We are excited to profile another amazing FGIDC member Maggy Francois this week. Maggy is definitely a mover and shaker in the DC Metro. Enjoy!
How did you land at your position?
Majority of us love fashion one way or the other. Many of us know it and some don’t. I never knew my love for passion until my 2nd year in college. People write off fashion as being very materialistic but in reality it is not. We have to wear clothes every single day, it’s a necessity, apart of us and who we are. My parents introduced me to this crazy world of fashion and they didn’t even know it. When I was in college I was really focused on becoming a nurse, and quickly realized that was not the route I wanted to take. I challenged myself and changed my major and from then on, my focus was to build a business that takes dedication, lots of time management and EDUCATE through DESIGN. Being in the fashion industry has allowed me to now grow into film, entertainment and many more opportunities.
“There isn’t ever one time we fail. I still go through at least one failure every year that teaches me a lesson on how to proceed and keep it moving. Failures are my teachable moments.”
Where do you find your inspiration/motivation?
Once upon a time, I posted one of my favorite quotes ” Black women are made of out of brown sugar, honey, cocoa and gold. And the strength of ten thousand moons.” I still do not know how I do it!! I have several mentors who keep me grounded. They are not afraid to point out my mistakes or provide me with advice that helps me stay grounded. It’s not easy and every day is a hustle but when you love what you do it’s inspiring for yourself and others.
Why do you call the DC area home?
When I moved here from NYC, I did not plan to stay but ended up making it a home. I am die hard New Yorker and DC doesn’t exactly have the bright lights of NYC, but it does have a tiny bit of electric energy in the air. It’s a very different kind of energy, of course but it works for the people that live here. Also, it’s a booming area for creatives like me, full of wannabe celebrities in DC than NYC, …sorry I had to say it 🙂 and many more movers and shakers.
What in your career are you most proud of?
Being able to encourage young creatives to pursue their passion is very rewarding. I am that voice that helps make them turn their fashion for passion to life. Many people look at fashion as a fantasy world, but it’s a billion dollar business and why not show our youth how to monetize doing what you love.
Tell us about a time you felt you had failed?
There isn’t ever one time we fail. I still go through at least one failure every year that teaches me a lesson on how to proceed and keep it moving. Failures are my teachable moments.
What do you see as the biggest value of an FGI membership?
FGI is a great support to help building your brand through networking. In addition, FGI meets the needs of the fashion design industry and provides the knowledge and expertise needed.