The Ethics Behind What You Wear

Going to India and Interning- All While A Freshmen

Breaking the generally accepted stigma that freshman can’t find meaningful internships, Navya Kaur, gives us the inside scoop on what it’s like to shadow and work for an amazing mentor her freshman year of college. Her first internship, did what every internship should do, giving her the motivation to continue on her journey towards her dream career in fashion and not let go of who she is. She is an inspirational trendsetter that is going to show the world that it’s not hard to be stylish and socially aware of the current ethical problems the fashion industry faces.   

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Can you tell me a little bit about yourself?

I am a double Merchandising and Digital Retailing major with a minor in Business. I am a sophomore. My biggest dream in life is to own my company and I really want to become an ethical fashion retailer because I think we tend to forget about the importance of sustainability and making sure that we are putting the people that work at big corporations have a viable place to work. It is important to make sure the environment is safe and healthy. Ideally I’d like to start working with third world countries and work with the artists there. I would like to bring their craft back here and sell it because the stuff they do is beautiful and I think it’s so underrated. Eventually, I want to have my own company doing this or become a fashion journalist. My other passion is writing and I actually have a blog that I work on all the time. In my free time, I’m looking at Vogue magazines and working on my blog.

What is your blog about?

I noticed that a lot of fashion bloggers have these beautiful pictures, but they don’t have any good copy to go with it. I was trying to find a good balance between having really good pictures and having meaningful copy to go with it. Whatever is going on with me personally or in the world I talk about that. I’m trying to work on a piece right now about the current political situation and I’m wearing like red, blue, and white. I just really enjoy writing about things that matter and tying that into fashion.

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What started your interest in blogging?

I was fixated on fashion, but my other passion is writing. It was really difficult because I couldn’t decide between the two. So for awhile I thought I wanted a journalism degree and I was really involved in the Journalism department in high school. I was editor-in-chief of the yearbook. Leaving high school, I didn’t want to give that up completely, so I thought having a blog in college would keep me on my toes and I still practice writing. I thought, not only will I have my degree, but I also have this blog because I really care about this. Ideally I would have a business and I would still get to write every day. Blogging is a really good way for me to project. I think that a lot of people just dismiss fashion as being a very materialistic and shallow world, which it can be, but I also think that it has a lot of meaning because what you wear shapes how you act and the situations you’re in. It just really says a lot about your environment and who you are as a person. I like to write about that and talk about what I am wearing and why it’s significant. I like to write about what’s going on in the world.    

Where did you hear about your internship?

It was my first semester at college and I was in Ms. Zorola’s Intro to Merchandising class. I really wanted to make the most of my college experience, so this woman named Marissa Heyl came in to talk to us about her company called Symbology. She works with artists in India and creates fashion apparel. It’s different than others because it’s very trendy and that’s exactly what I wanted to do. She came in as a guest speaker and afterwards I was really interested in talking with her about NuView. I was a writer at that point and I wanted to interview her. I wanted to ask her what it was like to have a fashion startup because it’s just so competitive. So I got her information and her contact. I did a phone interview with her and while we were talking we just really hit it off because we had the same beliefs and values on how important sustainability and ethical fashion are. Throughout the year, I just did a lot of different projects with her. I created a line sheet for her, attended a fashion show, and went to market with her to model her clothes. So by the time May rolled around she offered me an internship.    

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Any great experiences from your internship?

The coolest thing was that I was actually in India for six weeks this past summer for a family wedding and Marissa’s production facilities were actually only thirty minutes away from where I was staying and she had her spring collection being produced at that time. So I actually got to go where the production was happening and talk to the artists and interview them. I got to really see the process first hand and it was such a cool experience. I got to talk to the woman who was in charge of it and we talked about the design for her next tunic top. We talked about what the placement would be and what colors we would use. I got to see the fabrics she was using and whether the shades and quality were going to be right. Really just being in India and seeing the production first hand was so amazing because I got to see all this work that I was doing here in Grapevine, Texas come to life.

What did you learn from your internship?

Work ethic is so important because I remember that one of the biggest reasons she even offered me an internship as a Freshman in college is because I have personally been raised that if I make a commitment and there is a deadline I keep within that deadline and make sure not to disappoint someone who is relying on me. I think the most important thing you can do, whether it’s with your personally life, your job, or with school, is to just make sure that you really have that great work ethic. Follow those deadlines and put in your all. Just really do the best you can because people really do appreciate that. Even if you mess up they see that you are trying your hardest and that’s enough.

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What were some of your proudest moments from the internship?

Honestly, the entire internship I was just so filled with pride. I don’t know how it happened, but this awesome opportunity just fell into my lap, which combined fashion with these super important social issues that are so important to me. I had this awesome internship opportunity for me to spend my summer days just working with clothes and these awesome people that have the same mission that I do and making an impact on these tiny villages in India. It was so fulfilling. So really I don’t think I could pinpoint one moment it was just so gratifying and satisfying to have the whole experience in general.

Do you have any advice for someone looking for an internship or starting one?

You really don’t know where your opportunity is going to come from. You have to look in the weirdest places. Networking is so important because you build these relationships and that’s where the opportunities arise. I literally spoke to Marissa once after class and we had one interview and this amazing relationship came out of it and I had this great opportunity. I am still in touch with her. She is coming to one of my meetings for a business organization I’m a part of and she’s going to be a guest speaker. I know that throughout my career as I progress I’m going to have this person that can vouch for me and say that I can do a good job and that’s so encouraging. You can’t just go to class and think that it’s enough. To really make the most of this experience you really have to go out of your way to find these opportunities and make the most of it and meet as many people as you can. At first it can be really difficult to push yourself to talk to people, but once you do you feel really good about it.

Anything interesting you want to add?

For my blog for sure, I definitely intend on keeping it and if something comes out of it that’s amazing. For me it’s really more of a hobby and an outlet for me to get my thoughts out. I really enjoy writing and I hope someday that my career leads me to a place where I can be in fashion and writing. As far as my internship, I am totally a proponent for ethical fashion and making sure that we are treating employers justly and being socially conscious. It’s so important to know the consequence of what you’re buying. This internship was really helpful because it gave me the confidence because I know that other people care about these issues which means that I can further my career in this. I definitely intend on keeping ethical fashion and sustainability at the forefront of what I do. It was definitely beneficial for my career because I have a better hold on it.    

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Is ethical awareness in fashion something that you practice in your personal life?

I try really hard to stay away from Forever21, H&M, and similar stores. I’ve actually started buying a lot of my clothes from India because I go there and I have family that visit so often. A lot of those clothes are handmade and you know exactly where they are coming from. You’re helping families in need. I just love the ethical and tribal look of Indian clothes. I also get a lot of my clothes from Buffalo Exchange in Dallas. I recognize that it’s a struggle because if you’re shopping ethically the price is raised and as a college kid you can’t really afford that. But I think just taking small steps everyday to just google where your clothes come from is good. For example: What are Forever 21’s factory regulations? Even if you can’t actively act on that in your everyday life and drop like three hundred dollars on a vegan leather purse, at least try to understand the consequences for where you’re shopping and what you’re doing. I’m trying, it’s a process and I think that as we, as a society become more aware of it, it will be easier to shop ethically.

Navya is definitely not your average college student. She stands out among a sea of students and wants everyone to understand that college is a once in a lifetime experience that you must take advantage of fully. Her passion and honesty is inspiring and uplifting. To read more about Navya’s internship and travels check out her blog and Instagram.

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Visit Navya’s blog, thewitchclique.com and follow her on instagram @navyakaur.

Words by Rikki Willingham

Edit by Carolina Gonzalez and Maia Wilson

Photos from Navya

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Feeling the Denim Blues?

5 unique and easy ways to take your denim to the next level

photo-1We all have that favorite pair of denim jeans that we wear constantly and we will probably never grow tired of. That one pair of jeans that you will have to pry out of our hands once they are too far gone, you know… that point where it’s no longer socially acceptable to wear them. But what about all the other pairs of jeans we have hanging in our closets? The ones we bought and never wear anymore because we are bored of them? What do we do with those? We get to work!

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Here are 5 ideas to get you in the mood:

Look One – Don’t Cringe… Fringe!

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Cut thin strips around the ankle of the denim (they will fray further after washing) then unleash your inner Picasso and use fabric paint to create your own print that is unique to you, here is where you can get super creative. Let it dry for 72 hours, then toss in the wash!

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Look Two – Ripped off

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You will not believe how easy this one is! Edward Scissorhands will be asking YOU for advice once you finish these jeans. Cut one hole along the left thigh and another on the right knee. Wash/Dry. To take the look one step further slip on a pair of fishnet tights.

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Look Three – Bat Those Lashes

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For this look first use chalk to sketch out the lashes then take fabric paint and a thin brush to trace over the chalk to create perfect eyelashes. The pocket embellishment was created by simply turning the jeans inside out and cutting out every part of the pocket. The hem on the bottom was completed by cutting out a rectangular shape along the inner ankle.

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Look Four – Take A Bow

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Grab some ribbon in your color of choice, cut two tiny holes, slip the ribbon through and tie a bow. Use a dot of glue to insure that the bow stays in its place. Apply this technique to add as many bows as your heart desires.

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Look Five – I’m Not a Wrapper

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Take one of your summer scarves and transition it into Fall by inserting the scarf into the belt loops of your jeans. Tie it in a bow, tie it in a knot, tie it however you want!

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We hope this article inspires you to go out and create your own special pair of denim! Don’t forget to share your beautiful creations on social media with the hashtag #nuviewmagazine. We cannot wait to see what you make!

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Words by Bailey Womack

Edit by Maia Wilson

Photography by Michaela Bull

Models: Chloe Gonzales, Bailey Womack, Andrea Grant, Kimmy Schram, and Sarah Mohring

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What Brought Her Fame

A North Texas alumni & designer shares her success story

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Shirin Askari is a Fashion Designer and UNT alum with a passion like none other. She started designing from a very young age, and has since been a contestant on Project Runway. More recently, she began her own collection called “ASKARI.” Her collections are sold online and in over 175 boutiques, and focus on designing for women of all body types at an affordable price.

What path led you to become the successful designer you are now?

When I was about to graduate from UNT, I had broken my knee, so I had to spend my last few months of college on crutches. By the end of the year, I had wanted to go to Italy, but I had to cancel my trip because of my injury, so I ended up just at home searching online for jobs. One of my professors actually e-mailed me about auditions for Project Runway. I hadn’t planned on auditioning, but I really had nothing better to do. I turned in a video, and got on the show a few months after graduation! After that, I decided to move to New York for a while to “strike while the iron was hot”, and learn everything I didn’t learn in school. I went back to Dallas to launch my first collection, and that’s really how it all started. After doing a higher-end line for about five years, I decided to do what I really wanted, which was to make women’s clothing at a better price point.

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Resort 2016 Show at the Indigo Angency Showroom

Was there ever a time you doubted working in the fashion industry?

Of course! Anyone who has been in the fashion industry knows that it can be brutal and defeating. You have to work so hard. It’s 2% glamorous and 98% hard work, and it’s a really hard business because it’s so subjective. You have to grow a very thick skin. You need to really love it, or else you’ll just be miserable.

What are some ways you find inspiration for new collections?

It really depends on the season. A lot of times I’m inspired by art, and architecture. I go to museums and take inspiration for my prints. I like my prints to be abstract, and like paintings – what you’re wearing is a piece of art.

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Askari in the studio with her team planning next season’s launch

How would you describe your target consumer?

Women that are the ages between 25 and 45 is usually our target customer, but it is a very broad range of customers because I have such a broad range of styles that fit many body shapes. There are pieces that work for an 18 year old, and pieces that work for a 60 year old. It makes a contemporary statement at a more moderate price point.

What type of traits do you think a person must have to be successful in the fashion industry?

You would need to be an extremely hard worker who goes above and beyond what you’re asked to do, because you have to be open and willing to learn all the aspects of the industry.

What advice would you give to a UNT student who hasn’t found success in the fashion industry yet, but wants to?

Don’t be afraid to learn all the aspects of the industry. Explore the industry and be willing to work hard to learn everything you can. Maybe you’ll fall in love with something else! Maybe you’ll find your place in a different part of the industry that you never thought you wanted to do. You’ll never know until you try. Most people when they graduate from school want to go from A-Z, but it doesn’t work that way. Just enjoy the journey and learn as much as you can!

What would you say was the turning point for your career?

When I was finally able to launch the line I’m doing now it was a really proud moment for me because I had spent so much time wanting to do it, and everything is made locally, and at the price-point I wanted. It was a huge step for me, but all the little successes that got me there almost mean more because they are what made me the person I am today.

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Pictured (from Right to Left): Shirin, Her Business partner, David, and Davids wife who is a breast cancer surviror. In October, Askari donated a percentage of all her orders to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. The Indigo Agency showroom held a “Pink Party” to help bring awareness and fundraise even more for the cause.

 

How do you hope to move forward with “Askari”?

Our goal for this next year is to expand our number of accounts. We just got a rep in Atlanta, so we’re broadening to that territory, and we now also have a rep in L.A. It’s exciting because we sell so differently in different regions.

Shirin Askari and the “ASKARI” collection are expanding rapidly to more regions and consumers, and rightfully so. It was an honor to be able to talk with her more in depth about the success she’s had in the fashion industry, and about her beautiful collections. It will be exciting to see what her future brings, and watch her journey unfold as she continues to make UNT proud!

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See Shirin Askari’s collection at askaricollection.com. And follow her on social media @askaricollection.

Words by Reilly Farris

Edit by Carolina Gonzalez and Taylar Gomez

Photos from Shirin Askari

MEAN GREEN IN THE BIG APPLE

The NY Study Tour Experience

 

The New York study tour is one of the most popular trips. Four girls, Marissa Williams (Junior Merchandising and Digital Retail Major), Mindy Le (Hospitality, Merchandising, & Digital Retailing), Sarah Muller (Junior Merchandising and Digital Retail), and Taelor Burke (Senior DIgital Retailing Major), give us an inside look on what it’s like to experience the tour. As I walked in to meet them for the group interview, I could immediately tell that they were all super excited to see each other once again. Their experiences are all unique and the tour definitely impacted their college experience.

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Why did you choose New York for your study abroad experience?

Sarah: I am actually from New Jersey, so when I graduate I would really like to go back home and live in New Jersey and work in Manhattan, so I thought that going to New York would be the best experience for me to see what kind of jobs are available close to home.  

Marissa: I thought it was a stepping stone. You go on the NY study tour and that leads to other tours you could also do. Also, at the same time you get to make contacts with people and network with them on LinkedIn. That brings out more job opportunities and internships later on.

Taelor: I for one, just love New York and I really wanted to get out of Texas. I wanted to see what was outside of Texas. With New York being one of the top fashion places, there is a lot of merchandising there, but digital retail too. I just thought it would be a great opportunity to network and see how they work everyday instead of just reading online. It’s different being there and seeing everything.

Mindy: I think it was just a great opportunity to see what the companies were like and be able to visit their offices. I wanted to see their working environments and listen to them talk about the environments. It’s a really unique opportunity to experience. Visiting the fashion companies is just something you don’t get to do everyday. Since I am also a hospitality major I just love travel.

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What companies did you guys get to visit?

The group visited so many companies: Kohl’s, Ross, Tory Burch, Macy’s, Saks, Tri-Coastal Designs, Global Brands, Parsons, Bonobos, and Arvato.

Sarah: I really remember Bonobos and Macy’s because they were the best.

Marissa: And Kohl’s!

All: Kohl’s was so amazing!

Marissa: You don’t realize how big these companies are until you actually go there. You don’t know some of these companies, but then you go in and realize who they manufacture to. You find out what products they produce for other people. I saw some of the gifts that they gave us in the store.

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What was your typical day like in the city?

Sarah: What you do is you go to these companies and you start off at 9 a.m. and by like 3 p.m. you are finished. After that it’s just up to you to explore and find what you want to do.

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Prior to the trip, what were you most excited about?

Taelor: Tory Burch! I was really excited about actually going to New York and staying there. I’ve only been a couple times, but they have both been one or two days. It was nice to actually stay there. It felt like an actual teaser of what it would be like if I did live there.

Marissa: We got to do so much there. You could literally walk out and say what doI want to do today? We had so many options which was the best part.

Sarah: I was just really excited to see NYC from a retail perspective. I’ve been to NY many times, but I see the same things over and over again. I was just excited to see it from a perspective that I was interested in.

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How did you prepare for your trip to the Big Apple?

Taelor: I made sure that my LinkedIn account looked great. I would get the professionals’ emails and reach out to them that way. I just really wanted to be prepared before going.  

Marissa: I didn’t and I really wish I did.

Taelor: Making sure that you prepare your outfits is important because you not only had to pack business attire, but you had to pack enough clothing for all the different activities and the environment.

Sarah: Pack Comfortable shoes!

Mindy Le: I had the smallest suitcase, but I was the most comfortable.

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What was your goal for the trip?

Taelor: Learn lots! Play lots!

Sarah: I kind of just wanted to see what was out there professional wise because there so much in New York. You could be a buyer or a planner, but then there is a billion and one other jobs that you didn’t know existed until you got there.

Taelor: My goal was just to network and see what the companies do on a daily basis. It’s totally different from reading a job description, it seems boring. When you’re there and they talk about it you realize that it actually seems fun.

Marissa: I’d say the same thing about Networking but also seeing what they do and not just hearing about it in our classes. We hear about the different job opportunities in class, but then when we are there watching them, seeing their offices, seeing where they work— it’s different.

Mindy: I was looking forward to understanding the different companies cultures and their procedures they go through to do whatever job they are doing. Like at Tory Burch they gave us a whole packet of their entire product development process. That was really cool to look at.

Sarah: We got to play with their beautiful product that hasn’t even come out yet.

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Any advice for people going on upcoming New York trip?

Sarah: Join Merchandising Inc and participate in the activities such as TMS, so that you can apply for study tour awards

Taelor: Be open to making new friends and be open minded about things. Especially food!

Mindy: Bring an umbrella.

Marissa: Don’t take it too seriously. You take it serious to a point, but if you’re all work work work you’re not going to go out and see things. You’re not gonna go and have fun and it’s a part of the trip.  

Sarah: That’s equally as important as your business trips, getting to experience the culture.

Marissa: For me even the business appointments were fun. They were awesome!

The group really appreciated the chance to visit NYC and are looking forward to potentially living there one day, or even just going back to visit. They learned a lot about the different possibilities for careers in fashion and how to network with different professionals and companies. Plus, it was a once in a lifetime opportunity they don’t and will not regret!

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To see their past NY adventures, follow Marissa Williams (marissa_williams25 ), Sarah Muller(sarahmullerxo), Mindy Le (@themindyle), and Taelar Burke(@taelorburke) on Instagram and see photos below.

Words by Rikki Willingham

Edits by Taylar Gomez, Carolina Gonzalez, and Maia Wilson

All photos taken from the NY study tour trip

Strutting with Style

Life Tips and Laughs with Abby

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According to Abby Santillana, all you need is red lipstick,a great pair of shoes, and the confidence of a runway model to have a good day. People like my good friend Abby are hard to find. Her style is all encompassing. Her infectious joy for life and vivacious personality instantly make the people she interacts with feel like they’ve never had a bad day in their life! Abby is a merchandising and digital retailing major in here sophomore year at UNT. She is also the fashion coordinator for the Filipino Student Association’s Choreoblock dance team. I sat down with Abby and some Starbucks to chat about her passions, who inspires her, and tacos.   

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I just love the movement. The connection to any song that’s playing.

So, what brought you into dancing?

Gosh, what didn’t bring me into dancing? When I was three, I started dancing ballet, and my mom would take me dancing everyday. When I was 10, she wanted me to try something different. She took me to hip hop, and after that first class, I never went to ballet again.

What do you love about it?

Just the movement. The connection to any song that’s playing. I feel like I’m very good at freestyling because there are so many beats in a typical hip hop song, and I love just hitting those beats and getting that technicality. I just love feeling the music.

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I feel like I know myself a lot better as a dancer and as a person. That’s what brings me to dancing everyday.

What would you say is the most important thing dancing has done for you?

I think It has helped me express who I am because I didn’t know who I was, and what I wanted to do. I stopped dancing around my teenage years, but once I started dancing this past year, it really just brought me back to who I am. I feel like I know myself a lot better as a dancer and as a person. That’s what brings me to dancing everyday.

So, why fashion? What made you interested in the fashion industry?

I realized that fashion was my forte, when I went to New York City three years ago during Christmas time. Man, when I saw all those advertisements, the scenery, the lights, and skyscrapers… I remember I was reading a magazine at the time. I just realized, “wow, I’m in New York City, reading a Vogue Magazine. I want to do that!—I want to be able to go to New York, and be apart of the fashion industry to just live my life, live it well, and live it with style.

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I want to be able to live my life, live it well, and live it with style

So, what is your end goal in fashion?

So, right now I am thinking about being a fashion show producer, working at market as a visual merchandiser, or being a buyer. I really like the fashion shows, and how they work. I want to continue learning about them. I am really about the visual aspect of fashion.

What would you say is something you would want to change about the fashion industry?

I would like to see more cultural diversity in the fashion industry. I feel like I am starting to see progress pertaining to models. If I am going to be a fashion show producer, I would want the shows to be diverse in the clothes, themes, and the models that we’re choosing. I think it would be interesting to have a more culturally diverse industry.

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I love being the fashion coordinator because I get too create my own little vision of what I want.

I know that you are apart of the Filipino Student Association so, how has being in the fashion program and FSA here at UNT shaped you into who you are?

I think I’m more open minded and adventurous. I’m more of a risk taker. If I get an opportunity, I’m going to go for it, and say “Yes Man!” Back then [in high school] I would get to do something and I would ask questions like “do I have to dress nice? Now, I think “I get to dress nice, get to go out!” I love being at UNT because I have been able to have all of these opportunities.

Tell me about being the fashion coordinator for FSA.

It is a perfect mix of greatness and stress. It is up to me to figure out, what would look good on stage. Can they see all the way from the back? Can they see that yellow patch on the jackets under those bright lights. I really have to think of all of the aspects of anything that the dancers will wear. I always have to think about what will happen if this happens. I love it because I get to create my own little vision of what I want. I see it in my head, and if I can see it happen, I know I can make it happen. Overall, I’m the one that gets to choose how it looks overall. It’s my job to make them look good. The dance is definitely going to look good, but will the dancers look good? That’s my job. Doing this has really helped me to become a leader. This has shown me what it means to become a leader. It helped me learn how to choose the right things, and make decisions because I was afraid at first. Then I realized, “Hey, they picked me for a reason because they know what I can do. They know my background is fashion and they know I can get them a good look. If I go in full confidence, I’ll show them what I can do.

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Honey, put on your favorite shoes, and strut as if you’re on a runway. Smize baby, smize.

So, how would you describe your style.

I would describe it as very simple. A little bit of femininity, a little bit of edge, but still fun. I want to look confident and amazing at the same time.

What was it like working retail at Shop 112?

Uhh I loved it! It was my first job not working in the family business. My mom forced me to get out there and do something else. So, I used to work at a local boutique back in south Texas for the past two years. It was absolutely the most amazing experience I’ve ever had. I got to model for them, I got to style for them, I got to do a fashion show for them. I also was behind the scenes for one of their fashion shows. Because it was a local business, I got to see the manager, model, stylist, merchandiser, buyer, and  social media director. I got to see each one of those positions in the store. I think that really helped me with what I want to do, and what I’m interested in doing in the fashion industry.

What is your favorite fashion magazine?

Marie Claire. It’s because of Nina Garcia. I love her! My mom would always read it, and I would always have one. I loved to just see what Nina Garcia is loving, and what her top trends are.

What do you like about Nina?

She is very straightforward. She isn’t afraid to tell you how it is. She has that very unique style to her. I think because she’s Hispanic, my mom and I can relate to her in a certain way. She is very loveable. I think she’s charming. I think she has a good style and keeps it sophisticated and classy, but also has that Latin flare.

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My mom would wear something simple, then have that pp of color, and an accessory; she inspires me to do the same.

Who inspires you in fashion and life?

The first person I thought was my mom. She grew up in Mexico, and came over for a better life just like my dad. When she had me, she dressed me up like I was her doll. When I got into my teenage years, and I got more of an interest in the fashion industry, I would notice my mom and how she would dress herself. She was very simple, but would add a Spanish flare. She would wear her red lipstick, her big stone rings and statement necklaces. She would wear something simple, and then have that pop of color, and an accessory, and she inspires me to do the same. My mom is definitely my biggest inspiration.

Do you have any advice for anyone reading this?

I would say just have confidence! If you’re having a bad day, honey, put on your favorite shoes, and strut as if you’re on a runway. SMIZE BABY, SMIZE. That’s my thing. Smize, strut, and you know, when I’m having a bad day, that’s really what I do. I put on my favorite pair of booties. I go out there, and I strut my stuff. I strut as if I’m on a runway. Just be confident in anything that you do. Once you see something that you like, go for it. Take a chance. Take that opportunity. If you don’t, you might never get that opportunity again. Take it girl, take it!

Abby is someone who will go far in the industry. Her zeal for life and constant positive energy are things I aspire to have always, and will be able to get her extremely far in whatever she decides to set her mind to. I loved getting to sit down with her, and I hope that our readers get even a touch of how special of a soul she is.

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When I’m having a bad day, that’s really what I do— put on my favorite booties, I go out there, and strut my stuff. I strut as if I’m on a runway.

Follow Abby on Instagram @abbyandhercurls

Words by Miles Cantrell

Edits by Taylar Gomez, Carolina Gomez, and Maia Wilson

Photography by Michaela Bull

More Photos of Abby’s shoot

October

A Stretch

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It’s funny how much we take out of ourselves to make the best of a situation, the best of a project, or even a person. We all try to stretch ourselves to new lengths in order to become better people. In this case, NuView is no different. This name, which started as a newsletter in order to bring news on the events of Merchandising inc, became a e-zine, a blog, and now an online magazine, which acts as a fashion website. A new view every so often, a change motivates people to keep moving and not get comfortable in one spot. Never quite having found a set home, the NuView name in itself symbolizes its ever-changing role. I think that’s why Subrina Hossain, the original creator of NuView (stay tuned for Ask the Alum on Oct. 24th) named what was then a newsletter— the name in itself allows for development and adjustment.

The team at NuView magazine has an undeniable energy to create something great, but most importantly something fresh. It shocked me how motivated the team was when we had our very first meeting. The content that will be unveiled week after week is meant to give you a positive push to try and become a better version of yourself through the inspiring interviews and thought-provoking stories. Our goal for this magazine is to encourage our readers to grow by observing new perspectives on fashion, career, art, music and more.

Each month we will start again to create an incredible round of questions for students here at UNT who are defying the “status quo” and doing their own thing, whether it be studying abroad at an unforgettable place, working at a strong company while still in school, designing a line of clothes and making a profit, or even just styling their home in an unexpected way. To offset these perspectives, there will be conversations with our industry professionals, people who have “made it,” so to speak, but are still looking to keep improving in their craft. Thirdly, in our features section, our writers will cover the scene on uprising music and uncover covert events within the DFW area, so readers can stay in-the-know when happenings emerge. And lastly, a few of our team members have special columns including Taylar Gomez and Carolina Gonzalez, who will be sharing lookbooks, videos, and travel diaries, and Michaela Bull, who will showcase her photography through photojournalism pieces.

From the people who contribute their talents, knowledge, and viewpoints to the final product of articles that reach the site, NuView is a magazine for people who want to be stretched. Because without a little push, a little change in our ways, there is no room for a NuView.

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November

Outdoor Voice

 

There’s a simple moment in everyone’s life (whether they’ve lived it or not), where they have an epiphany of finally understanding who they are. It’s as if a weight is lifted off their shoulders and they are able to stand a little taller because they know why they act the way they do, what they truly love and what separates them from everyone else. It’s in that moment some people take that new understanding, accept it, but keep it deep inside. Others take the knowledge in and openly vocalize their new found purpose. These are the people we, at NuView, listen to. As a cohesive team, we are always looking for those individuals to interview, shoot, and partner with. Each person that we cover and content that we post this month, there is a strong story behind the uniqueness and unashamed attitude they posses.

Our generation is known for its narcissistic patterns and though I deny being categorized under this egotistical title, I believe there is truth in being so in love with oneself that there is no thought of changing one’s identity. To contrast, the only way for one’s outlook on individualism to actually be heard is if outsiders, the people who see diversity or incongruity, are willing to listen. Whether it is a girl who mixes her two opposed passions while at college, or a designer who creates clothes for real women, not models, or even a band that comes from different backgrounds to make music they love— as society we must understand that these people only succeed if we accept their distinctiveness.

There’s an up and coming activewear company called Outdoor Voices that founded their name on the common act of a mother telling a child, who is being loud to use their “indoor voice,” but the child just can’t contain their excitement. This phrase is still relatable now because we are still told, as young adults into our elder years to contain our feelings, passions, and beliefs. I think it’s finally time to disrupt the stillness and hear everyone’s roar (not to reference Katy Perry’s best selling song).

This month we hope to neglect those tiny voices and listen to the ones that are so loud it hurts. From the people we interview to the ideas we write, we refuse to minimize their voices and our own. When reading the issue throughout the following thirty days, remember to welcome the differences and accept the fact that we are not all the same, for if we were, there would only be silence.

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Art by Michelle Hinojosa (Follow Michelle on Instagram at @michelle_josa)