How To Start Your Fashion Career Early
Wes Gordon | Fashion Designer

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Wes Gordon is a New York-based fashion designer known for infusing his pieces with luxury and timeless sophistication with a youthful edge. His designes have been worn by the liked of Lena Dunham, Michelle Obama and Miranda Kerr.

Raised in Atlanta, Georgia, Gordon grew up surrounded by the grace and romance of the South. Enamored with high fashion from an early age, Gordon developed a keen interest in the way people express themselves through clothing. Gordon enrolled in the famously competitive Central Saint Martins University of Art and Design in London. Between school semesters, Gordon honed his skills by interning with two industry icons – Oscar de la Renta and Tom Ford.

Upon graduation in 2009, Gordon launched his eponymous line of womenswear and presented his first collection in February at the Fall/Winter 2010 New York Fashion Week.

Wes Gordon has appeared in major national/international publications and has developed a celebrity following. Press and retailers alike praise Gordon for his combination of classic techniques and modern designs.

Additional accolades include the 2012 FGI Rising Star Award, 2012 finalist in the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund and 2-time recipient of the coveted Swarovski Collective sponsorship (Spring 2013 and Spring 2014).

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So, one thing that’s kind of amazing about being a young designer is – and you don’t really realize it until you are a young designer – is the absolute vast amount of competitions and awards and contests that are out there to promote your career and to facilitate your growth.

When you’re a young brand, retailers can really take their time sometimes. It’s a scary move to pick up a young designer. It’s easier for them to wait and wait and look and watch and wait.

But when you get a validation like a nomination for winning an award… sometimes that’s the push it takes for someone sitting on the fence and make that store say “This is the season I want to pick up Wes Gordon” or “This is the time I’m gonna shoot that great look.”

So, it’s really important, and it plays such a pivotal role in the career of a young brand.

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Cinematography: Danielle Calodney & Andi Velazquez

Interviewed by: Laura Lehmann

Edited by: Ethan Young

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