Australian-born designer Aimee Kestenberg went from a student on a limited visa to a well-respected and internationally known designer. She shared her story with us on OPEN Forum, and gave some great business advice as well:
How common is it today that designers actually make their own products, in addition to designing them?
A lot of designers aren’t taught how to construct accessories. It is one thing to be a talented designer, but I’ve found that it’s so important to also understand how pieces are made. Having an understanding of how to hand make accessories helps drastically in improving efficiency in the development process as well as effectively communicating. Knowledge is power, and the more you absorb, the stronger you will be as a businessperson.
Read more of Kestenberg’s story on OPEN Forum.