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Rebecca Minkoff
Rebecca Minkoff Industry Leader in Accessible Luxury Handbags, Accessories, Footwear, and Apparel
1y New York, NY, United States Question


All questions will be answered by Rebecca Minkoff on September 15th.

Hi - I'm Rebecca Minkoff. I'm a fashion designer best known for my collection of handbags, accessories, footwear and apparel that tend to be both playful and subtly edgy.

Some fun facts about me: I'm obsessed with zombies. I have a full survival kit ready should the zombie-apocalypse ever happen.  I'm secretly a homebody. (I have to go out a lot for work, but my idea of the perfect night would be dinner in with my husband and my two children, Luca and Bowie). And I love interior design. I recently worked with One Kings Lane and re-designed my living room. I had so much fun picking out the new furniture with their design team.

Now's your chance to ask me anything! Please write your questions in the comments section below and I'll answer the questions live on Thursday, September 15th.


It's part of Mogul's new interactive Q &A sessions, Ask A Mogul Anything. 

Come on and ask me *anything* ... about fashion design ... New York's fashion week ... and creating a lasting brand in the 21st century.

47 comments

  • Rebecca Minkoff
    Rebecca Minkoff Industry Leader in Accessible Luxury Handbags, Accessories, Footwear, and Apparel
    1y ago

    Hi everyone! We're going live now. Check us out on facebook.com/onmogul. I'll be answering all of your questions there right now. Ask me anything right here in the comments section! So check us out on the live feed and watch me answer all of your questions live. I'll also be giving you a peek of my new collection.

    Hi everyone! We're going live now. Check us out on facebook.com/onmogul. I'll be answering all of your questions there right now. Ask me anything right here in the comments section! So check us out on the live feed and watch me answer all of your questions live. I'll also be giving you a peek of my new collection.

  • namisha
    namisha Inquisitive, Avid Reader, Food Lover, Amateur Chef, Digital Sensei
    1y ago

    Hi Rebecca, why did you start designing? What motivated you and still motivates you?

    Hi Rebecca, why did you start designing? What motivated you and still motivates you?

    • Rebecca Minkoff
      Rebecca Minkoff Industry Leader in Accessible Luxury Handbags, Accessories, Footwear, and Apparel
      1y ago

      I first started designing because I originally wanted a dress that my mom wouldn't buy me and she taught me to sew instead. And I became addicted to the idea of making things and customizing things to my body. And the power I felt in that - I knew that if I was to keep going with that I could help other people feel better and feel more confident in their daily choices and show who they are.

      I first started designing because I originally wanted a dress that my mom wouldn't buy me and she taught me to sew instead. And I became addicted to the idea of making things and customizing things to my body. And the power I felt in that - I knew that if I was to keep going with that I could help other people feel better and feel more confident in their daily choices and show who they are.

  • Stephanie Hardman
    Stephanie Hardman Digital Marketing Specialist
    1y ago

    Hi Rebecca, I read an article about the innovations in your NY retail location. From your experience, what do you think is the future of retail?

    Hi Rebecca, I read an article about the innovations in your NY retail location. From your experience, what do you think is the future of retail?

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    • Rebecca Minkoff
      Rebecca Minkoff Industry Leader in Accessible Luxury Handbags, Accessories, Footwear, and Apparel
      1y ago

      I think the future of retail for brick and mortars is going to be about entertainment. You're going to be going to a store to do more than just shop. You're going to go there for a seminar or for a coffee or for a juice. Stores are going to become more of hubs where people can actually gather and enjoy Instagram-able moments, shared experiences. I think that's what retail will slowly become.

      I think the future of retail for brick and mortars is going to be about entertainment. You're going to be going to a store to do more than just shop. You're going to go there for a seminar or for a coffee or for a juice. Stores are going to become more of hubs where people can actually gather and enjoy Instagram-able moments, shared experiences. I think that's what retail will slowly become.

  • glasshalffull100

    Hi Rebecca - Your NYFW show was amazing!! When did you come up with the idea of bringing it to the streets of New York? How much planning went into the show?

    Hi Rebecca - Your NYFW show was amazing!! When did you come up with the idea of bringing it to the streets of New York? How much planning went into the show?

    • Rebecca Minkoff
      Rebecca Minkoff Industry Leader in Accessible Luxury Handbags, Accessories, Footwear, and Apparel
      1y ago

      My brother and I came up with the idea in February or March. And it really took that long to plan it out and it was endless meetings with the city and the Mayor's office, architectural drawings of street maps, us pleading before different boards in Soho, then getting denied, then having the Mayor's office come back in and save the day. So it was a lot of work and a lot of planning but we pulled it off without a hitch. It was really exciting. It was on the street. They walked out of our store, down the street a half a block then turned around and came back to our store. We called it runway to retail. So immediately after the show you could come and shop all of those looks.

      My brother and I came up with the idea in February or March. And it really took that long to plan it out and it was endless meetings with the city and the Mayor's office, architectural drawings of street maps, us pleading before different boards in Soho, then getting denied, then having the Mayor's office come back in and save the day. So it was a lot of work and a lot of planning but we pulled it off without a hitch. It was really exciting. It was on the street. They walked out of our store, down the street a half a block then turned around and came back to our store. We called it runway to retail. So immediately after the show you could come and shop all of those looks.

  • glasshalffull100

    There is some talk about Fashion Week becoming a thing of the past as some designers start to use social media to launch collections - and don't do the full-on runway shows any more. What do you think about all of this? (I hope this doesn't happen - I really love watching the pageantry of real runway shows - but am worried that runway shows might go away at some point because of this other new social media trend? And because of how much money it would save to launch a collection virtually?) Thoughts?

    There is some talk about Fashion Week becoming a thing of the past as some designers start to use social media to launch collections - and don't do the full-on runway shows any more. What do you think about all of this? (I hope this doesn't happen - I really love watching the pageantry of real runway shows - but am worried that runway shows might go away at some point because of this other new social media trend? And because of how much money it would save to launch a collection virtually?) Thoughts?

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    • Rebecca Minkoff
      Rebecca Minkoff Industry Leader in Accessible Luxury Handbags, Accessories, Footwear, and Apparel
      1y ago

      I think we're in a time of huge transition and huge change and I think that everyone has to work out what works best for themselves when it comes to how to present a collection. For us, maybe it's not about having the top ten editor-in-chiefs there in the front row of a fashion show, but instead about entertaining our consumer. I think for us, our shows are always going to be a hybrid - celebrities, editors, consumers and bloggers all coming together to see the show, and to celebrate the culmination of the season. Other people might just present their collections on social media. But I think there's still something to be said for being there in person at a show, hearing the music, seeing the clothes live. That can't be replicated.

      I think we're in a time of huge transition and huge change and I think that everyone has to work out what works best for themselves when it comes to how to present a collection. For us, maybe it's not about having the top ten editor-in-chiefs there in the front row of a fashion show, but instead about entertaining our consumer. I think for us, our shows are always going to be a hybrid - celebrities, editors, consumers and bloggers all coming together to see the show, and to celebrate the culmination of the season. Other people might just present their collections on social media. But I think there's still something to be said for being there in person at a show, hearing the music, seeing the clothes live. That can't be replicated.

  • Natasha
    Natasha 💪🏻& 👊🏻 just like NYC
    1y ago

    What do you think was the #1 most critical thing you did that made your business so successful in an industry with so much noise and competition?

    What do you think was the #1 most critical thing you did that made your business so successful in an industry with so much noise and competition?

    • Rebecca Minkoff
      Rebecca Minkoff Industry Leader in Accessible Luxury Handbags, Accessories, Footwear, and Apparel
      1y ago

      I think that when I launched my handbag, it was in a white space. Contemporary handbags were just starting to happen. There were maybe two other brands. There was definitely a white space for that price point and that need. And hitting that I think is key to starting any business. If you want to just be like someone else or you want to have something that's similar to, it's really hard to break through. You have to find out what makes you unique, what makes you stand alone and you have to have great communication skills or surround yourself with people who don't have your weaknesses. I think that's key.

      I think that when I launched my handbag, it was in a white space. Contemporary handbags were just starting to happen. There were maybe two other brands. There was definitely a white space for that price point and that need. And hitting that I think is key to starting any business. If you want to just be like someone else or you want to have something that's similar to, it's really hard to break through. You have to find out what makes you unique, what makes you stand alone and you have to have great communication skills or surround yourself with people who don't have your weaknesses. I think that's key.

  • MaryPflumPeterson

    Hi Rebecca - Such an honor to have you take part in Ask A Mogul Anything. What's your approach to finding a work/life balance. How do you balance the demands of family with career?

    Hi Rebecca - Such an honor to have you take part in Ask A Mogul Anything. What's your approach to finding a work/life balance. How do you balance the demands of family with career?

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    • Rebecca Minkoff
      Rebecca Minkoff Industry Leader in Accessible Luxury Handbags, Accessories, Footwear, and Apparel
      1y ago

      This question is asked, I think, in every interview and on every panel that I've taken part in. I think it's being asked again and again because there isn't an answer yet and I think that women have more rights than ever and more freedoms now than ever. But I think we're still trying to figure out how you can make that all work. I can only speak for myself as a female and as a mom, but I want to be there for my kids, I want to take my kids to school, I want to play with them at night. And I'm sacrificing going out to the fun parties, I'm sacrificing maybe spending time with my husband to do those things with the kids. I don't call what I'm doing balance - I call it juggling. I look at my week and I say, where can I give? Where can I see my children more or less? And I'm always testing my boundaries. So I know now that if I have to leave town, I don't leave town for more than five days without my kids. And if I am going to be out of town more, I take them with me. I think that each woman has to get a sense of what works for her. And it's not perfect. I would love to come home, cook dinner, hang out with my kids, put them to bed and then see my husband. That doesn't happen. Typically, we see our children, we maybe get a few words in and then we collapse. So I think it's always a work in progress.

      This question is asked, I think, in every interview and on every panel that I've taken part in. I think it's being asked again and again because there isn't an answer yet and I think that women have more rights than ever and more freedoms now than ever. But I think we're still trying to figure out how you can make that all work. I can only speak for myself as a female and as a mom, but I want to be there for my kids, I want to take my kids to school, I want to play with them at night. And I'm sacrificing going out to the fun parties, I'm sacrificing maybe spending time with my husband to do those things with the kids. I don't call what I'm doing balance - I call it juggling. I look at my week and I say, where can I give? Where can I see my children more or less? And I'm always testing my boundaries. So I know now that if I have to leave town, I don't leave town for more than five days without my kids. And if I am going to be out of town more, I take them with me. I think that each woman has to get a sense of what works for her. And it's not perfect. I would love to come home, cook dinner, hang out with my kids, put them to bed and then see my husband. That doesn't happen. Typically, we see our children, we maybe get a few words in and then we collapse. So I think it's always a work in progress.

  • miranda444
    1y ago

    Hi Rebecca - Such a big fan. I'm wondering what your advice is to young women looking to go into fashion. Are there things they should definitely do? Things they should definitely avoid?

    Hi Rebecca - Such a big fan. I'm wondering what your advice is to young women looking to go into fashion. Are there things they should definitely do? Things they should definitely avoid?

    • Rebecca Minkoff
      Rebecca Minkoff Industry Leader in Accessible Luxury Handbags, Accessories, Footwear, and Apparel
      1y ago

      I think if you want to go into fashion, you may not want to hear this, but you probably need to live in New York or in Los Angeles, assuming you want to be in the hub of where it starts. There's plenty of opportunity outside of those two places but the industry is in New York and a little bit in LA. I'd also say, take a job that puts your foot in the door. We've had so many people who have come to work for us who started in one area and are transferring to another because they showed a love and a passion and a skill and I've seen success with that. Internships are a phenomenal thing. Apply four times a year to the company of your dreams because they're constantly receiving e mails in their inbox for internships so if you're always at the top of that inbox, that's really helpful. And, again, we've hired probably 10 to 15 interns in the last couple of years that have now become employees.

      I think if you want to go into fashion, you may not want to hear this, but you probably need to live in New York or in Los Angeles, assuming you want to be in the hub of where it starts. There's plenty of opportunity outside of those two places but the industry is in New York and a little bit in LA. I'd also say, take a job that puts your foot in the door. We've had so many people who have come to work for us who started in one area and are transferring to another because they showed a love and a passion and a skill and I've seen success with that. Internships are a phenomenal thing. Apply four times a year to the company of your dreams because they're constantly receiving e mails in their inbox for internships so if you're always at the top of that inbox, that's really helpful. And, again, we've hired probably 10 to 15 interns in the last couple of years that have now become employees.

      • Rebecca Minkoff
        Rebecca Minkoff Industry Leader in Accessible Luxury Handbags, Accessories, Footwear, and Apparel
        1y ago

        As for my path, I moved to New York City when I was 18. I had an internship with a designer. It was paid. It was $6 an hour and I had nowhere to live. I had to live with my friend at Fordham in his dorm room and he was sneaking me in every night. And after I lasted in the city about a month, my parents were like, 'OK, you're not running home, so we'll help you find someone to live with.' I said, 'Can you help me find an apartment?' They said, 'No.' So I lived with my cousin in her daughter's playroom in exchange for babysitting for her daughter a couple of times a week. And I did that for about a year until I saved up enough money to rent a room from an elderly woman who gave me a curfew and made me clean up my room, which was really, really awkward. I said, 'Wait, I pay rent here.' And she said, 'I don't care. It's my house. You have to clean up your room.' But I continued to work for the designer for about two years. They eventually hired me. I became an associate designer and then a senior designer there when I started tinkering around with my own ideas. And the CEO was really my mentor. She said, 'If you finish everything you have to get done and there's still time left in the day, feel free to work on your own ideas from here.' So with that, I started a five-piece collection. I did this 'I Love New York' shirt, cut it up and bedazzled it, because that was a big trend at the time. And I sent it to an actress who was a friend of mine on September 9, 2001. It got there on September 13. She wore it on Jay Leno, said my name on the air and from there, I was making T-shirts every day for about nine months. I was giving everything back to the Red Cross after September 11th happened. And then I at least at that point had my name, where I could call a store and they would agree to see me and the rest of the collection. And they would say, 'I don't know why I know your name, but it sounds familiar.' So I had a four-year-long-making-my-own-clothing-start-up and then I decided to try a bag. Again, Jen asked me to put it in a movie she was in. And I had one. She had one. And people kept on stopping me on the street. And I said, 'There's something to this - the attention this handbag is getting.' So a friend of mine wrote about it for Daily Candy, which was the only social media of its time. And it became this overnight sensation. And that's when I knew - ok, I've gotta act fast. So I called my dad, and said, 'Will you loan me the money so that I can make the first production order?' And he said, 'No.' And then I called my brother, and he said, 'Yes, I'll help you - Let's start this for real and become partners.' And he had his own company and a very quiet, nice life in Florida and we had a deal when we hit a certain number, he would move his family here. So he's done everything from mortgage his house, max out his credit cards, move his whole family here to make the company a success.

        As for my path, I moved to New York City when I was 18. I had an internship with a designer. It was paid. It was $6 an hour and I had nowhere to live. I had to live with my friend at Fordham in his dorm room and he was sneaking me in every night. And after I lasted in the city about a month, my parents were like, 'OK, you're not running home, so we'll help you find someone to live with.' I said, 'Can you help me find an apartment?' They said, 'No.' So I lived with my cousin in her daughter's playroom in exchange for babysitting for her daughter a couple of times a week. And I did that for about a year until I saved up enough money to rent a room from an elderly woman who gave me a curfew and made me clean up my room, which was really, really awkward. I said, 'Wait, I pay rent here.' And she said, 'I don't care. It's my house. You have to clean up your room.' But I continued to work for the designer for about two years. They eventually hired me. I became an associate designer and then a senior designer there when I started tinkering around with my own ideas. And the CEO was really my mentor. She said, 'If you finish everything you have to get done and there's still time left in the day, feel free to work on your own ideas from here.' So with that, I started a five-piece collection. I did this 'I Love New York' shirt, cut it up and bedazzled it, because that was a big trend at the time. And I sent it to an actress who was a friend of mine on September 9, 2001. It got there on September 13. She wore it on Jay Leno, said my name on the air and from there, I was making T-shirts every day for about nine months. I was giving everything back to the Red Cross after September 11th happened. And then I at least at that point had my name, where I could call a store and they would agree to see me and the rest of the collection. And they would say, 'I don't know why I know your name, but it sounds familiar.' So I had a four-year-long-making-my-own-clothing-start-up and then I decided to try a bag. Again, Jen asked me to put it in a movie she was in. And I had one. She had one. And people kept on stopping me on the street. And I said, 'There's something to this - the attention this handbag is getting.' So a friend of mine wrote about it for Daily Candy, which was the only social media of its time. And it became this overnight sensation. And that's when I knew - ok, I've gotta act fast. So I called my dad, and said, 'Will you loan me the money so that I can make the first production order?' And he said, 'No.' And then I called my brother, and he said, 'Yes, I'll help you - Let's start this for real and become partners.' And he had his own company and a very quiet, nice life in Florida and we had a deal when we hit a certain number, he would move his family here. So he's done everything from mortgage his house, max out his credit cards, move his whole family here to make the company a success.

  • miranda444
    1y ago

    Also wondering - did you ever think you would get to be where you are today? How difficult, or surprising, has your journey been?

    Also wondering - did you ever think you would get to be where you are today? How difficult, or surprising, has your journey been?

    • Rebecca Minkoff
      Rebecca Minkoff Industry Leader in Accessible Luxury Handbags, Accessories, Footwear, and Apparel
      1y ago

      I always knew I wanted to get here. I never thought I would. I remember during my second year of having my own company, thinking, 'Oh my gosh - This is so hard.' And then I thought, 'I can't pay my rent. I can barely eat. I'm schlepping samples around, going door to door.' And I thought, 'When is this ever going to get better? And what if it doesn't? What if this is it?! What am I going to do?' So I'm incredibly grateful. It's not been without hard work, sacrifices. And now we have an incredible team that just keeps this engine going.

      I always knew I wanted to get here. I never thought I would. I remember during my second year of having my own company, thinking, 'Oh my gosh - This is so hard.' And then I thought, 'I can't pay my rent. I can barely eat. I'm schlepping samples around, going door to door.' And I thought, 'When is this ever going to get better? And what if it doesn't? What if this is it?! What am I going to do?' So I'm incredibly grateful. It's not been without hard work, sacrifices. And now we have an incredible team that just keeps this engine going.

      • Rebecca Minkoff
        Rebecca Minkoff Industry Leader in Accessible Luxury Handbags, Accessories, Footwear, and Apparel
        1y ago

        All these times of hard work when you feel like you're at the bitter end and you can't make it - they've always been met with something greater at the other side. I think it's a result of a mix of good fortune and persistence - and I think if you can persist through the hard times, if you can get up after a failure, that's sometimes the most important thing.

        All these times of hard work when you feel like you're at the bitter end and you can't make it - they've always been met with something greater at the other side. I think it's a result of a mix of good fortune and persistence - and I think if you can persist through the hard times, if you can get up after a failure, that's sometimes the most important thing.

  • booklover423
    1y ago

    Who are your personal heroes? Who have you looked up to and has inspired you along the way?

    Who are your personal heroes? Who have you looked up to and has inspired you along the way?

    • Rebecca Minkoff
      Rebecca Minkoff Industry Leader in Accessible Luxury Handbags, Accessories, Footwear, and Apparel
      1y ago

      One hero is my mom. I think this life, while hard growing up, of 'I'll teach you how to make this. I won't buy it. You want to go to camp? You fill out your own camp forms. You want to dance? You sew your own point shoes' was, in the end, rewarding. She made me do the things you always see all these moms doing for their kids. I hated it at the time. But it made me figure out how to do things -- and, if I wanted something, how to get it. So I'd say for that reason, my mom's a personal hero. I think anyone who's a working mom is also someone I look up to because the emotions and exhaustion and love and stress that you experience is intense so the fact that we're experiencing all that and raising children is incredible. And there have been so many other female entrepreneurs that I've come to admire - like Jessica Alba, Joanna Coles. I think these are women that are strong, that are kind and they help each other out.

      One hero is my mom. I think this life, while hard growing up, of 'I'll teach you how to make this. I won't buy it. You want to go to camp? You fill out your own camp forms. You want to dance? You sew your own point shoes' was, in the end, rewarding. She made me do the things you always see all these moms doing for their kids. I hated it at the time. But it made me figure out how to do things -- and, if I wanted something, how to get it. So I'd say for that reason, my mom's a personal hero. I think anyone who's a working mom is also someone I look up to because the emotions and exhaustion and love and stress that you experience is intense so the fact that we're experiencing all that and raising children is incredible. And there have been so many other female entrepreneurs that I've come to admire - like Jessica Alba, Joanna Coles. I think these are women that are strong, that are kind and they help each other out.

  • booklover423
    1y ago

    One more question: do you ever have moments of self doubt? Or did you along the way? And, if so, what did you do to push through it? Thanks for your time.

    One more question: do you ever have moments of self doubt? Or did you along the way? And, if so, what did you do to push through it? Thanks for your time.

    • Rebecca Minkoff
      Rebecca Minkoff Industry Leader in Accessible Luxury Handbags, Accessories, Footwear, and Apparel
      1y ago

      If anyone tells you they didn't ever have self-doubt, they're lying. I've had it. I still have it. And I think the one thing that you have to do when you have that is somehow on the outside act like you don't have it. And in 99% of those cases, the other person's going to believe you. So I think that when you get good, and you get practice at pushing it off to the side, and saying, 'You know what? That's noise' - When you get better at that, it's almost like a muscle and you just start flexing that muscle, and you say, 'Ok, cool. Thanks for the information. Thanks for the criticism. F You.' And you push it to the side and move on. And I think that ultimately the self-doubt will get less, the less you listen to it. The more you listen to it, the more it's going to grow like a bad wart.

      If anyone tells you they didn't ever have self-doubt, they're lying. I've had it. I still have it. And I think the one thing that you have to do when you have that is somehow on the outside act like you don't have it. And in 99% of those cases, the other person's going to believe you. So I think that when you get good, and you get practice at pushing it off to the side, and saying, 'You know what? That's noise' - When you get better at that, it's almost like a muscle and you just start flexing that muscle, and you say, 'Ok, cool. Thanks for the information. Thanks for the criticism. F You.' And you push it to the side and move on. And I think that ultimately the self-doubt will get less, the less you listen to it. The more you listen to it, the more it's going to grow like a bad wart.

  • Maddy Bernstein

    How is the beauty and fashion industry changing over the next few years? Do you see everything shifting fully to online one day?

    How is the beauty and fashion industry changing over the next few years? Do you see everything shifting fully to online one day?

    • Maddy Bernstein

      I mean when we go shopping, will it be more online vs. in person.

      I mean when we go shopping, will it be more online vs. in person.

    • Rebecca Minkoff
      Rebecca Minkoff Industry Leader in Accessible Luxury Handbags, Accessories, Footwear, and Apparel
      1y ago

      I don't think it's ever going to shift online fully one day. I think humans are social beings and there's going to be a want or need to go and touch something. Maybe you'll buy it online afterwards but there's going to be a want or need to get together, to touch and feel, to try on, to smell a candle. I think there are going to be these tactile things. Digital is incredible but you're going to want that element of experiencing fashion and beauty with the other senses. Maybe in the future stores become more like showrooms, where you don't buy anything at all. Instead, you just look, touch and feel and get a sense of the brand and everything is later delivered to your house.

      I don't think it's ever going to shift online fully one day. I think humans are social beings and there's going to be a want or need to go and touch something. Maybe you'll buy it online afterwards but there's going to be a want or need to get together, to touch and feel, to try on, to smell a candle. I think there are going to be these tactile things. Digital is incredible but you're going to want that element of experiencing fashion and beauty with the other senses. Maybe in the future stores become more like showrooms, where you don't buy anything at all. Instead, you just look, touch and feel and get a sense of the brand and everything is later delivered to your house.

  • Courtney Dercqu
    Courtney Dercqu Influencer
    1y ago

    Hi, I'm a huge, huge fan of yours! What advice would you give to someone who has a different style than everybody else? Case and point: I walked in to work today wearing cute black booties, cat eye sunglasses, a floppy hat, and a black sweater dress. I walk into work and immediately everyone tells me that Halloween isn't here yet and I should stop dressing like a witch. Now, I know they're joking with me, but comments like that can really hurt someone. Personal style is a form of expression. Working in the fashion industry, have you ever encountered comments like that? What advice would you give to someone who struggles with being truly themselves when others critique them? What is your inspiration for your art? Does that inspiration ever vary?

    Hi, I'm a huge, huge fan of yours! What advice would you give to someone who has a different style than everybody else? Case and point: I walked in to work today wearing cute black booties, cat eye sunglasses, a floppy hat, and a black sweater dress. I walk into work and immediately everyone tells me that Halloween isn't here yet and I should stop dressing like a witch. Now, I know they're joking with me, but comments like that can really hurt someone. Personal style is a form of expression. Working in the fashion industry, have you ever encountered comments like that? What advice would you give to someone who struggles with being truly themselves when others critique them? What is your inspiration for your art? Does that inspiration ever vary?

    • Rebecca Minkoff
      Rebecca Minkoff Industry Leader in Accessible Luxury Handbags, Accessories, Footwear, and Apparel
      1y ago

      I think you need to decide, are you dressing for others or are you dressing for yourself? Because if you're dressing for yourself, then it doesn't really matter what other people think. And pushing boundaries? You have some of the most successful artists in the world getting criticized. So don't listen to them. If you're happy with how you look, go with it.

      I think you need to decide, are you dressing for others or are you dressing for yourself? Because if you're dressing for yourself, then it doesn't really matter what other people think. And pushing boundaries? You have some of the most successful artists in the world getting criticized. So don't listen to them. If you're happy with how you look, go with it.

  • Melanie Elturk
    Melanie Elturk CEO, Haute Hijab
    1y ago

    Rebecca! What an honor! I was one of the hijab-wearing women thankful enough to sit up front in your show this past weekend. It was such a kick-ass show and thank you for facilitating my dream-come-true moment of seeing Olivia Palermo in person! HA! My question - as a designer for hijabs and clothing for Muslim women here in NYC a challenge I face is spreading myself too thin in different categories. You've been so successful in many different categories be it handbags, footwear, accessories or apparel. How do you navigate the trajectory of these different categories - do you conquer one category first before moving over into others? Or is it more of a all-at-once approach? Thank you so much for doing this - you're an inspiration! Best, Melanie Elturk www.hautehijab.com

    Rebecca! What an honor! I was one of the hijab-wearing women thankful enough to sit up front in your show this past weekend. It was such a kick-ass show and thank you for facilitating my dream-come-true moment of seeing Olivia Palermo in person! HA! My question - as a designer for hijabs and clothing for Muslim women here in NYC a challenge I face is spreading myself too thin in different categories. You've been so successful in many different categories be it handbags, footwear, accessories or apparel. How do you navigate the trajectory of these different categories - do you conquer one category first before moving over into others? Or is it more of a all-at-once approach? Thank you so much for doing this - you're an inspiration! Best, Melanie Elturk www.hautehijab.com

    • Rebecca Minkoff
      Rebecca Minkoff Industry Leader in Accessible Luxury Handbags, Accessories, Footwear, and Apparel
      1y ago

      I saw you in the audience. I'm glad you came! I'd say we spent four years focusing on handbags before we said, 'Ok, we have to do something even if we're not ready because we don't want to get pigeonholed and stuck as only a handbag brand.' I had an apparel background so we decided to really launch the clothing and then the next natural progression was shoes and then jewelry and I think now we have cold weather/ scarves. And I think each time we wanted to keep launching, even if there weren't enough people in the company to handle it, because we knew, at the end of the day, this is a lifestyle brand and we wanted to have everyone enjoy a piece of it.

      I saw you in the audience. I'm glad you came! I'd say we spent four years focusing on handbags before we said, 'Ok, we have to do something even if we're not ready because we don't want to get pigeonholed and stuck as only a handbag brand.' I had an apparel background so we decided to really launch the clothing and then the next natural progression was shoes and then jewelry and I think now we have cold weather/ scarves. And I think each time we wanted to keep launching, even if there weren't enough people in the company to handle it, because we knew, at the end of the day, this is a lifestyle brand and we wanted to have everyone enjoy a piece of it.

  • respfashionhub

    Hello Rebecca - I wonder, given the state of the industry and the impact it has on the environment and workers in the supply chain - does sustainability ever enter into your designs and business model? How do you ensure that your brand is 'ethical'?

    Hello Rebecca - I wonder, given the state of the industry and the impact it has on the environment and workers in the supply chain - does sustainability ever enter into your designs and business model? How do you ensure that your brand is 'ethical'?

    • Rebecca Minkoff
      Rebecca Minkoff Industry Leader in Accessible Luxury Handbags, Accessories, Footwear, and Apparel
      1y ago

      What we did is probably the most transformative to the industry as a whole because we cut off Fast Fashion at the knees. Fast Fashion is the number one producer of waste in this industry, whether it be environmental waste, leftover fabric, or treatment of people. In creating an embargo of the images, they're not able to copy us. So we get to market first, the consumer pays for our goods, we have ethical treatment, we ship in sustainable packaging. I think that if everybody did this, then you wouldn't want to go to a Fast Fashion retailer because they wouldn't have anything that's on trend and cheaper and that model would hopefully disintegrate and then if you wanted something, you would go to the person who created it.

      What we did is probably the most transformative to the industry as a whole because we cut off Fast Fashion at the knees. Fast Fashion is the number one producer of waste in this industry, whether it be environmental waste, leftover fabric, or treatment of people. In creating an embargo of the images, they're not able to copy us. So we get to market first, the consumer pays for our goods, we have ethical treatment, we ship in sustainable packaging. I think that if everybody did this, then you wouldn't want to go to a Fast Fashion retailer because they wouldn't have anything that's on trend and cheaper and that model would hopefully disintegrate and then if you wanted something, you would go to the person who created it.

  • tishita
    1y ago

    when you are designing a new collection, who do you imagine as the woman wearing it?

    when you are designing a new collection, who do you imagine as the woman wearing it?

    • Rebecca Minkoff
      Rebecca Minkoff Industry Leader in Accessible Luxury Handbags, Accessories, Footwear, and Apparel
      1y ago

      There are always different women, different places, different sort of ideas floating in my head. But at the end of the day, I'm designing for a woman who wants to live a more fearless life. So it's that woman who's taking that first step in something. It might be a first job, a first interview, the first time she doesn't call a guy back. It's the first time she quits. It's those moments - and we want to be there for her. We want her to feel like, 'I've got my jacket on and I feel good abut this decision.'

      There are always different women, different places, different sort of ideas floating in my head. But at the end of the day, I'm designing for a woman who wants to live a more fearless life. So it's that woman who's taking that first step in something. It might be a first job, a first interview, the first time she doesn't call a guy back. It's the first time she quits. It's those moments - and we want to be there for her. We want her to feel like, 'I've got my jacket on and I feel good abut this decision.'

  • ahc328
    1y ago

    Hi Rebecca! I'm always curious to know how it all began... If you could meet to your 13 year old self, what advice would you give her? And how about your 21 year old self? Thank you so much for you time!

    Hi Rebecca! I'm always curious to know how it all began... If you could meet to your 13 year old self, what advice would you give her? And how about your 21 year old self? Thank you so much for you time!

    • Rebecca Minkoff
      Rebecca Minkoff Industry Leader in Accessible Luxury Handbags, Accessories, Footwear, and Apparel
      1y ago

      So at 13 years old, I was a AA and I had braces and I hadn't grown into my nose yet. So I would say to that 13-year-old self, 'When the braces come off, you will be able to smile again without being ashamed. You will eventually have a chest that you wish was that small again. And one day a boy will kiss you.' As for my 21-year-old self, I would say, 'You should have broken up with that guy a long time ago. And don't worry, everything you wanted, everything you moved here for, everything you sacrificed for now, is going to be ok.'

      So at 13 years old, I was a AA and I had braces and I hadn't grown into my nose yet. So I would say to that 13-year-old self, 'When the braces come off, you will be able to smile again without being ashamed. You will eventually have a chest that you wish was that small again. And one day a boy will kiss you.' As for my 21-year-old self, I would say, 'You should have broken up with that guy a long time ago. And don't worry, everything you wanted, everything you moved here for, everything you sacrificed for now, is going to be ok.'

  • Rachel Borowicz
    Rachel Borowicz Software Engineer & Arts Philanthropist
    1y ago

    What has been the biggest lesson you've learned in terms of heartbreak?

    What has been the biggest lesson you've learned in terms of heartbreak?

    • Rebecca Minkoff
      Rebecca Minkoff Industry Leader in Accessible Luxury Handbags, Accessories, Footwear, and Apparel
      1y ago

      The biggest lesson that I've learned in terms of heartbreak came at a time when I was distraught, for a period of two or three years, over a guy that had broken my heart. And I had actually flown out to LA to kind of rekindle that romance and that's when I met my husband. And the minute I met the right guy, it was shocking to me that I had lamented for two years, wasted all of that time. And then I met the right one. When that happened, it didn't even occur to me anymore - I didn't even have to think about any heartbreak. You have to remember that there are 7 billion souls on this planet. There's not just one.

      The biggest lesson that I've learned in terms of heartbreak came at a time when I was distraught, for a period of two or three years, over a guy that had broken my heart. And I had actually flown out to LA to kind of rekindle that romance and that's when I met my husband. And the minute I met the right guy, it was shocking to me that I had lamented for two years, wasted all of that time. And then I met the right one. When that happened, it didn't even occur to me anymore - I didn't even have to think about any heartbreak. You have to remember that there are 7 billion souls on this planet. There's not just one.

  • Kathy May
    Kathy May Associate at Deustche Bank
    1y ago

    Rebecca, I admire you so much. You are one of my greatest role models. How have you enjoyed working with your brother? Do you see it as a benefit to work with family?

    Rebecca, I admire you so much. You are one of my greatest role models. How have you enjoyed working with your brother? Do you see it as a benefit to work with family?

    • Rebecca Minkoff
      Rebecca Minkoff Industry Leader in Accessible Luxury Handbags, Accessories, Footwear, and Apparel
      1y ago

      My brother sacrificed almost everything to do this. We've had a great run. We've really tried to respect each other's lanes and our own expertises. That being said, we are brother and sister and we do sometimes disagree. When you're brother and sister, you're more honest, I think, than you might be with a business partner. But we now go twice a year to see a relationship counselor and that's been really helpful because we sort of air out all of our issues, get it on the table and then handle it and go back to work. And since we started doing that, it's been very helpful. There's benefits to doing it with a member of your family. I don't know which member of your family you're talking about. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. I think the main thing is you have to find someone that you trust and that has a strength that you don't have.

      My brother sacrificed almost everything to do this. We've had a great run. We've really tried to respect each other's lanes and our own expertises. That being said, we are brother and sister and we do sometimes disagree. When you're brother and sister, you're more honest, I think, than you might be with a business partner. But we now go twice a year to see a relationship counselor and that's been really helpful because we sort of air out all of our issues, get it on the table and then handle it and go back to work. And since we started doing that, it's been very helpful. There's benefits to doing it with a member of your family. I don't know which member of your family you're talking about. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. I think the main thing is you have to find someone that you trust and that has a strength that you don't have.

  • Jennifer Harwell

    You are the greatest fashion designer of our generation today, in my honest opinion. What are your plans for future expansion of the Rebecca Minkoff empire?

    You are the greatest fashion designer of our generation today, in my honest opinion. What are your plans for future expansion of the Rebecca Minkoff empire?

    • Rebecca Minkoff
      Rebecca Minkoff Industry Leader in Accessible Luxury Handbags, Accessories, Footwear, and Apparel
      1y ago

      We have conversations about what is our three-, five- , ten-year plan all the time. We're opening our Chicago store later this year. That's significant. Then we're going to explore, once we have our four key stores, what is the future of retail, outside of mainstream America, how do we touch a girl in Alabama and Idaho and Ohio and these smaller towns, because we're wanting to experiment with what that model will look like. Five years from now, we would love to have more of a global presence. We already have stores in Hong Kong. We have two there and we're opening one in Abu Dhabi and one in Qatar. Ten years from now, I would love to take some time off. I would love to just travel the world with my children, even if it's just a three-month journey. I would love to just be able to go on an adventure as a family and kind of just check out for a minute. But that's a long time from now.

      We have conversations about what is our three-, five- , ten-year plan all the time. We're opening our Chicago store later this year. That's significant. Then we're going to explore, once we have our four key stores, what is the future of retail, outside of mainstream America, how do we touch a girl in Alabama and Idaho and Ohio and these smaller towns, because we're wanting to experiment with what that model will look like. Five years from now, we would love to have more of a global presence. We already have stores in Hong Kong. We have two there and we're opening one in Abu Dhabi and one in Qatar. Ten years from now, I would love to take some time off. I would love to just travel the world with my children, even if it's just a three-month journey. I would love to just be able to go on an adventure as a family and kind of just check out for a minute. But that's a long time from now.

  • Georgina Purcell
    Georgina Purcell Business Consultant
    1y ago

    You are so beautiful Rebecca! On top of being so talented, brilliant, and hardworking. What is your beauty regimen like in the mornings and at nights? What is your favorite type of work day like?

    You are so beautiful Rebecca! On top of being so talented, brilliant, and hardworking. What is your beauty regimen like in the mornings and at nights? What is your favorite type of work day like?

  • Boyana Tinoco 71

    Hi Rebecca! What do you think are the actions you took that made you successful? Also, how is life with kids in NYC?

    Hi Rebecca! What do you think are the actions you took that made you successful? Also, how is life with kids in NYC?

    • Rebecca Minkoff
      Rebecca Minkoff Industry Leader in Accessible Luxury Handbags, Accessories, Footwear, and Apparel
      1y ago

      I think the actions that I took that made a difference between our success and failure is possessing an element of fearlessness. Fearlessness is something you have to have if you want to be an entrepreneur. I think it's important to find a white space, to know that communication in however way you do that is your most powerful tool and that you have to constantly be out there, meeting with people, talking with people, promoting your product. If you have issues with communicating or you're shy - you have to address that. You have to be in the spotlight, to a degree, to be in the fashion industry, especially if you want your own line. You have to surround yourself with people who can do things that you can't. And it's far better to know what you can't do than to pretend because you'll only be better at business if you know what you're not good at.

      I think the actions that I took that made a difference between our success and failure is possessing an element of fearlessness. Fearlessness is something you have to have if you want to be an entrepreneur. I think it's important to find a white space, to know that communication in however way you do that is your most powerful tool and that you have to constantly be out there, meeting with people, talking with people, promoting your product. If you have issues with communicating or you're shy - you have to address that. You have to be in the spotlight, to a degree, to be in the fashion industry, especially if you want your own line. You have to surround yourself with people who can do things that you can't. And it's far better to know what you can't do than to pretend because you'll only be better at business if you know what you're not good at.

      • Rebecca Minkoff
        Rebecca Minkoff Industry Leader in Accessible Luxury Handbags, Accessories, Footwear, and Apparel
        1y ago

        In terms of raising kids in New York City - We moved out of the city into Brooklyn when my son was a year and a half because we didn't want to constantly yank him back when he was on a sidewalk and we wanted an element of a lawn. So we moved to Dumbo and there's a big park in front of our apartment and they're thriving. They're stimulated all the time and at a moment's notice we can go outside, we can go to restaurants. I would not change that. I just try to get them out into nature on weekends, and get them running outside, away from the city, so that they can experience that feeling of, 'I was in the backyard and my mom wasn't watching me' - those things that you might take for granted if you don't live here.

        In terms of raising kids in New York City - We moved out of the city into Brooklyn when my son was a year and a half because we didn't want to constantly yank him back when he was on a sidewalk and we wanted an element of a lawn. So we moved to Dumbo and there's a big park in front of our apartment and they're thriving. They're stimulated all the time and at a moment's notice we can go outside, we can go to restaurants. I would not change that. I just try to get them out into nature on weekends, and get them running outside, away from the city, so that they can experience that feeling of, 'I was in the backyard and my mom wasn't watching me' - those things that you might take for granted if you don't live here.

        • Boyana Tinoco 71

          Thanks a lot for your answer. It gives me quite some insight into entrepreneurship and raising kids in a big city, something I definitely consider doing. I appreciate you taking the time to reply.

          Thanks a lot for your answer. It gives me quite some insight into entrepreneurship and raising kids in a big city, something I definitely consider doing. I appreciate you taking the time to reply.


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Industry Leader in Accessible Luxury Handbags, Accessories, Footwear, and Apparel

An industry leader in accessible luxury handbags, accessories, footwear and apparel, Rebecca Minkoff’s playful and subtly edgy designs can be spotted around the world on young women and celebrities alike. After developing an affinity for design while in the costume department in high school, [...]

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