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Meet Downtown Fashion Designer: Heather Mclintock

Today we’d like to introduce you to Heather Mclintock.

Heather, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I grew up in a very creative family that loved music and art. I was taught to sew by my mom and grandma at 8 and continued to use that skill throughout my high school years where I loved to buy vintage clothing and re-work and re-design them. That’s when I knew I wanted to work In fashion in some aspect. In high school, I had the opportunity to work on an internship with a costume designer. Which only helped to confirm that I would love working in the creative field. Following high school, I attended The Art Institute and received a degree in fashion design and merchandising. My first design job was rough. It really shed a lot of light on the not so glamorous side of fashion, with a boss that would fly off the handle if he saw a plastic hanger and working in a cold cement warehouse under the freeway in Vernon. Things got better when I moved on to Eight Sixty, a contemporary clothing line in the beautiful Cooper building in downtown. I started out as an assistant designer which consisted of costing of garments, steaming and running to Fedex. After three years of hard work, I got my chance to design. Before long I was promoted to the designer of Eight Sixty and have now been working in this position with the brand for 8 years. A lot has changed over the years but my love for fashion and excitement for design has stayed true. I look forward to what the future has in store.

Has it been a smooth road?
The fashion industry isn’t always rainbows and butterflies. It is a tough, in women clothing especially, things change so quickly with the rise of fast fashion you always need to be ahead of the curve. but at the end of the day when you see something you created worn on tv or walking down the street makes it all worth it.

Is there some part of you work that is particularly difficult?
Keeping on top of the ever-changing industry. If you blink you miss a trend!. If you are too early with a trend, and the customer doesn’t understand it yet. If you are too late everyone is on it and the market is over saturated. You have to be in the middle of the parade…. the sweet spot! and that can be difficult.

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
I would say that I define success by being challenged and overcoming the challenge. Once you have succeeded you can look back and say hell yeah I did that! I didn’t know if I could but I tried and I did it. There is always another level, another challenge that you judge success by. In your personal life or Career.
Does that make sense?

What are your plans for the future?
I have a lot that I have learned over the past 12 years in this industry and I am excited to see where that takes me. There are a lot of Ideas I have and a lot of question marks regarding what the future holds. My horoscope says ” there are big changes ahead if you have the courage of your own convictions and are prepared to work harder than ever before to succeed.” and I say Bring it on!!!

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