My move to Washington DC was an interesting transition. I decided to leave my high profile fashion gig to pursue a graduate degree at George Washington University. Questions throughout the industry swirled: “A graduate degree…for what?” and “Washington, DC…why?” I stood firm by my convictions that I needed to progress and get out of my comfort zone. I needed a break from the city to re-prioritize, get inspired and find my answer to “what’s next?” At the beginning of my journey, over a year ago, I wasn’t quite sure of how my Alexander Wang obsessed, geometric bob wearing, California native turned New Yorker demeanor would fit in with a sea of Tory Burch flats, Longchamp totes and crisp Brooks Brothers shirts with a daily addiction to POLITICO. I attended every fashion event like a calculated groupie vying to bask in the presence of likeminded fashion believers, often feeling homesick and alone.
Shortly after I arrived, I quickly realized that I needed an outlet to express my deep love for fashion and storytelling. Fashion is my inspiration. Your stories are my inspiration. Hence, The Chic Incumbent was born.
I am no stranger to powerful women and I am no stranger to the world of politics. I have a deep affinity for American history and a slight obsession with MSNBC’s Morning Joe (I nearly died when I landed the opportunity to dress Mika Brzezinski for over a year in NYC) and continuously stay informed by reading political based publications to stay abreast on the issues…but I digress.
The core mission of The Chic Incumbent is to celebrate women who exemplify leadership and style. Regardless of which side of the isle you’re on, there is something profoundly inspiring about a woman in leadership who can balance both their personal lives and career and look fabulous while doing it. There are several celebrity women who are praised for being famous for fame’s sake…but what about the educated beauties who are making a difference?
It is a unique privilege to be surrounded and inspired by these brilliant women every day, and We the CHIC support and salute them! Those who seek the chic will find them…and I am convinced without a doubt that they are here…right here in Washington, DC striving to make a better America.