We had the good fortune of connecting with Tiffany Torossian and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tiffany, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
Ever since I was little, I loved arts and crafts and bringing my imagination to life. I would think of something in my head and then draw or make it. I love that in art, then is no wrong or right. People have their opinions, but that should never stop you from doing or making what you love. I constantly have ideas flowing through my head, especially when it comes to fashion and I love that for my job, I can search for all the pieces I am looking for and bring my vision to life.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
It definitely was not easy to get to where I am at today. I started off at FIDM in Los Angeles, CA for their Visual Communications program. It was 2 long years of extremely long nights, running on no sleep, time consuming projects and literally, blood, sweat and tears. Within the last quarter of school, I got an internship with fashion designer Michael Costello for 3 months and then was hired as his first ever assistant. I learned the “ins and outs” of fashion and quickly realized that it is not glamorous at all like many think. It required patience, organization and hard work. I worked with stylists, clients including celebrities, at the showroom, runway shows and photo shoots. The job involved many different tasks, but I loved every minute of it. When I moved on from the job, I started to work on my own by building relationships with my own personal clients and meeting many more people within the industry. The key of the fashion industry is all about networking. It’s about who and how much you know. Working as an independent stylist is challenging because you are your own boss and essentially can only rely on yourself. The main downside is that the work is not always consistent and can have days with no work, but you need to keep your head and keep searching until you book your next gig. What I have learned throughout the years is to never give up, never put yourself down and of course believe in yourself.
Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
When I have friends or family visiting the area, the main thing for me is to take them to the best places to eat. For breakfast we can go to Home Restaurant for the most amazing chilaquiles and micheladas, The Griddle Cafe for giant pancakes, Black Cow Cafe for tasty corn flake crusted french toast and anywhere in LA for the best birria tacos! For lunch, we can go to my favorite Urth Cafe for the BEST matcha latte, matcha tiramisu and paninis and Tocaya Organica and Lemonade for a healthy bowl or salad! For dinner, we can go to my favorite restaurant Ysabel for their handmade vodka pasta and wagyu beef skewers and TAO for their delicious spicy tuna crispy rice and gyoza. To hang out throughout the day, we can stop by Malibu beach, go on a hike at Griffith Observatory for a beautiful city view, go to Americana or Melrose for the shops and check out some breweries for beer flights!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
There’s definitely a few people and things in my life that have brought me to where I am today. I want to first start off with my mom because without her allowing me to be creative and run free with my ideas, I wouldn’t have reached my dreams. Even when I would feel like I’m failing or can’t finish a project, she would push me and believe me until I could accomplish it. When I told her I wanted to be in fashion, she didn’t push me into a career that she wanted for me like some parents do. She wants me to be happy and do whatever it is I loved. Besides my mom, I would also like to say a thank you to Alexander McQueen. Of course I have never met him, but I have been following his work for years and was one of the first people in fashion I fell in love with. People always hated on him and his work because he wasn’t understood, but he taught me that it’s never about acceptance. It’s about doing what you love and to let your creativity speak. Everyone will always have an opinion on what you do, so it’s up to you to not listen and push through it. He also made me look at fashion like art. It’s not just a few garment’s put together, it should be them telling a story of what point you’re trying to get across. Just by following his work and hearing him speak, it really broadened my mind and knowledge of fashion, art and creativity.