03 Apr Fashiontonian of the Month: Jordan Culberson
Each month we will showcase a Washingtonian who works in a fashion related industry. By doing this we hope to show off the great talent we have in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. We are excited to announce ReadysetDC’s editor-in-chief Jordan Culberson as our April 2012 “Fashiontonian of the Month.”
Are you originally from the Washington, DC area? If not, how would you compare Washington, DC to other places you’ve lived.
I was born in Washington, DC and raised for the most part in Alexandria, with stints in the Midwest, the Caribbean and the Deep South.
What are some of your favorite places to go in the city?
I really enjoy taking advantage of the National Mall. Sometimes, after living in DC for awhile you can forget how amazing it is to have that space at your fingertips. Right now, you’ll find me at the Hirshhorn for Doug Aiken’s incredible video display SONG1. As far a dining goes, I’m a sucker for my neighborhood joints. I live in Bloomingdale, and on any given day you’ll find me at Big Bear Café or Boundary Stone. Some of my favorite shops include Treasury on 14th Street and Nana’s in Mount Pleasant.
Random Question: Describe your perfect day in 140 characters or less.
Coffee and the New York Times. Yoga & a walk with Georgia (my dog). A day trip of some sort then back to the city for dinner at Komi, no biggie.
Did you always imagine yourself working in media?
I’ve always loved storytelling and trying to understand how we communicate with one another. That, combined with an insatiable curiosity, created a natural interest for the media, which I’ve been unable to shake since. I originally started in broadcast journalism, working in public radio.
What advice would you give to someone interested in breaking into the field of communications?
Be bold, and be accountable. Whether you are writing a press release or an article, you should be proud of what you’re putting your name on. Have standards and stick to em’. Oh, and fact check, fact check, fact check. See something not being done? Go do it yourself. The internet has (for better or for worse) democratized communication.
How did you first get involved with ReadysetDC?
I had graduated with degree in Journalism, I moved to DC. I was blogging on my own when I met Justin Young, the founder of ReadysetDC. My role has grown with each year, and in 2011 I assumed the role of Editor in Chief for the website.
ReadysetDC’s fifth Fashion District is this month. How did you develop the idea to host the first Fashion District?
In late 2009, I was fortunate to meet a lot of talented and inspiring people, business owners, residents, designers and artists. I wanted to come up with an event that would place all of these components and people together in one night, putting a positive spotlight on fashion in DC and disproving those stale accusations that DC has no style. (Die pantsuit, die!)
This year’s event will be better than ever. We’re excited to slow down the event, allowing for more attention to detail, more conversation and overall a better fashion experience. We’re taking over an enormous space in Georgetown. You’re going to be wowed, I guarantee it.
You can check out our latest Fashion District at: fashion.readysetdc.com.
What sets the Fashion District apart from other fashion events in the area such as DC Fashion Week?
Fashion District is specifically aimed at supporting and promoting the local design talent in our region. We select businesses and designers who are paving the way in DC for future fashion endeavors in the city. We focus a lot on emerging designers like Kelly Tang, or those who represent great entrepreneurship being done in this city, like Hugh & Crye. Our event isn’t simply an excuse to have a fashion show or to show off trends, its fashion on a mission done in an exciting way.
Do you think Washington, DC provides enough financial backing to its fashion industry?
I think that the fashion community in Washington is becoming more and more cohesive and supportive. With the help of the community and bloggers, more and more people know about local entrepreneurs and talent and how exactly to support them, whether that’s by visiting a storefront or by online commerce. However, while there’s been positive growth, we still need to go a long way. We don’t have much of the infrastructure needed to create a real fashion industry in DC, like New York’s garment district. You can’t stay in DC and continue to design if you don’t have the attention of the community and the purchases to back it up. I’d say awareness is the key to financial support. DC residents are smart. They want to know who they are buying from and from what I’ve seen, people in DC are genuinely excited to be able to support local businesses.
Be sure to purchase your tickets for ReadysetDC’s Fashion District which will take place on Thursday, April 12, 2012.