Haley interviews Stacy Igel

by haley sherif

With New York Fashion Week officially kicking off in just a few days it’s never felt more appropriate to feature an interview with a designer. Stacy Igel though isn’t just any designer, she’s the founder of the popular brand Boy Meets Girl. Her work has been featured in numerous renowned publications such as WWD, InStyle, and Seventeen, as well as on such television shows as Gossip Girl and Vampire Diaries. She is also the producer and host of Behind the Seams with Stacy Igel on Lockerz.com. Stacy will show her collection at Style 360 Fashion Week. Stacy Igel lent us a bit of time to dish on all things fashion, from her brand to her tips on how to dress for success.

HS: Describe your day to day style.

SI: I like to think its eclectic, edgy, and demure all rolled into one neat little package.

HS: What inspires the work you do everyday?

SI: I draw inspiration from a variety of eclectic influences: vintage clothing, the vibrant New York art and music scenes, Hollywood glamourati, etc. Right now my special Boy/Girl muses for my upcoming NYFW collection are Joan Baez & Bob Dylan. More to come September 12th!

HS: How did you get into the designing business?

SI: Well, I told my Mom at the age of 4 that I would only wear dresses to nursery school. I dressed my Pre–K classmates and staged fashion shows from my school cafeteria.  My mom was an entrepreneur and I definitely inherited that from her — its in my blood. My education contributed to where I am today. I was lucky to incorporate all facets of the business into my college education. I took a one/one junior/senior design thesis class with the head of the design program of UofW. I took fashion show classes where we created our own fashion shows from A-Z. I took small business classes that gave me a background of how to run a small business. The teachers and friends I met shaped my college life are pivotal to who I am today.

HS: What is the story behind Boy Meets Girl?

SI: The first time I met my husband’s parents was for dinner at their apartment.  While they were giving me the tour, I noticed a picture frame containing silhouettes of their three children from when they were younger. My parents had a similar picture of my sister and I from when we were about the same age.  I thought about us and how we still both had these young, playful, carefree versions of ourselves inside of us and I knew right then and there my brand would be called Boy Meets Girl and that I’d use our silhouettes for the logo.  The logo driven product came first and we have been growing the collection organically from there.

HS: What is your favorite part of New York Fashion Week?

SI: Everything.

HS: What are your tips for dressing for success? 

SI: You should make sure the fit of a garment compliments your body. Never compromise on fit to follow a trend. Also, I love a little height I think it shapes your legs. Here are three tips for looking your best.

1. If you’re a shorty like me (holla!), wear platforms or heels with shorts, dresses or skirts. They make your legs look longer.
2. Spanx.  If you don’t know, now you know. Get the black biker shorts kind that work with everything.
3. Don’t try too hard — less is more.

HS: How about breaking into the design business?

1. Be prepared to work like you’ve never worked before.
2.Being a talented designer is not enough. You need to learn how to be an effective marketer, networker, salesperson, service provider, writer, stylist, merchandiser and psychiatrist too.
3.Work with multiple vendors and never stop sourcing potential new ones.  It gives you leverage and protects you from catastrophes.
4.Last, but not least… BELIEVE! I quickly learned the importance of hard work and customer service.  There are a lot of amazingly talented people in this world.  While you may not always be the most creative, charming or brilliant person in the room, you can be the hardest working and most dedicated — that is something that is totally within your own control.  By working hard, my bosses took notice at my earlier jobs and my employees take notice now.  Its leadership by example and I think it fosters loyalty and camaraderie.

HS: What’s next?
SI: NYFW September 12th at 7pm!