

#21: The business of fabric with Martin White of Crescent Trading

#21: The business of fabric with Martin White of Crescent Trading