Tell us more about you and your journey with Anthropologie.
I started with Anthropologie in the Fall of 2012 in LA as a Holiday Hire, with the goal of working on the Visual Team. A few months later, in February 2013, I was hired as the Assistant Display Coordinator. I spent just over a year as the ADC before being promoted being promoted to Display Coordinator.
I grew up in Colorado, where I fostered a love of art and the American Southwest. After graduating Oberlin College with a B.A. in Hispanic Studies and Art History, and a Minor in Studio Art, I moved to Madrid, Spain. I spent several years there teaching English to elementary school students and earned my Masters in Spanish from Middlebury College. In 2012, I moved back to the US to pursue a creative profession. Some of my favorite things are: museum gift shops; postcards; traveling to Spanish speaking countries; spending time in the mountains; and my two cats, Diego and Karl.
What is your favorite aspect of Anthropologie?
Every person I’ve worked with, whether an associate, receiver or manager, is some kind of artist. Many are visual artists like myself, but there are also musicians, graphic designers, writers, and performers. The company attracts creative types and it’s inspiring to discover what each persons’ “art” is.
I also love the community of DCs. The LA market has a high concentration of stores, so we collaborate frequently and support at each other’s locations. Additionally, I’ve always enjoyed experimenting with different mediums, and part of what I appreciate about my job is getting to work with materials in new ways. Because each DC brings a unique knowledge of materials, we are able to learn from and be inspired by each other.
What is your favorite Anthropologie store and why?
This is a tough question, as each store I have worked in has something unique and memorable about it! The Grove will always be a special place for me since it’s where I started and was trained by an amazing team. At my current store, I work with an incredibly supportive and engaging staff, plus I am lucky to have a spacious art room and a garage that I use as my woodshop!
Why did you choose to work at Anthropologie?
When I moved back to the US, a neighbor who does freelance retail design suggested Anthropologie because they value the handmade and have artists working in each store. I think this is one of the most distinguishing aspects of the company. I love sharing our process with customers, who are often amazed that each location has its’ own Display Coordinator and art room.
Wanderlust keeps us inspired… Do you have any recent favorite travels to share?
Last May, I traveled to Mexico City and Oaxaca. Some of the best moments were visiting Frida Kahlo’s “Casa Azul,” which had been a life-long dream; seeing and climbing Mayan ruins for the first time; and visiting different artists’ workshops, where I saw firsthand the process of rug weaving and carving wood figure alebrijes.
In the Fall, I spent a long weekend in Joshua Tree. Being from the southwest I have a special love for the desert, and I go to recenter and rejuvenate. There is nothing better than watching the sunset among the silent cholla cacti, and waiting for the stars and milky way to emerge from the inky purple night sky.
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