Barneys Merchandiser Jackie Kim has an enviable job from any angle: not only is she privy to the season’s newest trends straight off the runway, but it’s her duty to analyze exactly which of these trends will translate into commercial success for the multi-brand retail giant. She has an undeniable “It Girl” way about her, from her style to her effortlessly sunny personality. VIVA spoke to Jackie about her career, her lifestyle, and what drives her passion.
What is your favorite part about working as a Merchandiser for Barneys? Working in the Barneys fashion office is a dream, because we get to see the fruits of our labor manifest into a tangible image or product. One of my favorite projects is putting together compelling looks and trends for Barneys’ “ The Window ” mailer. Seeing those books come together and then take on a life of their own has been very fulfilling. Another fun part about working in the fashion office is developing collaborative projects with vendors to create the Barneys signature line, XO .
Who is the most interesting person you’ve met through your job? Working at Barneys has allowed me to meet some of the most eccentric and talented people in the industry. I would say one of my most memorable encounters has to be [Barneys Creative Ambassador] Simon Doonan , who is one of the most charming, graceful and hilarious people I have had the pleasure of knowing.
How does living in NYC affect your personal style? New York’s vibrant youth culture, revolutionary nightlife scene, and quintessential New York values all have an impact on my personal style. For example, NYC is a pedestrian’s playground, so high heels are a rarity for me. Also, if you’ve ever seen me around, it’s clear that street culture definitely affects what I put on every morning. My go-to uniform consists of sneakers, skate tees and a designer skirt or trouser.
Are there other cities that influence your aesthetic? Going to high school in Southern California definitely had an effect on how I dress. The boys on Fairfax and the laid-back, luxurious style of L.A. moms both hold a special place in my heart- and closet. Also, I have to mention Paris - namely, adventures on Avenue Georges V, that opened my eyes to quality and craftsmanship.
If you didn’t live in New York, what is another city you could see yourself in and why? It’s hard to say, I’m obsessed with New York! I think its pace is perfectly overwhelming, and its proximity to London is great. If I had to choose, maybe Miami; I think it’s such an entertaining city, I love its booming art industry and eccentric style. I couldn’t handle all the flooding, though.
Who are some of the new designers you’ve had your eye on lately? R/R Studio, Simon Miller, Sies Marjan, and Faith Connexion for womenswear; Here Now and Martiniano for shoes.
What are the spring trends you’re the most excited about for Spring 2016? I love all of the interesting pant silhouettes coming out for spring. A lot of them are cropped, which means it’s going to be a fun shoe season! Another style I’ve always been a fan of is the slip dress; since its advent in the 90s it’s returned in a very creative way.
Are there any pieces you’re planning on purchasing? The Céline glove shoe in pink, and a Derek Lam striped shirt with funnel sleeves are constantly on my mind.
Who are some of your style role models? Jayne Min, Julia Sarr Jamois, Pernille Teisbaek, Giorgia Tordini and Tomoko Ogura!
What is your favorite thing to do on the weekends? Visiting the range at Chelsea Piers , dancing the night away at Kinfolk , wandering the Frick and the new Whitney , visiting the Barneys downtown location, brunch at Dimes , going to the movies, or dressing up for one of Mean Red’s epic parties.