Meet Noelle and Melissa, Senior Visual Manager and Senior Display Coordinator in the Central region! Learn more about their artistic partnership and how they curate a compelling visual experience that is distinctly Anthropologie.
You know that “ahhh” moment when you walk by an Anthropologie store and you’re suddenly captivated by the compelling window display? Who creates that exactly? Our talented Visual Team! Their collaboration is the foundation of our inspiring store environment.
Partnership is a distinct part of the culture at Anthropologie. It nurtures a creative, shared-purpose environment where our employees work together in all things people, process, and presentation. This month we are celebrating one of the most cherished partnerships, Visual Manager and Display Coordinator.
Tell us about your journey with Anthropologie.
Noelle (6 years): I started as a Display Coordinator in Columbus, Ohio. I was there for 2 years and was then promoted to be the Visual Manager in one of the Pittsburgh, PA stores. I’ve been here a little over 4 years and was promoted to Senior Visual Manager a year and a half ago. I’ve taken two Acting District Visual Manager roles throughout the last year which have both been incredible experiences, exposing me a bit to what it takes to do the next level role and learning so much that I can apply to my current position. Fun fact: Melissa and I applied to the same position when we were looking to start work for Anthro. She got the job!
Melissa (6 1/2 years): I started my journey with Anthropologie as Display Coordinator at Pittsburgh Bakery Square in 2010. I was there for three years before transferring to NYC, where I worked at the Fifth Avenue and Chelsea Market stores. In the past year, I was promoted to Rockefeller Center as Senior/Lead Display Coordinator. This past June, I was thrilled to return to my home store in Pittsburgh as Senior Display Coordinator.
How would you define your partnership?
Noelle: Ultimately, Melissa and I are charge of everything you see when you walk into our store. From smaller details such as deciding how and where to display product, plant choices throughout the store, and material choices for displays, to big things such as window and interior displays, floor plan decisions, and shop placement. Although we have our individual responsibilities, we are most successful when we are collaborating together on executions. Two heads are better than one!
Melissa: I have the tremendous advantage of a visual partnership born out of display. Noelle and I are able to communicate at a high level about all things visual as a result of our mutual experiences as display artists, our unique backgrounds, and a shared passion for the Anthro culture. We both love being a part of a team and love collaboration. We make it a priority to stay connected even when our respective projects keep us apart!
How do you stay inspired?
Noelle: I am constantly looking at Pinterest, interior designers’ pages and fashion magazines. I also love the street style blogger scene because there are so many fresh ideas coming from there, and it keeps things from feeling repetitive for me.
Melissa: Pinterest and Instagram are two big resources for my daily inspiration. But, I love seeking inspiration in the world at large: museums, architecture, big cities, being outside! I also love fashion and street style. Most of all, a creative dialogue with other Display Coordinators and makers!
For those who don't know... Inspiration trips and activities are part of our creative process. What has been your favorite work inspiration trip?
Noelle: I have so many because they are always a bonding experience for the team, but I’ll share one that really sticks in my mind. A few years ago, for Earth Day, we were asked to create an urban garden in our windows, complete with mock-up vegetables. To learn a bit about this process and to get inspired, both Pittsburgh stores spent the day touring the facilities of Grow Pittsburgh and its affiliate, Edible Schoolyard, to see all they do for our community. We toured the major growing facilities in the area which provide a lot of produce to local restaurants, and visited a nearby public elementary school’s garden. The organization teaches the children about eating healthy by asking them to help grow and maintain their own school garden. It was a great day!
Melissa: My favorite inspiration trip to date was the Eastern Regional Workshop this past spring. Our focus was a display and merchandising refresh in the Portland, Maine store. It was also an opportunity to explore the charming little town with visits to a plant nursery/farm, an amazing art gallery brimming with incredible work, and an architectural salvage where we sourced props. We were able to transform the store in a few short days to beautiful results, as well as make some new friends along the way. I fell in love with that area and hope to visit again soon.
You both have been a part of store openings, visual prototypes, and high-profile projects. What has been your favorite experience or project?
Noelle: It was really exciting to be a part of the team to launch the first ever expanded Anthropologie in Portland, Oregon. The store is incredibly beautiful and the team was so talented. To see Anthropologie at that scale was like nothing else. I had a great time.
Melissa: I recently returned from the Holiday Prototype at King of Prussia, which was also the first large-format store opening on the East Coast. I was able to prototype the large-scale Snowfall installation, and support several smaller projects. It was great to collaborate with the Home Office team again, as well as work alongside some of my favorite display people. Such a unique experience! My favorite part about these travel opportunities is that you hear a lot about talent in other stores, and when you get to finally meet and work with those people, it is absolutely magical!
Anthropologie is celebrated for its stunning holiday display installations. What are you most excited about this holiday season?
Noelle: In my opinion, the holiday season is the most fun time of year to work at Anthropologie. The stores are just magical and there is so much energy. There are trees and lights everywhere, the displays are huge and I think we have the best gifts for your loved ones!
Melissa: I completely agree with Noelle. Holiday in the stores is such an exciting build up to end the year. The product is festive, and the stores feel so thoughtfully layered. The store team and customers both buzz with anticipation, and that energy is infectious and fun. Ultimately, I love seeing it all come together!
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