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.

Why self-care is more critical than ever (for your fashion career) #motivationmonday

Why self-care is more critical than ever (for your fashion career) #motivationmonday

Whether you’re a blogger like Leandra Medine, a fashion editor like Edward Enninful, or simply an employee at a dying brand, there’s one thing that's more critical than ever (for our fashion careers) -- self-care.  

Why? It doesn’t take much to notice that many brands are struggling right now. Sales periods and sample sales that never end, British icons like House of Fraser kicking the bucket – times are a changing.

While this may seem great for the consumer, it’s a bad sign for the health of the industry, and in turn, the health of those who run it. There’s nothing quite like lacking funds to expose even the kindest of co-worker (or employee) as a vengeful sample-stealer. If you can look past their attitudes, however, the worry is quite understandable. Jobs are on the line, and its because consumers are changing, and many people are struggling to embrace it.

So, you ask, how do you propose we cope with the fact that millennials no longer want to buy “stuff” , but instead want “experiences” (as said by BoF 100 million times)? How do we cope with the fact that our industry is incredibly slow to accept race and body diversity? Or that the current standard of ‘sustainability’ is a total joke (erm, PLASTIC PACKAGING, cheap labour)?

My 5-step self-care / change the world plan (I'm an optimist -- ok)?  

1.    CHILL

Lack of money = more hours, more stress. Everyone needs to calm down. Although self-care has become a capitalist trope, I think its most impactful methods are completely free. Meditate. Go to bed at a normal hour. Go for a team walk. Actually put on moisturizer. Podcasts are also great for the brain (Besides Fashion Originators, I recommend The Life Coach School, How I Built This, The Unconventionalists, and THIS episode of the Be About It podcast).

2.    Next-generation masterminds

This is something I have been putting off doing, but I think it’s crucial. Create a mastermind group of peers! I’ve been inspired by Lori Harder’s A Tribe Called Bliss and Dior Bediako’s fabulous The Junior Network. If we all put our heads together, or just laugh about our experiences, the industry will inevitably change (or at least become better, for now).  

3.    Study up

Every good idea I’ve ever had has been from reading a TON of books. Fiction, non-fiction -- doesn't matter. If you’re looking for a good place to start, sign up for my mailing list (below) for a pdf of the books you NEED to read. In the descriptions of my episodes, most of my guests recommend what you need to read now. THIS FREE Fashion Revolution course is something I’m enjoying too – crucial education we all need on fashion production and sustainability. 

P.S: I used to say that I never had time to read. However, reading on my London Over Ground commute allowed me to finish 20+ books in six months!

4.    Actually action your ideas

I am starting a YouTube channel so the podcast can reach more people. I believe that the more people listen to my amazing guests, the odds of our industry changing increase. We need to be having important, accessible conversations that can reach everyone -- in and outside of London. 

In announcing this, I not only hope to get feedback on what kind of Fashion Originators videos you’d like to see, but also, I want to keep myself accountable to actually building this. 

5.    Make friends in other industries (that are actually making money right now)

What are they doing that we’re not doing? What do they know that we don’t about the world? Pick their brains! 

That’s it for this week! I hope you guys enjoyed it. I would love to know – what is your greatest problem in the industry right now? What do you think people at your work (even if you’re the boss), could do to help everyone’s mental health?

In the meantime, be sure to check out the latest episode of Fashion Originators below: 

3 things you need to learn for your fashion career (and life) #motivationmonday

3 things you need to learn for your fashion career (and life) #motivationmonday

Season 2, #1: Gain the business skills you need with Fashion Business Education Founder Frederica Boateng

Season 2, #1: Gain the business skills you need with Fashion Business Education Founder Frederica Boateng