Merchandise Product Development Student Meghan Rother recently participated in a field trip to Amercian Garment Sewing as part of her Production & Sourcing Strategies course. The factory makes premium denim for companies including 7 For All Mankind, Juicy Couture, and Vince. Meghan tells us about her experience meeting a product manager from Miss Me.
Name: Meghan Rother
FIDM Graduation: June 2012
Campus: Los Angeles
Tell us a little about yourself: I grew up just outside of Minneapolis/St. Paul, and moved to LA in 2010 because I fell in love with a boy. I was attending fashion school back home, and decided to finish out here. I was working the sales floor at a soap shop until two months ago when I landed the position of Social Media Manager at menswear and lifestyle brand The Hundreds.
Tell us about the field trip you recently took to AGS - American Garment Sewing - in your Production & Sourcing Strategies course: The trip to AGS made me somewhat emotional. Seeing the employees, as masters of their craft, working so meticulously was really inspiring. Now that I know how much work goes into each pattern piece, all the way down to stitches-per-inch, to make a garment just right, I appreciate what's in my closet more. And I'm definitely going to make an effort to buy American-made. I really enjoyed meeting the product manager from Miss Me, she's been in the industry for a long time, she spoke to us like a real person, and didn't sugar-coat anything. A lot of kids get into fashion thinking it's all editorial shoots and runway shows, not knowing what it takes for the garments to get to that point. Visiting places like AGS and meeting the product manager from Miss Me really helps put it all into perspective.
How did you know FIDM was the right college for you? The college scene with the football games and the lecture halls never appealed to me. I like hands-on learning. I prefer urban settings—a lot of my inspiration comes from that. I had a few friends attend FIDM who spoke highly of it, so I decided to give it a go.
How did you decide on your major? I like to take things that already exist and make them better, so Merchandise Product Development seemed like the right fit for me.
What fashion websites/blogs do you love? Complex is my bible. They cover EVERYTHING I want to know about. Sometimes I worry that they have implanted a chip inside my brain and are reading my thoughts! MashKulture Juicy is my go-to for current women's fashion, I LOVE SneakHerBox, because I prefer a pair of Jordans over Jeffrey Campbells, and Advanced Style makes me all sorts of excited to reach my golden years.
Who is your style icon? I completely adore Va$htie. She's a designer (Violette New York), director (Justin Bieber's "Baby" music video), and all-around cool chick. She's got a great high-low style, mixing garments from thrift stores with accessories that are more of an investment. And she always looks comfortable in whatever she wears, which I find very attractive.
What are your career goals and how is FIDM helping you get there? I really love where I work now and would love to be here as long as I can, growing and evolving within the company. I'm open to just about anything. FIDM helped me to get where I am by teaching me the basics of pretty much everything—from design to production. I learned how to work better in teams, how to keep my cool under pressure, and (most importantly) how to not take criticism personally.
Anything else you’d like to share? The Hundreds is huge.