For the past nine weeks I have been juggling all of our apparel programs; absent a teammate. And while I have enjoyed the endless rotation of piece types and new quandaries, it is a pleasure to introduce my new teammate Mallory Atkins.
Finding Mallory was all about finding a perfect fit. She had to be experienced, but not too experienced. Understand the power of a well-placed smiley face in an e-mail to China and ultimately become my new workplace “BFF.”
There were a few candidates who came close, but there was something about Mallory’s quiet confidence and her ability to absorb an overload of information without looking like a deer caught in headlights that assured me she would be a great technical designer.
But you don’t have to take my word for it. I’ve asked her the hard hitting questions so you can decide for yourself.
So, Mallory, tell me about yourself.
Mallory: “That’s always a tough question. I grew up in Savannah, Georgia, but my family is originally from Ohio. I love riding vintage motorcycles and sewing has always been a big hobby.”
When did you know you wanted to pursue a career in fashion?
Mallory: “I actually wanted to be a Barbie designer. I used to call the Mattel phone number on the side of the box trying to reach the design team. My mom would get so mad when she got the phone bill and there were all these 1-800 numbers. One of my favorite designs was “Piano Barbie.” She would come with a full (Barbie-sized) piano. Eventually, making clothes for my Barbies turned into making clothes for me. I actually went to a performing arts high school and my senior year I designed for the “Junk to Funk” fashion show where we repurposed materials into wearable art.”
If you could do anything, all earthly limitations aside, what would you do for the rest of your life?
Mallory: “Hmmm…That’s a tough one. I think I would live on a sailboat; I love how the stove top is on a swivel axis so the stove top always stays level.”
What’s your favorite time of day?
Mallory: “Probably about 6PM in the fall. It’s the perfect temperature and with the sun setting it turns everything sepia; there is a pretty glow. I grew up on the beach and that’s how we used to end every day…. Not that I had a choice, my mom was always like, ‘Get down here and watch the sunset!'”
If you could only do one dance move for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Mallory: “It would be ‘Elaine‘ from Seinfeld.”
If you’re still not convinced, go check out her portfolio. She’s really good!