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Meet Barbie Beach of Patricia Field ARTFashion Gallery

Today we’d like to introduce you to Barbie Beach.

Barbie, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
Moved to NYC at 19, started with three jobs. Originally from Boston. I worked at Armani Exchange, Second Time Around and Patricia Field all in SoHo. It was hard but I was young, determined and broke. After a few months of sleeping 10 hours a week, Pat Field offered a full-time position as a Stylist so I quit the other two.

I worked for Pat as a stylist for a few months, always wanting more responsibility. I grew within the company to assistant manager, expanding the Studio Services, creating her Instagram growing it organically to 116,000 followers without paid advertisement. Eventually, before the closing of her Bowery location, I was the Store Manager, a Stylist, Social Media Director and in charge of Studio Services for the company.

Working for Pat Field in her legendary Bowery store was one hell of a way to spend my early 20’s. I got to meet, shop with and assist my icons, like Mary J. Blije, Missy Elliot and the queen Beyoncé.

After the store closed, I worked random jobs until she called me back in 2018 to take over and manage the social media and website for her project, Patricia Field ARTFashion. I’ve been here for a year now and it’s not as exciting as the store in terms of the day to day tasks, but there is a lot of independence here. I’m able to focus on digital marketing and photoshoots based around our 14 one of a kind artists.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Smooth road? What’s that? lol

Nothing has been easy, I’ve had a job since I was 13, and to top it off, I’m an artist. Everything worthwhile is a struggle, working in NYC retail doesn’t pay well but the experience helps you later on in life.

I’ve learned more working for and with Patricia than most of my college graduate counterparts. Money is always the big thing. Can’t afford to enjoy life, just work.

Patricia Field ARTFashion Gallery – what should we know? What do you do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
I work for Patricia Field ARTFashion Gallery, below is the official statement:

The ‘ARTFashion’ Gallery is comprised entirely of original made-to-order, handcrafted pieces by a select group of artists, curated by Field and sold exclusively at www.patriciafield.com.

My official title for the company is Digital Marketing Manager, but it’s a small company so I manage all of the social media channels, the visual concepts for everything that goes out. I do all of the photoshoots, graphics, etc. I continue to handle Studio Services as well.

I’ve always been a Jill of a trades, wearing many hats in the company. People know me from Pat’s and I’ve been able to meet amazing people and be invited to some swanky shindigs. I’m excited to take what I’m learning here and apply it to my own future endeavors.

What sets me apart from others?… I’ve never tried to be like other people, except Rihanna, I love her and find inspiration from her especially in this entrepreneurship boss stage right now.

What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
Even though I’m not where I wish I was in life, I’m proud of every step. All the good and bad made me who I am.

I’ve successfully produced from scratch multiple fashion shows, shopping events, launched projects, campaigns and did things with a team of 2-3 that you wouldn’t fathom. That makes me pretty proud.

Contact Info:

  • Address: Patricia Field ARTFashion Gallery
    200 E Broadway, Suite 3D
    New York, NY 10002
  • Website: www.patriciafield.com
  • Phone: 2129664066
  • Email: barbie@patriciafield.com
  • Instagram: @patriciafield
  • Twitter: @pat_field

Image Credit:
Bradley Thornber @fotobrad

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