What is your job title?
Senior Manager of Brand Partnerships at TheBlkTux.com
Can you tell us a little about what you do?
I manage and maintain partnerships with The Black Tux. This includes always thinking with the mentality for the partner, ‘what’s in it for me,’ to ensure that the partnership benefits both ends. We work with a lot of wedding vendors, bloggers and wedding registry stores like Crate and Barrel.
What was your very 1st job?
I was a lifeguard at our local swim club in Northern California.
How did you get started in the industry?
I’ve always known I wanted to be involved in the fashion industry. I started early on by taking art classes or fashion courses during the summers. I joined the Nordstrom BP fashion board my senior year of high school and I think that was the turning point to know I would end up in fashion one way or another. I had two big fashion house internships in college and that made me realize that the behind the scenes of the fashion world was...intense. It was fast paced, glamorous on the outside, crazy on the inside, and at times cut throat. I loved it! Over time with a few jobs in customer service and ecommerce after college, I ended up in menswear which I love! It’s so nice to see another side of the fashion industry in men's apparel, more specifically formalwear, and I couldn't be happier.
Whose a girl boss that you really admire and why?
Honestly, my sister! She’s about 7 years older than me and I’ve always looked up to her. She is the only female on her team and has always been one to speak her mind and stand up for what she believes in. That’s made her a true #girlboss in her industry and she gains the respect of both men and women. She has always given me life advice any time I need it and feel pumped after talking with her! She’s also a mom of three, works full time and still makes it home for dinner with her family. She truly does it all and I admire her each step of the way.
What’s your go to outfit when you want to look like a boss?
All black! Typically that involves a black dress, a leather jacket and black booties or leopard flats. To me it’s clean, timeless, comfortable but still says, ‘I’m here, let’s do this!’
For people who aren’t familiar, how does the Black Tux work?
The Black Tux works similar to Rent The Runway, but for men! You choose your look online, add your sizes and measurements (we help here with video tutorials, a tailor instruction sheet, or by visiting any of our showrooms), and checkout. Your order is then delivered 14 days prior your event date. Try it on and if you aren't happy with the fit or need a better size, our customer care team will take care of you. We offer complimentary exchanges and you get to hold on to any of the original products. Once the event is over, you ship back all items in the original shipping box with our pre-paid return label. We even include packing tape to make your life easier! Drop it off at FedEx (or schedule a free pick up) and you’re set!
If you use us for your wedding, which many grooms do with groomsmen throughout the country, you have access to the ‘Groomsman Tracker’ to see where every member is each step of the way. Makes bride's and groom’s lives easier during a busy time. We also have coverage 7 days a week to make sure we are there to answer any questions or concerns. Our customers come first at The Black Tux.
What’s your dream partnership for the company?
Nordstrom! We’ve always been huge fans of Nordstrom and model after their amazing customer service. We would love to have a presence in their stores so more people can see our products before renting through a trusted source like Nordstrom.
What do you LOVE about your job?
I LOVE the people I work with. The energy of the office can be felt the second you walk in until you walk out at the end of the night. I work long hours and it’s well worth it due to the people I’m working alongside. It’s nice to know that the people next to me are working just as hard and that we are all contributing to the greater good of the business. We also are dog friendly so if anyone is ever having a tough day or just need a pick me up, we have many pups to go pet :)
Can you give any advice or tips to individuals who are trying to enter your field?
Learn your customer and product! That is the base and value of any company and once you have that down, you become more valuable to other sides of the business who might be disconnected from the customer. Also, be comfortable starting from the bottom up. We’ve all done it and it truly is humbling and that much more rewarding once you keep moving up. I myself started in customer service and it’s something that has given me such a leg up since I know what the customer needs and wants are and can apply that to other areas and partnership for our business.
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