Inside Target's Red-Hot Offices

We're not exaggerating one bit when we say that Target is our happy place. For those of us lucky enough to have that red bull's-eye nearby, the mass retailer is a one-stop shop for aisles and aisles of eye candy, surprising finds, well-made merch, and — surprise! — price points that make impulse shopping totally dangerous. After all, can you think of the last time you left a Target empty-handed? Exactly.
Basically inventing the designer collaboration with Isaac Mizrahi way back in 2002 (to 3.1 Phillip Lim just last year), Target's always been on the cutting edge when it comes to repackaging our favorite indie and luxury designers in wallet-friendlier ways. And, it doesn't just end with the fashion departments. Take a stroll through its beauty counters and home-decor aisles (hey, Nate Berkus!), and you'll get that same giddy head rush.
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Of course, to create an experience so fun, you need a team that knows what's up, and we crashed Target headquarters in Minneapolis to see the masters at work. Ahead, we get a glimpse at the work lives of five of Target's own, including the leading lady in charge of women's apparel and the design maestro behind the retailer's home lines, and take a peek at the retailer's super-fetching office space. Right on, Target.
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A view from above into the main Target lobby.
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Lisa Castro, director, Design

What makes your job so you?
"Fashion and beauty have been a personal passion since I was in the first grade. I always knew I would do something in the fashion industry, and I feel fortunate to have a career for which I get paid to do what I love. Outside of the office, I'm always reading fashion blogs, shopping online, and perusing the latest trends and travel."
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Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on.
"It has to be the launch of GO International in 2006. I was the senior buyer overseeing the program, and limited-edition design partnerships were uncharted territory in retail. It was a true entrepreneurial experience and one that influenced and continues to shape the industry."
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Describe your go-to work outfit.
"My go-to outfit is forever evolving; however, there are a few things that come to mind. I love the mixture of high-low fashion, and I always wear black or gray with each outfit. I've been known to wear black skinny pants and a black or gray jacket on a regular basis. I also love to layer Mossimo tees under my jackets along with a scarf or long necklace from Target. Finally, right now, I'm obsessed with ankle boots in a variety of materials and colors."
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What's the last best thing you bought at Target?
"My iPad! I'm sort of addicted to Apple products and social media."
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Quick — what's the best perk about working at Target?
"Hands down, seeing people wearing our product all over the world. I personally love when I'm traveling to Europe and I see our product. This part of my job never gets old."
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Laura Cashill, senior manager, Category Marketing

What makes your job so you?
"This job is fast paced, high energy, and allows me to work with an amazing team of people I truly enjoy! It is such a positive environment that is respectful of each team member’s opinion and allows me to use my talents. I also have the opportunity to work with amazing designers and creative people who I learn from and admire. I’m proud to tell these external partners and others that I work for Target and enjoy the many “I love Target” responses I receive in return."

What's your favorite office tradition?
"A few things come to mind. Coffee and 'status time' by the fire in Target Hall, our main gathering and meeting space, is honestly invigorating — you see so many people come and go and feel the energy of Target. More specific to the marketing team I work on are various team celebrations, which we’ve dubbed 'Stylebrations,' like our Halloween cube/row decorating contest. These weekly events encourage us to celebrate great moments in team members’ personal lives as well as great moments for Target."
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Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on.
"In my nearly 19 years at Target, there have been many projects that I am proud of, but my time with the Design Partnerships team has been so fun, engaging, and rewarding — the highlight being the Missoni for Target project. It was truly amazing to work with such fantastic designers and talent and have the opportunity to learn from one another."
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What's the last best thing you bought at Target?
"My very favorite thing (and one I still get so many compliments on every time I wear it) is my Thakoon for Target dress — seven years old and still going strong!"

Describe your go-to work outfit.
"I love a good mix of high-low and layering, especially for the Minnesota weather! I love a leather jacket over a dress with tights and boots as well as a silk blouse, black skinny pants, and a jacket or vest. A stack of bracelets (some from Target mixed in) and, always, my watch."
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Quick — what's the best perk about working at Target?
"The discount, of course, and the teams that I get to work with every day."
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Tim Kehoe, associate product design director, Brand Management & Trend

What makes your job so you?
"As the leader of our Home Trend & Brand Development team, I’m able to do all of the things I have loved doing since I was 12 years old. Even as a kid, I shopped vintage, subscribed to fashion and home magazines, and knew all the latest trends. Even though I am an avid collector of all things vintage and antique, my passion lies in helping people discover how style will evolve in the future."

What's your favorite office tradition?
"Most of my team sits together in a room at one long table laughing while getting tons of stuff done. It’s that daily tradition of talking around the table that really is my favorite. We share what is trending on social media or talk about who had the coolest runway-show video. By sharing a space, we get to know each member of the team like a family member."
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Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on.
"My whole job is hugely rewarding, but one of my favorite projects was Target's collaboration with Missoni. I love the Missoni effort because it helped further Target's reputation as a retailer that can bring amazing style at an incredible value."

What's the last best thing you bought at Target?
"We were having a white-themed holiday party, and we bought the Threshold white-and-gold-patterned appetizer plates. It seems my wife has us buy everything we come out with for Threshold."
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Quick — what's the best perk about working at Target?
"I have worked for many design companies in my long career, but Target is truly committed to ensuring you develop your whole self, not just design great products. Through mentoring and creating a culture of trust, the company develops great products and great people."

Describe your go-to work outfit.
"I am a true old-school prep at heart, so my outfits usually involve two parts tweed, one part plaid, a pair of well-polished shoes, and no socks — never socks."
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Maggie Thaden, store team leader

What makes your job so you?
"I get to lead a talented team from diverse backgrounds and help them achieve their fullest potential at Target. I also work with the merchandising team and help roll out new initiatives to all Target stores. My role is fast paced and forever changing, and I really thrive on that dynamism!"
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Describe your go-to work outfit.
"Iron-free khakis, a printed tank or shell, and a red cardigan, all pulled together by earrings and a chunky necklace or scarf. You wouldn't believe some of the red-and-khaki combinations I’ve come up with over the years."
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What's your favorite office tradition?
"Most mornings, my team and I take a break together to catch up and reconnect. Coffee date meets smorgasbord of food as each person brings their own treat. I tend to learn the most about my team during this time."
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What's the last best thing you bought at Target?
"I really love Target’s C9 apparel. In fact, I just purchased a fleece pullover with a chunky, cowl collar and hood. It is great for my active lifestyle. Yoga to dinner — perfect!"
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Quick — what's the best perk about working at Target?
"We have a very talented team at all levels, so it makes it fun and rewarding day in and out. Plus, I get to go to work in a Target store every day!"
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Karmine Yu, director, Target.com and Mobile

What makes your job so you?
"Working in site merchandise at Target provides the opportunity to work with great merchants and marketers while also having the responsibility of bringing these elements together to create a great online shopping experience. I love that there’s strategy and execution — and that it’s fast paced and dynamic, with immediate results."

Describe your go-to work outfit.
"A black sheath dress, a great pair of shoes, and a fabulous handbag!"
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What’s your favorite office tradition?
"The headquarters-wide ugly-Christmas-sweater contest was great. Who knew so many cool and stylish people would wear such horrible sweaters?"
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What's the last best thing you bought at Target?
"The standout has got to be my 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target handbag."
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Quick — what's the best perk about working at Target?
"The best perk about working at Target is being part of such an iconic and loved brand. My earliest memories of shopping at Target were shopping at the store in Manhattan Beach, California. I was a grad student who could barely afford to pay rent, and Target was the place that I could go to to get all my essentials. It is somewhat surreal to now be working at Target and to be part of the team that will build and deliver a world-class, multichannel guest experience."
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