Jill Aiko Yee

Fashion Designer

“I didn't really fit into the traditional mold of a fashion company, but that's been the joy and the pain of it both.”

Location

Los Angeles, CA

Nationality

Japanese

Average Work Week

40 +

While owning and operating your own Los Angeles fashion line will sound like the dream to many, designer Jill Aiko Yee advises kids to keep their goals simple in the beginning. Develop your own style bit by bit and take in information, says the proprietor of the women’s wear business that bears her name.

Yee also reminds us that fashion is a trade industry, so while she emphasized education coming up, there are ample opportunities to learn by doing and from working underneath experienced mentors. Plus, design isn’t the end-all-be-all of the industry: there’s textile design, merchandising and stylist jobs as well. Hear more from Yee in the video.

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My Advice

Just go for it. I think that there are a lot of things that we hold ourselves back from. But everything revolves around what you want it to be. That means that you can excite people around you, learn from the people around you, and create your own universe, whether it’s creative or entrepreneurial, or anything else.

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