New York. Fashion Week. What girl wouldn’t want to go right? Well Veronica Sperry, Chi Omega, Vince Camuto Campus Rep, and fashion extraordinaire got that opportunity. She shared her experience with me here but what I love about Veronica most is that she takes her passions and puts them in practice. She loves the fashion industry so what does she do? She goes for it, full speed. Some might buckle their knees and stay at home for fear of rejection but not her—she doesn’t let fear hold her back. I think we should all take that same mentality with our own particular passions. Go for it. If you want to be extraordinarily happy, you have to be brave and bold—and having a brilliant fashion sense doesn’t hurt either—but it looks like Veronica already has that covered.
1. You just got back from a trip to New York for your position as a Campus Rep with the fashion designer, Vince Camuto. Tell us about your trip and what you learned while you were there.
Last weekend I went to NYC with the two other UCLA reps, Diana and Alice who are both in ADPi, to attendVince Camuto’s market week. I learned so much about how market week works and the process of getting styles from the showroom to the stores. I got the opportunity to meet people on the Vince Camuto team as well as four other Vince Camuto reps from all over the country. It made the trip even more special getting to explore NYC with other girls who share my same passion. The last day of our trip we got to meet Vince and his wife, Louise, who is also the creative director of the line, and both were very nice and down to earth. I loved that they were clearly interested in our opinions and even asked us to pick out our favorite shoes from the upcoming fall collection. Meeting the people responsible for the shoes I post about on Facebook every day made me feel so much more connected to the brand. After I got back, I wrote a blog post about the trip which the Vince Camuto team posted on their national Facebook page moments after I published it. It shows that they are paying attention to what we’re doing here at UCLA and that they support us.
2. What has been your happiest memory as a campus rep for Vince Camuto?
My happiest memory doing this program is by far the trip to NYC. However, our Fall Trunk Show was a pretty incredible milestone for me as well. I’ve never put on an event, let alone one of that magnitude, so its success was a major accomplishment for my team and me. A few people from Vince Camuto and a marketing team they are working with flew out to LA from the east coast just to attend the trunk show, and it made the event that much bigger. There was a great turn out of both boys and girls and by the end of the night our whole team was high on fashion success.
3. It’s clear that you love fashion and it’s inspiring how you took that passion and put it in to a potential career. What advice do you have for girls who want to pursue the fashion industry?
Especially after meeting people in the industry and Vince Camuto himself, the overall message I’ve gotten and feel I should relay is that if you’re passionate about something, go for it. Vince started off as a salesman and now is the creator of this year’s brand of the year. He proves that if there is something you want to do, there is absolutely no reason to give up on it. My passion is fashion, and I’m working towards that every day, though at the moment I’m hardly where I want to end up. My advice is to start with an internship or campus rep position and chase every opportunity that comes from it.
First of all, the Vince Camuto brand fills a niche that no one else has been able to reach. They provide high-end designer quality and style at a price point that even college students can afford Secondly, their college ambassador program is infinitely more advanced than any other on campus. We’re sent purses, shoes, sunglasses, and even clothes that are still in stores to give to students for free. Yes, we have awesome pens to give away too, but no other rep on campus is giving away this kind of quality merchandise in these quantities. Vince Camuto’s purpose for this program is to give college students something they’ll actually enjoy, and that is the kind of goal I can get behind.
5. How does working in the fashion industry add to your happiness?
Working in fashion is what gets me excited and motivated every morning. Ever since I was little I’ve wanted to work in fashion, and now that I’m beginning to break into the industry, the future is that much brighter. I’m loving my time at UCLA, and wouldn’t cut it short for the world; but now that I’ve gotten a peek into the fashion industry, I know the best years of my life won’t be limited to my college experience.
6. Is there anything else you’d like to add?
Like us on Facebook! Every time you see that “Vince Camuto at UCLA” posted something, that’s me, and I take every comment and “like” to heart. I love to hear what types of things students like or don’t like on our page, so any feedback is much appreciated.
Thank you so much Veronica for sharing! I hope this motivated you to go to your own “Fashion Week,” whether that’s a triathlon, an audition for a musical, or taking the MCAT. Every time you show up, you are setting yourself up to achieve your goals. Go for it!
The Sunny Girl, Lauren Cook