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Brit ScullNYC Brand Environment Manager at Levi’s
"I get paid to wear jeans every day, use power tools, and debate the serious merits of cuff vs. no cuff."
What’s your dream job and what are you doing to get there? Brit Scull of Levi’s is making her own. The girl’s been in the fashion business since she started folding t-shirts at Gap in high school, and now she’s blazing her own trail in the denim world. The only thing she won’t do to get to where she’s going: sell women shoes (again) and sit in a cubicle. A noble goal. 
Let’s talk about college. I was one of those lucky kids growing up who knew what she wanted to do and was encouraged by family and teachers to pursue it. I was always drawing, painting, making something. Everything in life became an art project to me. I thought about how I could turn that need to create into something that would actually earn me money. After a not-so-fun internship with an interior design firm at 16, I switched my focus to my love of fashion. I happened to be living in Ohio, where Kent State University had a well respected fashion school. I did all the required work to get into the fashion design program and embarked on 4+ years (super senior!) of hell. The program was a marathon, any fashion design student will tell you, and it was physically and mentally exhausting. I didn’t have a single hour for myself except for the summers I took off and I never had that stereotypical college experience. Don’t get me wrong though, I’m happy I went. I have invaluable skills that I don’t have the discipline to have learned on my own. I couldn’t be happier that I chose to spend my student loans on a talent/skill-based major and not on business administration, no offense meant.
What was your first job? The week after my 16th birthday I blanketed my local mall hoping some brand would fulfill my long awaited dream of folding jeans for minimum wage. The Gap was the lucky winner and I spent the rest of high school and the majority of college surrounded by multi-colored crewneck sweaters. It was my first foray into the world of visuals when they let me style the headless posable mannequins at BabyGap. That somewhat disturbing experience was when I first discovered that I was good at creating displays. With the exception of some typical retail horror stories, I enjoyed staying with one company for so long. I continued doing visuals for them while studying fashion and said a bittersweet goodbye to the American icon once I left Ohio.
What about your worst job? WOMEN. SHOES. HORROR. After college I was broke and without a job offer, so I turned to living with Mom and Dad in Jacksonvillle, Florida. I reluctantly delved deeper into the twisted world of retail and became a store manager with a well known footwear brand. Do you know how crazy women are about their feet and shoes? Well, I do: pretty f*cking crazy. Between a local anchor woman throwing shoes at me, women constantly insisting they were an 8 (please, you’re a 10!) and a foot fetishist who hung around my store, I couldn’t have left soon enough.
What’s your dream job? The traditional job setup of doing the same thing daily doesn’t really work with how my mind functions. I plan on having a multi-function space someday that can house my design studio as well as a little brick and mortar to sell all the pieces I find and the designers I’d like to support. My talent lies in that I can make most of what I imagine, so working on different types of projects for clients is what makes me happy. Since that job isn’t one you apply for, I’m creating it.
A job you would never want? Any that puts me in a cubicle under fluorescent lighting.
So, how did you get this job? I was living in Chicago and had been for two years when the power of suggestion changed my life. I started with Levi’s without major effort in 2010. I was jobless after my Assistant Designer position was eliminated post-recession when my resume landed in the lap of the East Coast Director of Brand Environment via a recruiter. I started in Chicago, overseeing the stores there and taking care of the Mag Mile flagship store. Christmas of that year, my boss came to town and casually suggested that I consider a promotion available in NYC. The seed was planted and I became obsessed with the opportunity to finally move to New York and with a company I respected. Several delayed months later, my unrelenting persistence got me the job and I moved in fall 2011.
Follow Britt on Twitter and on Tumblr.

Brit Scull
NYC Brand Environment Manager at Levi’s

"I get paid to wear jeans every day, use power tools, and debate the serious merits of cuff vs. no cuff."

What’s your dream job and what are you doing to get there? Brit Scull of Levi’s is making her own. The girl’s been in the fashion business since she started folding t-shirts at Gap in high school, and now she’s blazing her own trail in the denim world. The only thing she won’t do to get to where she’s going: sell women shoes (again) and sit in a cubicle. A noble goal. 

Let’s talk about college. I was one of those lucky kids growing up who knew what she wanted to do and was encouraged by family and teachers to pursue it. I was always drawing, painting, making something. Everything in life became an art project to me. I thought about how I could turn that need to create into something that would actually earn me money. After a not-so-fun internship with an interior design firm at 16, I switched my focus to my love of fashion. I happened to be living in Ohio, where Kent State University had a well respected fashion school. I did all the required work to get into the fashion design program and embarked on 4+ years (super senior!) of hell. The program was a marathon, any fashion design student will tell you, and it was physically and mentally exhausting. I didn’t have a single hour for myself except for the summers I took off and I never had that stereotypical college experience. Don’t get me wrong though, I’m happy I went. I have invaluable skills that I don’t have the discipline to have learned on my own. I couldn’t be happier that I chose to spend my student loans on a talent/skill-based major and not on business administration, no offense meant.

What was your first job? The week after my 16th birthday I blanketed my local mall hoping some brand would fulfill my long awaited dream of folding jeans for minimum wage. The Gap was the lucky winner and I spent the rest of high school and the majority of college surrounded by multi-colored crewneck sweaters. It was my first foray into the world of visuals when they let me style the headless posable mannequins at BabyGap. That somewhat disturbing experience was when I first discovered that I was good at creating displays. With the exception of some typical retail horror stories, I enjoyed staying with one company for so long. I continued doing visuals for them while studying fashion and said a bittersweet goodbye to the American icon once I left Ohio.

What about your worst job? WOMEN. SHOES. HORROR. After college I was broke and without a job offer, so I turned to living with Mom and Dad in Jacksonvillle, Florida. I reluctantly delved deeper into the twisted world of retail and became a store manager with a well known footwear brand. Do you know how crazy women are about their feet and shoes? Well, I do: pretty f*cking crazy. Between a local anchor woman throwing shoes at me, women constantly insisting they were an 8 (please, you’re a 10!) and a foot fetishist who hung around my store, I couldn’t have left soon enough.

What’s your dream job? The traditional job setup of doing the same thing daily doesn’t really work with how my mind functions. I plan on having a multi-function space someday that can house my design studio as well as a little brick and mortar to sell all the pieces I find and the designers I’d like to support. My talent lies in that I can make most of what I imagine, so working on different types of projects for clients is what makes me happy. Since that job isn’t one you apply for, I’m creating it.

A job you would never want? Any that puts me in a cubicle under fluorescent lighting.

So, how did you get this job? I was living in Chicago and had been for two years when the power of suggestion changed my life. I started with Levi’s without major effort in 2010. I was jobless after my Assistant Designer position was eliminated post-recession when my resume landed in the lap of the East Coast Director of Brand Environment via a recruiter. I started in Chicago, overseeing the stores there and taking care of the Mag Mile flagship store. Christmas of that year, my boss came to town and casually suggested that I consider a promotion available in NYC. The seed was planted and I became obsessed with the opportunity to finally move to New York and with a company I respected. Several delayed months later, my unrelenting persistence got me the job and I moved in fall 2011.

Follow Britt on Twitter and on Tumblr.

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