"It's a $350 billion industry..." w/ Steven Kolb

Updated: Jul 14, 2018

New York has taught me the ins and outs of the industry, and not just to bring a coffee to work, but also to learn about your surroundings because you never know what you will miss and what you can earn (you should be doing this in any work field you are in, not just fashion). Even though I have different experiences every work day, there is always something new to learn, because the truth is, the only thing you’re going to have is what you make.

I remember being at a show for ADEAM and understanding that someone’s bookmaking was just as remarkable as the show running, but more importantly for their book to finish besides them attending show after show. Learning their profession outside the industry was just as great as me running around asking people what their dreams on paper are.

There is more to fashion than just what you see on the runway. A lot of that has to do with the way it runs, who runs it, and its members. I want you to meet Steven Kolb, and the President of the CFDA – Council of Fashion Designers of America. It’s a big job, just ask Diane von Furstenberg. “Our mission at CFDA is to promote American Fashion, help the designers, and make sure that we are a lovely family.” – Diane von Furstenberg (YouTube). Steven Kolb is a big part of the staff and shared his view on fashion and the more it has to offer and what’s important. It’s the things we miss.

“The fashion industry is more than just parties and shows,” Says Steven, “It is a $350 billion industry that employs thousands of people. It is an important economic engine for the American economy. It is also an industry that has heart. True style is not so much how you look but is what you do with your life. The industry is very giving. It was one of the first industries to raise funds for HIV/AIDS programs. The CFDA Foundation continues to support HIV/AIDS patient care and advocacy as well as Breast cancer efforts with Fashion Targets Breast Cancer.”

“The business of fashion is in a period of reflection and change. Technology has altered the way we live. The fashion industry is different than it was decades ago. Designers are now their own media by talking to consumers through their own channels like Instagram and Snapchat. The magazines are increasingly investing their efforts always in print and in to digital. E-commerce has changed consumers shopping habits. All of this makes it an exciting time in fashion.”

This past season at New York Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2018 I was able to stop by their office to chat more with Steven Kolb. I got a closer look and a better understanding of what the CFDA - Council of Fashion Designers of America is all about. The fashion industry has such a dominant background to it, and it keeps growing every day thanks to their board members. But for those outsiders, keeping busy in your own work field is great but learning about it all and staying joyful is something you take to heart. You are what you eat, so you might as well be you are what you learn. Stay joy-us*. Or you might not be as joy-us in your field.