Always in Fashion
Ever since she can remember, Rachel Schostak has been into fashion. As the family story goes, Rachel started her career in fashion as a toddler. “I was always fascinated with clothes, picking out my own outfits – sometimes five a day! As a young girl, I was forever reading fashion magazines, constantly playing with my personal style, changing looks, layering pieces, even cutting my own hair.”
Rachel grew up in Farmington Hills, Michigan. Focused on the arts, she attended the University of Michigan in her freshman year. “At heart, I knew that I wanted to be in New York studying fashion, but was open to giving the University of Michigan a try.” At age 19, she applied to the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), made the transfer and moved to New York. “Living in New York on my own was a challenge. I had to work to support myself, took out student loans. Looking back, to be in that fast-paced industry, getting the education and life experience has been invaluable.”
Rachel has worked in fashion retail for companies large and small; one of her first experiences in the industry was an internship at Cosmopolitan Magazine. She has worked for menswear/womenswear and childrenswear companies and in marketing, always with an eye to opening her own business. Today, Rachel is the creator and proprietor of a unique retail space online called Styleshack. Capitalizing on Detroit pride and the city’s growing “shop local” movement, Styleshack is an e-commerce platform that aggregates more than 150 independent boutiques, specialty stores and designers and connects them with subscribers according to their individual style preferences.
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