Question: How did you get started in the fashion business?
Answer: I started in the business as a fitting model. That's the way you worked your way through school in New York. So I was very familiar with clothes, and I majored in marketing and management at NYU.
Q: Did you intend to work in the fashion business?
A: No, in the advertising business. My first job out of school was as the assistant advertising manager of what was then called D.B. Fuller & Co. It was a very big, very famous company in textiles. As a matter of fact, I can still see their logo. It was a gentleman in a top hat with a black patch over his eye, kind of like Mr. Peanut.
Q: How did you move out of advertising?
A: When my husband and I first came to California in the early '60s, I was a showroom salesperson and assistant advertising manager. And while I took a leave to have three children in two years, I took pattern-making classes with that wonderful attitude we have in California of "I can do that." But I was not very good at it. I was better at merchandising. My very first job was a disaster, but my bosses were lovely people. They knew I had talent but that I couldn't make a pattern. Fortunately I was good enough to get a better job that got me an assistant who made the patterns.
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