Men's Outerwear Designer for Guess? Inc.
The Art Institute of California—Hollywood, a campus of Argosy University
I believe what is going to carry you through is your passion. In the end, if you don't have love for what you do, there is no point. Christian Ferretti , Men's Outerwear Designer for Guess? Inc. Associate of Science in Fashion Design, 2011 , The Art Institute of California—Hollywood, a campus of Argosy University
Christian Ferretti is a men’s outerwear designer for Guess? Inc. in Los Angeles, California. He designs blazers, vests, and outerwear, and says that fashion is a career that requires determination. “The majority of circumstances in your career will take commitment. I had to work long hours and weekends to be able to finish collections that were due.” He emphasizes the need to work well in a team and to look to the bigger picture when decisions don’t go your way.
“Sometimes you may not agree with the decisions made by the person in charge but you need to understand it is not about you. It’s about the team.”
Christian has faced challenges in his career, including taking a year off of school for personal reasons. “I wish I hadn't done that. I think it is imperative to stick it out and finish the goal you have set for yourself.” His passion helped him to get back into school and complete his degree. And he tells current students that without that same passion, they cannot succeed. “I believe what is going to carry you through is your passion. In the end, if you don't have love for what you do, there is not point.”
At work, Christian has an inspiration board that he uses to brainstorm ideas. He updates the board with photos, fabrics, and magazine tears and uses that information to think about his target customer’s lifestyle. ”I constantly share news about fashion and bring my recent vintage finds to work. I also communicate my vision through the way I dress daily.”
Achieving a place of prominence in the fashion world takes time and Christian says it’s important to take internships and even unpaid work to gain experience. “I have proven myself in the company I currently work for by creating styles that sold well.” He’s also been interviewed by CNN en Español and was featured in newspapers and magazines in his native Ecuador.
Christian, who in 2011 earned an Associate of Science in Fashion Design from The Art Institute of California—Hollywood, says that his education helped him to understand the importance of deadlines. He also learned that feedback is an important way to grow as an artist. “Critiquing is not always destructive. [It] can make you better.”
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