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Canada Fashion Jobs – Q&A with Christie Lohr, Founder of Style Nine to Five

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

Many who dream of working in the fashion industry have little to go on except talent, determination, a prayer, and lots of luck. And while those things are still important, Christie Lohr, the founder of Style Nine to Five, wants to make the process slightly less daunting for those dreamers. Style Nine to Five is a nationwide website and resource that connects fashion industry employers with job seekers. Think of monster.ca but focused exclusively on fashion. Post resumes, browse the job listings, and read the insightful industry-focused blog posts for tips.

Having worked in a variety of fashion jobs herself, Christie is the perfect person to ask about building a career out of a passion. I caught up with her for a quick Q&A about the website and asked her advice on how to break into the industry.

You’ve worked in all different aspects of the fashion industry. Can you talk a bit about your career background?
My very first job in fashion was as a sales associate at Le Chateau. Admittedly, it’s a position many don’t want to start in, but it was an important stepping stone. After many promotions, I became store manager of the flagship store on Robson. Years later, I wanted a new challenge and soon found myself flying to Montreal to take on my next career role as an assistant menswear buyer. This job was a real eye-opener about the reality of retail and a look at a side of the industry I didn’t know existed, or had only heard of in movies. At any minute of the day, I was asked to present my division to the president of the company. Ready or not, I had to deliver. I learned to always bring something valuable to the table. I also realized what amazing talent and brilliance the company has.

After a short time, I came back to Vancouver where I became an editorial intern at FASHION Magazine. I had always dreamt of working for a magazine and knew I wanted more than what I was already doing. I applied three times before I was accepted. My advice to you is if you really want something, never give up. It just might not be your time yet. Don’t let the word “no” discourage you, ever. Interning at FASHION opened many doors for me in the writing world and I eventually launched my own website, christielohr.com. After the internship, I became a retail recruiter for Le Chateau. This is where the idea of Style Nine to Five came from.

As for my TV work, that all started for me when I went on as a spokesperson for Le Chateau. After I eventually left I continued the fashion segments on my own.

How did the idea for Style Nine to Five come about?
It was during my time as a recruiter that I realized the need for a fashion career website. Where were all these candidates who wanted to work in fashion? Not on other job sites I was using. I saw an opportunity to connect employers and jobs seekers in the fashion industry. During my time as a recruiter, I was also involved in HR, an area I missed when I was a store manager. I love to inspire, motive and help in the growth of someone’s career. Style Nine to Five has allowed me to do this in a small way. That’s really my passion.

How long has the site been around?
It will be one year in April.

What sorts of jobs can prospective job hunters find on your site?
Really anything in fashion: designers, buyers, visual merchandising, PR opportunities, retail management, editorial positions…the list goes on.

Do you ever get any job listings that make you go “Darn, I wish I could apply for this myself”?
The odd time, but running Style Nine to Five is a full time job and something that, at this time, can’t take a back seat. Plus, I’m loving every minute and find it incredibly fulfilling!

What advice do you have for someone hoping to work in the fashion industry?
If it’s truly your passion and love, doors will open for you but you need to be willing to put in a lot of hard work and time.

Don’t be afraid to just ask. Invite someone for coffee and pick their brain, send that email, get out there and just do it.

Get a mentor, intern lots and network. Interning and starting from the bottom is not a bad thing. That’s what I did and it’s what will get you to where you want to be. What makes you different than the thousands of others who want the same job you do? You have to think about how you’re going to stand out. Perhaps it’s your eye for fashion or your work ethic. Being nice also goes a long way. I know it sounds simple, but be nice in everything that you do.

What’s next for you, personally and/or professionally?
Continue to build Style Nine to Five, become more involved in the Canadian fashion community, and offer amazing opportunities to as many people as I can.

By: Lisa Wong, SoloLisa.com

P.S. In case you didn’t see it, I made Style Nine to Five’s list of stylish Vancouver dot coms. The list includes quite a few fantastic bloggers and I’m flattered to be included. Thanks to the Style Nine to Five team!

This post is from SoloLisa.com.

Canada Fashion Jobs – Vancouver’s Stylish Dot.Coms

Friday, February 18th, 2011

Vancity Buzz
The good people at Vancity Buzz keep us Vancouverites informed of what’s happening in this beautiful city of ours. From urban development, to sports and entertainment–they know what’s going on! The shopping section is of particular interest at Style Nine to Five, of course, keeping Vancouver’s fashionistas current with new store openings and stylish small business owners in the city.

KnewDaily
What do women want? The gals at KnewDaily are here to tell men just that. The site’s all-female panel of experts dish on everything from dating and sex, to men’s fashion and grooming. This is a must-read for any guy who aims to please.

Solo Lisa
No need to scour the city to find out what’s new and hot in fashion and beauty–Solo Lisa does the job for you! Lisa Wong is always first on the scene at Vancouver’s new boutique and spa openings, bringing her readers the inside scoop. Be sure to check out the Today’s Outfit section for some sartorial inspiration!

Photo by: Chelle of Discovering Elegance.

The Haute Pursuit
Vanessa of The Haute Pursuit oozes cool rock n’ roll glamour. She sets herself apart in a sea of personal style diaries with eclectic styling that is at once edgy and effortless. The element of surprise that characterizes her style and the artsy, editorial quality of her photos has elevated her blog to cult status here in Vancouver.

A Haute Mess
Blogger and PR gal about town Niki Blasina dishes on everything stylish on her blog A Haute Mess. Niki keeps it real with her opinionated, funny posts and her fresh take on all things sartorial. Her quirky styling and up-to-the minute fashion news and trend reports keeps A Haute Mess on our daily radar.

Bleed For Fashion
The name says it all. Lily Nguyen, the fashionista extraordinaire behind the blog, lives and breathes fashion. This is a gal who doesn’t mind taking risks–and we love her for it! Her unexpected styling combinations and her off-beat, free-spirited charm always has us coming back for more.

Style Struck
The adorable and style savvy Olivia of Style Struck is the kind of gal one can imagine gabbing about celebrity gossip with over a cafe au lait. Her chic fashion sense and girl next door appeal make readers feel as though they’ve found a new bff. With the wealth of fashion, beauty and home decor tips she has to offer, it’s no wonder as to why.

I’m The It Girl
It girl Anya Georgijevic is our go-to gal for cutting edge news on the local and international fashion scene. The stylish sophisticate delivers the scoop on fashion and beauty trends sweeping the globe, as well as the best new local shops and designers. Get to know the names behind your favourite labels in the Interview section, update your must-have list with her Item of the Week, and drool over the lust-worthy items of extravagance in If I Were Rich – a girl can dream, can’t she?

Photo by: Sherry Lu

The Starving Stylist
The man has confessed to skipping meals in order to afford his latest object of desire, need I say more? Peter Ty, aka The Starving Stylist, is one hard-core fashion devotee. Striking a fine balance between classic and avant-garde, the impeccable styling in his photos makes them well worth perusing on a daily basis. His inimitable style, charm and caustic wit (I dare you to get through one post without laughing out loud) have made him a local celeb.

By: Chloe Berge

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