Boss Lady Spotlight: Kim Mitchell
At Armoire, we’re casting a spotlight on some of the notable, powerful boss ladies in our community, and what being a boss lady means to them. Read on to learn all about Armoire member, Kim Mitchell.
I started my blog, J’adore Couture, back in 2004 while in graduate school. My thesis was designing a multicultural fashion magazine, and my advisor thought a blog would get me in the habit of writing.
I’m an art director and designer, originally from Philadelphia, but now I live in San Francisco. In addition to the blog, I’m an art director at Banana Republic Factory. My job involves creating concepts for seasonal photoshoots as well as managing a team of designers who create our marketing, from store signage to emails to social media.
I’m hoping in the future I’m still writing the blog and working as an art director—I truly love what I do!
How she’s redefining women who work:
When I was younger, I never saw other women who looked like me in fashion magazines. I never thought I could have the career I do now! I like to think I inspire young people to try a career path they might not have considered or to be a trailblazer in what they are passionate about.
Her biggest challenge:
The retail landscape is constantly changing and you need to keep up on the industry in order to stay relevant. I get inspired when I see other women making career shifts, no matter their age or experience.
Her secret to a work/life balance:
I make sure to get away from my computer and find inspiration IRL, I jokingly say. I love wandering around the city taking photos, looking at art and architecture, going to concerts, and checking out new restaurants.
Staying active is also important to me. I try to run 4-5 times a week in the morning. It’s a form of therapy for me and gets me in the right mindset for the day.
What she wishes she knew 5 years ago:
You are not your job! I had dreamt of working at Gap corporate since I was in college, and when I finally got there, I hadn’t quite grasped the concept of work/life balance. I was working a lot of long hours. While I was happy to be here, I also struggled with burn out. I promise you can kick ass at your job and still have a life!
It’s ok to not know exactly what you want to do, so just try a lot of things. If you’re at a job and someone asks you to try something new, say yes! You never know where that opportunity could lead you.
And always be gracious. Send thank you notes—it’s a lost art.
Why she uses Armoire:
As a blogger, I enjoy shopping and trying new styles, but I struggle with consumerism and the waste that fashion creates. I was curious about subscription services and did research on my options. I liked that Armoire is a woman and minority-started brand, and that they give back to their community.
Her favorite part:
The brands are ones that I already love and probably have a few of in my closet. The styles can go effortlessly from work to weekend and aren’t too casual or too dressy/cocktail.
What Armoire outfit do you feel most powerful in?
I like all of the outfits I rent for different reasons! This black and white lace look sums up my personal style, a mix of masculine (the bomber) and feminine (lace).