Like so many millennials, Soo-Young Kim's job didn't really exist a decade ago. Sure, having climbed her way up the editorial chain at Complex Media, she has a background that'd be familiar to anyone in the publishing sphere a generation back. But, fashion editor for a mega-retailer like Saks.com
? Well, that's a new thing entirely, isn't it?
As the walls between commerce and editorial collapse at Moda Operandi, Net-A-Porter, and, yes, Refinery29, even legendary retailers from the 19th century are adopting modern strategies for luring ever-elusive luxury customers. And Kim, who dreamed about working in fashion since she was a little girl, didn't want a traditional, conservative job — she wanted a challenge. That's why she brought her editorial skills to the photo shoots and features on Saks.com, where she's ushering a 116-year-old icon toward 21st-century success.
The biggest challenge I've ever faced
“Right now, I’m new to retail — I used to have more of a writing focus. Now that I’m on the visual side of fashion versus the writing side, I view my magazine collection and inspirations in a whole different way. So, I’m trying to learn from my new coworkers and play by the rules. It’s only once you know the rules that you can start to break them. Starting right out and doing something crazy just to see if it will stick isn’t the right way to go about it. So, I’m being a little cautious now, but that’s only so I can be rebellious later.”
What I do to feel glamorous
"I amp up my look with lipstick, whether it’s pink or red or dark or neon. I change my hair like every six months. I’m not shy about that. Finally, I don’t accessorize most of the week, but I feel pretty glamorous whenever I wear my gold necklaces, shiny rings, and grills!"
How I find a balance
“I make time to hang out with my friends, family, and the people I love so I can decompress. Also — cornball time — being with them helps me remember who I am and whose support got me to where I am. I also like to read YA novels and practice yoga when I can. Does binge-watching TV shows count?”
AS by DF
Cécile Silk, $174, available at AS by DF
; Adam Lippes
Navy Track Pant;
Laminated Wool Man Coat, $1,695, available at JOSEPH
Carine Heel, $365, available at Tibi
Jewelry, Kim's own.
Hair by Bethany Brill; Makeup by Ashleigh Ciucci; Styled by Laura Pritchard