We had the good fortune of connecting with Jillian Colin and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jillian, how do you think about risk?
Risk is a super important factor in life changing decisions. Where there is risk, there is value. In my life and in my work I have risked financial, personal, and honestly emotional stability for the sake of following decisions that I have believed in. Notably, moving across the country in a pandemic with my company to pursue something new. And it’s paid off in more ways than one.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am a vintage dealer and fashion designer. I have been in love with this space since I was a child growing up on a hay ranch in Northern California.
What sets my work apart is the fact that it’s all coming from a place of curiosity and deep love for the history of fashion and how we all find ourselves (at least to a certain extent) in the way we dress. Each piece that I source or re-develop is versatile, high quality, and built to last and styled be endlessly.
I graduated from FIDM and went to work as an Associate and then Senior Designer at the Los Angeles clothing brand Naked Wardrobe. I designed, fit modeled, and ran production for about 2 years there. I learned so much about the industry and what it means to create and distribute meaningful wardrobe essentials and decided to pivot and do the same, but in a more planet friendly way. I left that company in December 2019 and started my company Trouve Moi Vintage in March 2020.
It continues to be an exciting ride, and feels like I am always just beginning.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
This is maybe the hardest question in the world to answer, but I would say Get coffee at: the conservatory for coffee on Washington blvd and Cognoscenti Coffee
Eat at: Uzumaki, Sage Bistro, Chosun Galbee and Howard’s Famous Burgers
Shop at: the Platform in Culver City and The Mart Collective in Venice, Hidden Treasures in Topanga, and Westfield Century City Mall
Go to: the Arts District, Little Tokyo, Echo Park/ Silver Lake, the Beach!
Do: Rent bikes and go for a long ride along the coast
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I want to shoutout my college Design Director Anne Bennion from The Fashion Institute of Design + Merchandising (FIDM) for believing in my abilities in the fashion design + product space. She is the one who pushed me to get into Fashion Design when I initially considered entering another area in the industry. Bless you, Anne! Shouts out.