While prepping for a masters program in psychology, I took a part time position with a high end independent men's and women's specialty shop in Hartford.
After about six months I found myself in management, assisting with the buying in New York once a month, and driving a convertible! I knew that I'd actually stumbled on the makings of a career I would enjoy.
After that I took a position as menswear manager at a Ralph Lauren shop in an indoor Farmington, CT mall.
As much as I loved both learning opportunities – sole proprietor and corporate – and was confident of my skill set, I just knew that I needed more of an independent storefront in a waterfront destination town.