Everyone has a dream job: For a lot young people, it involves striking out on your own and launching a business where you get to call the shots. But, how does one get there — much less before even turning 30? In the spirit of gleaning some primo professional inspiration, we talked to a handful of L.A. fashion designers all in different stages of their careers.
They each have their own unique stories, but one big thing in common: None of these women have had any formal design training. Not one of them went to fashion school, and they've all funded their collections themselves. These women all got where they are today through good old-fashioned hard work. Translation: They're the perfect people to turn to for inspiring career advice — no matter your industry.
We visited each of them in their work spaces, homes, and stores for a hefty dose of professional insight. (And yes, we also lusted after all of their designs on our way out.) Now sit back, click through our slideshow, and prepare for an exhilirating buzz of career inspo.