International Women's Day

A spotlight on beautiful, tough and powerful women in our NSF community. 

 

 

"Celebrating the inspiring women in our life is important. We wanted to go a little deeper and get inside their heads. Read the Q&A’s below and learn a little bit about why these women are so rad."

 

  

Hilary Justin:
Owner/Designer of Bliss and Mischief

 
 
Bliss and Mischief was born from a desire to create designs that sparked emotion and defied expectation, clothing that felt both endearingly nostalgic and unapologetically fresh. 
For creator Hilary Justin, the line was built upon deep affection for vintage handiwork and her won experienced embrace of contemporary tailoring and manufacture. With over a decade spent in fashion design and co-founder of a successful vintage business, Justin launched BAM in 2014, as way of exploring the sweet spot between her two passions. The result is an exquisitely made line of 'classics to come', timeless pieces that feel both sweetly nostalgic and refreshingly modern. 
 
 
What advice would you give to future girls entering your profession? 
Work for a small business before starting your own. It gives you a chance to learn the basics of a variety of jobs and will help you act quickly and understand the flow of your own company someday.
Is there a cause you feel most connected to related to women? 
I think women's access to health care, birth control, and safe abortions is one of the most fundamentally important issues that women face. The right t simply choose what happens to our bodies is a powerful indicator of how women are seen in our culture overall. 
 How would you describe your personal style? Which NSF piece do you feel represents that best? 
My personal style is usually a mix of vintage tomboy-fem meets early 80s cowgirl. I'm pretty obsessed with the Dorian Trench because it's a relaxed take on classic and is such a great grounding piece for a ruffled vintage blouse and slouchy denim. 
 
  
What advice would you give to your younger self? 
I would say that everything you're doing will lead you to the right place but the path won't be linear. Continue being open but when in doubt always trust your gut! 
 
 
 

Abby Moriarty:
Founder and Creative Director of 1 9 2 0 

We founded 1 9 2 0 on modernist design principles that honor simplicity, form and function over unnecessary frills with a focus on shape, color and material. We are a collection of refined, elevated T-shirts for men and women. All 1 9 2 0 tees are designed and manufactured in New York from American made Supima cotton. The brand takes its name from the year that the T-shirt was officially entered into Webster's Dictionary. 
 
 
What advice would you give to future girls entering your profession? 
 
I think it is extremely important to remain true to yourself and your values and to always follow your instincts. Believe in yourself, do a good job, speak up, inspire, be humble, don't lead with your ego and work hard. Most of all be patient with your path and eventually you will come out on the top! 
 
Is there a cause you feel most connected to related to women? 
 

Women's Empowerment is so important to me, especially as a female business owner. We are shooting an editorial with artist Romy Northover in April where our sole focus will be to showcase the powerful female artists. We will shoot women wearing mens tees as there is a real sense of androgyny and power that can be found in such a simple act of feeling confident wearing a men's tee. Leadership is also something that I get totally giddy about. 

Before launching 1 9 2 0 I was VP of Design at Calvin Klein and lead a team of 13 designers, leadership is something that will continually inspire me and carry over into 1920 as we grow. Great leadership can empower lives and careers, it's absolutely amazing how you can help to shape so many lives through simply being a good leader. 

How would you describe your personal style? Which NSF piece do you feel represents that best? 

 I am a self proclaimed "essentialist" (yes I made that up!) I believe in strong core essentials that are timeless as the base of a great wardrobe. That said I have always adored the NSF knits, the JOY shirt is perfect for everything, I love the easy raglan sleeve and classic stripes. NSF also makes the most amazing casual pants that you cant really find anywhere else, I love the Arlo pant and would wear it with my Addidas slides exactly as it is styled (+ a refined 1 9 2 0 tee)

 
What advice would you give to your younger self? 
 
I would say that everything you're doing will lead you to the right place but the path won't be linear. Continue being open but when in doubt always trust your gut! 
  
  
 
 

Courtney Storer:
Jon & Vinny's Chef de Cuisine 

 

What advice would you give to future girls entering your profession?
 
Do not walk away when you fail. I grew up playing soccer and always wanted to play up a league. I always wanted to be on the best team. When I didn't make the team, I learned not to give up but rather work harder. I taught myself that being skilled at anything takes practice, it takes dedication and rigor. I pushed myself to be the first one on the field and last off of the field until I could keep up with everyone else. The same applies to cooking. I have failed, I have embarrassed myself and made mistakes but those moments were pivotal for me. I jumped into tough kitchens when I wasn't ready. I failed miserably but I kept showing up. What I lacked in experience at the time I made up for with heart. Not wanting to make the same mistakes again I paid close attention to what happened when I made them. I reflected. I wrote things down. I breathed through embarrassment and learned that having too much pride in a kitchen stunts your growth. You have to ask questions. You have to observe. You have to put yourself out there and in essence make yourself vulnerable. It's hard but it's worth it. It doesn't go unnoticed, the right chefs will see it. 
 
Is there a cause you feel connected to most related to women?
 
This past year I have had the opportunity to be involved with the Alliance of Moms. Although I am not a mom myself, I was raised by a single mother. Alliance of moms works to break the intergenerational cycle of babies born to teens in foster care. They have a program called Raising Foodies that allows the mothers the opportunity to learn nutritional cooking tips for their families. The programs allow me to teach the woman and share stories with them. I enjoy being a role model for the women in the program interested in cooking careers. 
 
How would you describe your personal style?  Which NSF piece do you feel represents that best?
 
I am a tom-boy at heart. I grew up with two brothers and still find myself stealing their broken in sweaters, jackets, pants, whatever fits me best. I was always influenced by the west coast skater vibe as growing up in Chicago I froze myself to death half the year. Now I have a lot of fun mixing in clothes that are versatile enough to allow myself to get to work whenever need be because my schedule is crazy! I love the Hal t-shirts. They are so soft and comfortable. Perfect for a quick trip to the market or under a apron when I'm in the kitchen. 
 
 
 
What advice would you give to your younger self?
Be who you are and trust your intuition. You can be yourself and work in a male dominated environment. It is Follow your passion and heart, it will lead you in the right direction.  
  
  
 

Monroe Alvarez:
Photographer

Portfolio: Shot By Mo

What advice would you give to future girls entering your profession?

Don’t give up on what you love and be persistent , even if others don’t believe in you. Don’t ever let other people’s opinion influence how you live your life , because it’s not theirs to live. 

Is there a cause you feel connected to most related to women?

 I’m not sure if this is a “cause” but I definitely feel strongly about women feeling inferior to men in relationships , thinking that they can’t be as hard working or successful or opinionated as their partners. I believe women and men are equal , neither inferior or superior to the other. 

How would you describe your personal style?  Which NSF piece do you feel represents that best? 

 Tomboy , relaxed style.  I like the Cielo Tees and Sayde Sweatpants

 What advice would you give to your younger self?

 Don’t think that time is ticking. I always felt like I was “too old” to pursue something or wasn’t as skilled as others who were younger than me. You’re never too old to dive into something you love or are interested in. And also , stop caring about other people. Do what you want , when you want , but never be malicious.

    

 

  

Audrey Landreth:
Photo Director and Curator

Portfolio: Audrey Landreth

 

A visual conversation on Instagram curated by me and rotating guests. I post an image, and my guest posts another in response. What results is a visual association game between two creative brains creating a distinct and memorable sequence of images. Participating guests tend to be creative friends: photographers, curators, photo editors, creative directors etc..

 

Instagram: The Give and Take

 What advice would you give to future girls entering your profession? 

 Make sure you love being a collaborative (and patient) team player.  Constantly feed your eye with art and photography-old and new. Be curious about the world around you. It’s important (and fun) to have a deep and nuanced visual database to pull from as you approach each project- especially the ones that aim to tell compelling stories. Listen to your instincts and don’t be afraid to take risks. If you’re not happy, make a change. ENJOY THE WORK!

 

 Is there a cause you feel connected to most related to women? 

 On a fundamental level,  Education and Planned Parenthood.

 How would you describe your personal style?  Which NSF piece do you feel represents that best? 

 East Coast preppie aspiring towards Old-Hollywood glamour. I LOVE the Marisol sweatshirt with the bell sleeves- classic comfort with an elegant and contemporary line and the Dorian trench. Again, a classic and cool piece I’ll have forever. 

 

 
What advice would you give to your younger self? 
Travel and explore more.  Learn languages fluently! You have the rest of your life to be a responsible working adult. Being culturally fluid is a powerful asset for an inspired future. That, and learn the tech side of graphic design:)

 

 

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