Hello to my human followers! I hope you have all gotten settled into your 2012/2013 school schedules. I know all too well how busy this time of year can be. Obedience school has started back up for me and, sadly, I am one stressed out student. Lots of things stress me out about getting ready for school, but choosing just the right outfit for class is #1 on the list. I usually allow up to two days to put together just the right look from my wonderfully enormous closet. Of course, all you lucky duck Parker kids don’t have to do that because you get to wear uniforms. Getting dressed for school is a breeze for you.
Enough about stressful things! Let’s talk fashion. I am so excited for this week’s blog. I actually got to interview a very important person at Parker. I feel like such a journalist! Best of all is who I got to interview — Lucia Boss, Director of Product Development and Quality. I believe Lucia has the most fabulous job in all of Parker because she, my friends, is a real life, honest to goodness FASHION DESIGNER. I kid you not. I sat down recently with Lucia to hear more about her background in fashion and her new job at Parker. (Hee hee, don’t I sound just like a real reporter.)
Zoe: Hi Ms. Boss. I am so excited that you have joined Parker. I feel as though I have a kindred spirit in the company.
Lucia: Thank you, Zoe. And please, I’d love it if you would call me Lucia.
Zoe: Oh, thank you, Lucia! Let’s get started. How did you first discover that you love fashion?
Lucia: I developed my love of fashion design by sitting alongside my mother at her sewing machine. I have been sewing and designing clothes since I was a little girl. What about you, Zoe?
Zoe: I’ve loved fashion since I was a little bitty puppy and my owner bought me my first pink outfit. It was love at first sight. Where did you grow up?
Lucia: Well, I’m Bi-Coastal really. I was born in New York and then moved to California. I’ve been going back and forth ever since.
Zoe: Wow. So Houston is your first stop in the middle. What are some of the highlights of your design career?
Lucia: Houston is my first stop in the middle of the country and I am enjoying getting to know my new city. I got my professional start by designing costumes for the stage and theatre in New York. I worked on productions of the Mikado, Mid-Summer Night’s Dream, and Shakespeare in The Park.
Zoe: Costumes! I love costumes. I dress up for Halloween every year.
Lucia: I am glad to hear that. While I was working in New York, I had a chance meeting with an MGM film studio head. He offered me a new opportunity in California, so I moved back to Hollywood. Zoe, are you OK? Why are you suddenly chasing your tail?
Zoe: HOLLYWOOD! Did you say HOLLYWOOD! I am so excited. I love HOLLYWOOD! It’s the home of the rich and famous. You know, I’m kind of famous myself. I’ve always felt as though I should be a star.
Lucia: Oh, well that’s very interesting. While I lived in Los Angeles, I worked in the TV/film industry for such series as Battle Star Galactica. Eventually though I found myself back in New York. It was there that I began working for some of America’s top design houses such as Kasper, Adrienne Vittidini and Ralph Lauren. I’ve also worked for retailers such as Banana Republic, Ann Taylor, and Express. Zoe? Why are you lying on your back with your paws in the air? Did you faint?
Zoe: Pant, pant. No, I’m fine. I’m just a bit overcome in the presence of your design greatness. May I lick you?
Zoe: Oh, sorry about that. That was a little too personal, wasn’t it? Nonetheless, you are my HERO! What brought you to Parker?
Lucia: Well, I was looking for a more relaxed lifestyle and a change of pace. I think I found that at Parker.
Zoe: What exactly will you be doing for Parker?
Lucia: My list of To Do’s is very long. Right now, I’m reviewing Parker’s creative processes. I want to make sure that all of our products are designed, sewn, and inspected the same way every time. Our customers expect a lot from our products and I want to insure that we deliver the fit and quality that they expect.
Zoe: So you’re not just designing new clothes all the time?
Lucia: Well, no. A lot of design isn’t about coming up with new ideas, although I’ll be doing some of that too. Design is also about determining how clothes should fit, what kind of buttons to use, the measurements of a Size 6 versus a Size 8, etc. I know it doesn’t sound as exciting as you had hoped, but it’s still very important.
Zoe: Well, even so, you’re still my design hero. I’d love for you to come over and see my closet sometime. I think you would be impressed.
Lucia: Thank you, Zoe. That sounds very interesting. I have to say, I’m a bit mesmerized by your pink business suit. I’d be interested in any design suggestions you have for me. I know you’ve worn our jumpers in the past and I’d love to hear how you liked them.
Zoe: You mean it? I would love that!
Lucia: Of course. I look forward to working with you and the entire Parker family.
Zoe: Thanks for your time, Lucia. I’m so excited to introduce you to our customers.
And there you have it, Humans. Maybe Lucia’s job isn’t as exciting as I had hoped, but her background in design sure is. (I still wiggle a little when I think about HOLLYWOOD.) And, in the end, all of Parker’s customers will benefit from her experience and work behind-the-scenes. Until next time, Zoe the dog.