CapFabb: Let’s get a little history. You’re a FIDM alum, tell us about your experience there.
Cortnie: I wasn’t there for very long thanks to the Bachelor’s degree that I already had from the University of MD, College Park. I originally thought I wanted to be a Physical Therapist. Ha! Picture that. But FIDM was a great experience. The teachers were very knowledgeable and most had worked in the fashion industry at some point. I learned so much just being in California. I worked in Downtown LA at a Retail Consulting Firm in the heart of the Fashion District. It was awesome. I attended MAGIC in Las Vegas on 2 occasions, volunteered at LA Fashion Week and met many wonderful people. Just being in that atmosphere was very inspiring. I knew it was something I could do forever.
Cortnie: Thank you so much! It kind of just happened. I was in between jobs (almost exactly) 2 years ago and found myself with some extra time on my hands. I had always wanted to learn how to sew and figured that there was no better time. My grandmother is the handiest person I know so of course she had to teach me. As I was practicing in her kitchen I mentioned how it would be cool to make a clutch. I always had a love for large bags, but when it came to clutches I could never find the one I had in mind in stores or online. Clutches were not a big fashion staple at the time, so finding something unique and in a color other than black was pretty rare. So she taught me. Long story short, I learned to sew and one week later I opened my Etsy shop. I started out with just 3 clutches and have done over 70 different styles at this point.
CapFabb: You recently started doing YouTube videos for your brand, what’s your advice for some of our blogger who may want to start using video?
Cortnie: I was a little hesitant at first. Just thinking of watching myself and other people watching me talk was almost weird. But I’m a pretty goofy person and I don’t get embarrassed too easily so I just went for it. I actually really considered doing it when I complete stranger was complimenting me on one of my bags that I was carrying. She had asked me if I was on YouTube and pretty much encouraged me to do it. I had never thought of it before, but I knew it was a great opportunity to show those that love my bags another side of the brand and get to know a bit about me in the process. It’s also a fun way to switch things up a bit.
CapFabb: What do you think about the style of women in DC?
Cortnie: There’s such a wide spectrum of style here. You have the women that have a more political type of style, there are those that are very fashion forward and you have those in between. I love that it’s constantly evolving and DC is getting more attention when it comes to being more fashion forward. We’re slowing changing the stereotype!
CapFabb: Describe your style in 3 words.
Cortnie: Casual. Chic. Comfortable. I love a tee and jeans, but can easily throw on a skirt and heels and be just as happy.
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