What is your “title” at M&G?
My title at M&G is Curator, but I wear many hats here! You can find me buying for the stores, creating/discovering new products, and researching trends on the regular.
Take us through a day in the life at M&G in your shoes. Do you have any routines or rituals you find important?
No two days are the same here; which is why I love it — I’m always on my toes! I must start my day with coffee. I like to say I’m a morning person, but it’s only true after my cup of coffee. Then I usually check & respond to emails and check my agenda for the day. Recently, I’ve been doing a lot of creative work for new projects so I usually spend about half an hour on Pinterest to get some inspiration flowing. I always like to find some time in the day to feel inspired.
What did you go to school for?
I went to school for Textile & Apparel Design, better known as Fashion Design at the University of Texas. Hook ‘Em Horns!!
How did you get started at M&G?
I had just left my previous design job and was looking for new opportunities when I found Mulberry & Grand. After I met with Emily (Founder of M&G), I started as a Sales Associate and worked for a couple of months learning the in’s & out’s of the business. As time progressed, I befriended our New York Regional Manager, Elif, and would always ask her if she needed any help with buying for the store. I wanted to learn everything I could from this new experience. From there, I gained more responsibility and eventually took over the role as buyer. Now as M&G grows more & more, my position has blossomed into the most amazing role I’ve ever had.
What’s one thing that surprised you in your path up until now?
I feel like a lot has surprised me if I’m being honest. Some good things, some bad things, but I’ve learned so much from each experience. If I had to pick one thing, I think my biggest surprise would be how connected everyone is in the fashion industry & just New York in general. Everyone knows someone who knows someone who somehow knows you or your friend, your coworker, boss, etc. It may sound cliche, but it’s so true!
What’s your favorite thing about your job?
Definitely being able to create new things & having my ideas valued.
What’s the most challenging thing about your job?
Figuring out what people want to buy, but, it’s also kind of fun. As a creative, it’s sometimes hard to merge new ideas/products with things that we know sell well.
What do you wanna be when you grow up?
Cue “When I Grow Up” from the Pussycat Dolls! Hmm, I’ve always loved my last name (Poche = pō·ché) and always thought it would be cool to see it as a brand name one day.
You are originally from Texas, and that’s really different from NYC. (What isn’t, though?) What was it like moving to such a big city?
Oddly enough, I was never really that scared to move to NYC. After college graduation, I had a determination like no other to get here. I had secured a design internship at Rebecca Taylor and just needed to figure out the other more important things like, where to live, how to live, how to not break down & cry etc. New York has a funny way of making you figure things out even in the toughest of times. I found it to be the true definition of sink or swim. Now almost 4 years later, I can definitely say I swam but sunk a few times along the way. I’m not sure if there’s really anything similar to Texas here in NYC which is good & bad. Good because you’re going through new experiences, but bad because there’s nothing familiar around you.
Other than fashion, what other things inspire you or are you passionate about?
Music continues to be a huge inspiration for me. I’ve been playing piano since I was 5 years old and sitting down to play always relaxes me. I’d also have to say being out in nature always inspires me. Someone once told me that I had a green aura and after many google searches I found out that people with green auras like to be in nature and feel very connected to it. So I guess that explains a lot.
Tell us something weird about yourself.
I’m constantly doing little dance moves when no one is looking (or when they are). Any time a good song comes on you can always count on me to do a little dance.
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