“Taking Risks Makes You a Stronger Leader” — And More Career Advice For Aspiring Fashionistas


Armarium co-founders Alexandra Lind Rose (left) and Trisha Gregory (right). Photo: Getty Images

Working in fashion, while fun, is no easy task. And switching career paths in the industry? Daunting to say the least. But it can be done — just ask Trisha Gregory, co-founder of Armarium — a new lifestyle brand and app that allows women to borrow luxury ready-to-wear pieces and accessories.

After nearly a decade as the head of public relations for a high-end fashion brand, she took the leap and created Armarium along with her co-founder (and fellow fashion veteran) Alexandra Lind Rose. Together, the two are making what Gregory calls “one hit wonders” — designer pieces that are costly, exclusive, or difficult to find — accessible to women straight from their smartphones. The app, which first debuted as an invite-only platform for fashion insiders, is now available for everyone.

Below, Gregory’s lending sound advice for other aspiring lady-leaders looking to make career changes or launch a business.

On knowing when the time was right to start a new project…

I knew after many times of styling Ferragamo runway statement pieces on VIP women around the country for special events. Oftentimes, we worked with pieces that were cancelled from production or not found in the market. So I knew I wanted to create a platform that provided this type of access to more women.

Five elements to have when launching a business…

Passion for what you are building is key. The hours are late and there are many highs and lows along the road. Other fundamentals in the early days are: a solid plan backed with a lot of research, a great partner that shares your vision, a devoted team, a supportive network of friends and family, and patience.


On facing challenges and how to overcome them…

Some of the biggest challenges have been learning the balance of the daily grind. The ability to multitask and focus can be challenging.

On the most difficult part about changing career paths…

Anxiety and fear in taking risks is what makes you a stronger leader and businesswoman. I am lucky to have the support of my former employer in many ways and to have brought so many elements of what I was taught in building a luxury brand into Armarium.

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