How did you wind up living in DC?
I came here for grad school after living in New York for eight years. I went to the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York and then worked in fashion for a few years. But, at the end of the day, I realized that I wasn’t contributing to the world in a positive way. I felt like I was putting forth more product into the world that wasn’t helping anyone. I had to rethink how I wanted to spend my days, and that involved a transition to graduate school in DC.
What did you go to graduate school for?
I got my master’s in International Peace and Conflict Resolution and focused on gender at American University. Right now, I’m working as a sustainability consultant for fashion startups. I work with them on developing sustainable and innovative business plans, goal setting, and brand alignment initiatives – among other things. I would really like to grow that.
That’s a great combo of fashion and sustainability. I hear you also have a side hustle as a personal fashion-guru for your friends. Tell me about that!
I love working with my friends on their closets. I help them re-organize and minimize their wardrobes so they can better use it in their daily lives. A lot of people don’t like to shop, and in DC, which has a very typical wardrobe, it can be sometimes be demoralizing to figure out how to fit your personality into your work wardrobe. I love helping people shop for their work day, their body type, and understand how to make their wardrobe more sustainable. (Editor’s Note: Email Alex if you want some fashion help!)
What’s one fashion tip you can give for fall?
It’s really important to have a staple outfit. Since Fall is about layering, zone in on a few key pieces of outerwear. Invest in that coat or scarf that you love and can wear as it continues to get colder. We live in a city where we walk a lot- so think of your outerwear like another outfit!
What do you like most about DC’s Jewish community?
I like how diverse it is. I’ve met a lot of amazing Jewish people that come from all different areas of life and don’t fit into a stereotypical box.
What’s your favorite way to celebrate Shabbat?
Having a lot of food, great people, and good conversation.
Who is your Jewish role model?
My aunt. She passed away last year from Leukemia. She was the matriarch of our family and such a strong, beautiful, and very fashionable woman. She embodies all the things that I really admire. I think of her all the time.
How do you destress at the end of a long week?
Hair mask. Face mask. I do that every week. I’m all about self care.
What’s something you want to learn this year?
French. I’m always working on becoming a better French speaker, but it gets put on my back burner a lot.
When Jews of DC gather…
There’a a lot of Jewish geography.
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