Alumni Spotlight: Brittany Reilly, Class of 2014
April 7, 2017
What’s happening in your career now?
I have completely renovated a 1972 vintage Airstream and turned it into a traveling women's clothing boutique called Bohemian Grove Airstream Boutique. I curate Bohemian Groove myself, with one-of-a-kind pieces and unique brands from across the country. I also handle all of the social media and run an e-commerce store. I travel with my Airstream to different markets, events, and music festivals. Since launching in May 2016, Bohemian Groove has traveled throughout the tri-state (NY, NJ, CT) area. My goal is to eventually go across the country with it.
Describe your career path so far. What were some challenges you faced?
My career path started when I was at LIM and interned for celebrity stylists in the fashion industry. I realized how much I really enjoy styling and had the opportunity to take a job as a Personal Shopper for Topshop. I did that for about four years and really loved it. However, I felt as if I wasn't using my skills and knowledge to their fullest potential. So I decided to take the leap and start my own business. The biggest challenge in the beginning was getting over the fear of failure. Once you're fully confident in yourself and believe nothing can stop you from making your dreams come true, you realize how successful you can be.
How did LIM College help prepare you for your career?
Attending LIM was one of the best decisions I have made thus far. It was really important for me when I chose a college that it was a place that I not only saw myself succeeding at, but also being happy at. After graduating from LIM, I had five different internships under my belt and had worked at two very well-known corporations in the fashion industry. I truly believe that it was because of my education at LIM College that I was able to start my own business and become an entrepreneur.
What advice would you give someone who’s considering starting their own business?
Never compare yourself to others. It's hard to not compare yourself to someone who says they just landed their dream job at a company like Chanel or Vogue at the age of 22, but just because it’s their dream job does not mean it’s yours. Concentrate on yourself and what truly makes you happy. Never allow negative attitudes get in the way of pursuing your dream and being successful.