Hello everyone! Here at the Woman Inc. we are excited to bring you a new biweekly interview series with some special women – interesting women who have chosen to go off the beaten path, and find their happiness and success in what they feel passionate about – we call them Women of Substance! And our first guest is Arpana Moorjani from Short Hills, NJ. Arpana is a stylist, personal shopper and fashion aficionado, in other words, a fashionista 🙂 She runs BragYourStyle, a personal shopping and styling service for clients in Northern NJ. (Instagram : @bragyourstyle)
¥ Who is/was your role model – and why?
AM : Linda Fargo is my role model! With sheer hard work and dedication, she went from creating window displays at Macy’s to shaping up the visual identity of the iconic department store Bergdorf Goodman. Today she has become one of the most powerful women in fashion.
¥ Tell me about how you got started and what led you to this field?
AM : I’ve always been interested in fashion. Over the years I’ve styled family and friends and helped put outfits together. And last year I finally decided to follow my passion and make a career out of it.
¥ A project or accomplishment that you consider to be the most significant ?
AM : When I helped my youngest client find a prom dress. The excitement I saw in her eyes when she wore the dress made it so worthwhile. I still can’t forget the beautiful note she wrote to me as it left me speechless and for the first time in a long time I felt like I’ve accomplished something on my own.
¥ Who do you attribute your impeccable taste in fashion to?
AM : Its hard to name one! But I’m always attracted to unique creations by designers! That’s what drives me! So I attribute my taste in fashion to all the designers who think out of the box and bring out the uniqueness in their work!
¥ How do you stay updated on the latest trends?
AM : I’m a fashion lover. I follow all my favorite brands and online fashion news & Instagram to stay current with the latest trends.
¥ A few years from now, where do you think you’ll be? Is NY Fashion week on the cards?!
AM : Lol! Great question! It would be an absolute dream come true to attend New York Fashion Week! There is nothing like having the opportunity to attend the fashion shows of your favorite designers and shopping for myself and my clients.
¥ What are the three things every woman should have in her wardrobe?
AM : An LBD (little black dress – for the uninitiated!), skinny jeans and a leather jacket.
¥ What are the top three things in your styling kit?
AM : Fashion Tape, Safety pins and a sewing kit.
¥ Have to ask you this. Favorite all time designer and why?
AM : Karl Lagerfeld! He is the most iconic fashion designer till date! Chanel is one of my favorite brands and I love his vision and creativity as a fashion designer.
¥ Who do you like to read? Any favorite poets/quotes that inspire you?
AM : I love books on life and positive thinking, such as The Secret by Rhonda Byrne and A Return to Love by Marianne Williamson. One of the quotes that really inspires me is: “Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.”
¥ What are the issues that are closest to your heart?
AM : Poverty, kid-related health issues, such as Autism and Down Syndrome. One of the causes that I strongly support is Smile Train. It helps kids who have cleft lip.
¥ How do you think women can help women succeed? Any advice for those who want to follow in your footsteps?
AM : Women can definitely help women succeed by supporting and promoting each other in every way they can be it a work space, helping a friend or even a supporting a cause. It’s important to show support for one another. For anyone who wants to follow my footsteps – I would say if you have the flair and passion for helping others look their best, this is the perfect job for you!
¥ What do you think of the current landscape for women entrepreneurs? Is there a glass ceiling?
AM : There are always going to be obstacles that are real but the key is for women to work together and fight any obstacle head on with determination. There is nothing that can stop talent, hard work and determination.
¥ Do you think women feel intimidated in the business world? How do you think they can overcome this?
AM : In today’s world I don’t think women are as intimidated as they used to be. Today’s women are bolder and stronger and are willing to overcome hurdles to achieve their goals. I don’t want to preach, but for the ones who are struggling, all I have to say is don’t give up! Try until you succeed.
¥ How would you feel about being a mentor to others in your shoes?
AM :I’m far from doing that! But I would be absolutely honored to help someone who’s interested in becoming a personal shopper/stylist.
¥ What are your views on women’s safety in the workplace and elsewhere? Especially when they say that with their fashion choices, sometimes they are “asking for it”?
AM : Sorry to be crude, but no one is “asking for it”. People who think that are the ones who have their own insecurities and speak from their own ignorance. As far as safety, the world and not just the work place is very unsafe and in my opinion all women should take some self defense classes to protect themselves in compromised situations.
¥ And finally do you think balancing motherhood and a career is achievable in today’s world?
AM: Yes absolutely, it is achievable. I’m a mother of two and thanks to my husband and kids who have always been by my side and supported me and my work.
Thank you so much Arpana for this interview! We wish you all the best in your career!