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Conversations with the Inspiring Jody Chapman

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jody Chapman.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I graduated from high school and immediately started fashion school. After two years at FIDM, I graduated with honors and got a job right away as an assistant design clothing for Forever 21. The fashion industry is very demanding but, can also be very rewarding. I’ve been in the industry, design women apparel and lingerie, for the last 13 years. I have designed apparel for many of the major retailers such as Target, Macy’s, Kohls, Forever 21, and Nordstrom. My careers has been very rewarding and I have recently become a design and creative consultant in all aspects of design and the apparel business. It was a very hard decision but my husband and I decided to quit our full-time jobs to travel to Asia and South America. These trips were the experience of a lifetime and I could be more happy to leave my full-time position. Now, I can mentor and help small businesses with any and all their creative needs.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
The path definitely hasn’t been smooth and being in such a demanding industry you have to sacrifice a lot. I’ve worked many late nights and a whole lot of weekends but at the end of the day my I feel blessed to have to career that I do. my advice for women is to never give up your dreams and achieving your goals takes time and it doesn’t happen overnight. Have confidence in everything that you do. Also, support your coworkers by building them up and not putting them down. Teamwork makes the dream WORK!

What do you do, what do you specialize in, what are you known for, etc. What are you most proud of? What sets you apart from others?
I’m a fashion designer that designs apparel for the juniors and young contemporary markets. I managed a team here in LA that designed collections monthly that we would then show to all the retailers. It’s called private label manufacturing. Once the retail selects what they want to buy, my company would produce it for them and put their labels on the items. I’m proud that my designs will be worn by many young girls and women across America.

For good reason, society often focuses more on the problems rather than the opportunities that exist, because the problems need to be solved. However, we’d probably also benefit from looking for and recognizing the opportunities that women are better positioned to capitalize on. Have you discovered such opportunities?
My industry is definitely run by more women. Almost all of my co-workers and peers are women. Every position in my industry has had women in that role.

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Randy Chapman

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