NM: When did you fall in love with fashion/retail?
AH: I fell in love with Fashion at a very early age in life, probably when I was in middle school. From there I began to read magazines and focus in on the trends. I knew I wanted to work in the luxury goods industry when I was working at Booz & Co., and I was staffed on a project at a oil company.
NM:What college did you attend? What was your major?
AH: I attended the University of Pennsylvania, and majored in economics.
NM: How many internships did you have in college? Where?
AH: I interned with you Silly! No, I interned at Money magazine the summer of my junior year. I interned at Essence magazine the summer of senior year.
NM: How did you land a job with Tiffany & Co.?
AH: I applied on-line and got it!
NM: Tell us about your very first day there?
AH: My first day was very mundane, so I really don’t remember my first day much.
NM: What is a typical day like for you?
AH: A typical day consists of dealing with Strategic and Operational work. For instance, I have to handle price inquires that the markets may have regarding the merchandise. For the most part, I execute and manage the pricing. Second, I work on strategic projects, such as new channels we should operate in, for example E-commerce, airport terminals, et cetera.
NM: What does your office and desk look like?
AH: My office is basic. Definitely nothing to write home to Mom about. My desk is a cubicle, how sexy right?
NM: What do you love most about your job?
AH: I love that fact that I am exposed to various parts of the retail business. I enjoy learning about marketing, finance, merchandising, and a little bit of everything The role I have is dynamic and has a lot to offers a lot of exposure to other areas of the business.
AH: I wear business casual clothes. Since I am more finance related, I don’t really get dressed to the nines for work.
NM: What is the craziest experience you’ve had at work?
AH: Oh gosh, that will go untold. But lets just say there are tons of personalities at this place.
NM: What has been an obstacle that you faced in your career? How did you tackle it?
AH: Understanding politics and understanding how people interact. It is very important to understand the environment of a company and how you fit it, to be successful.
AH: I would be work in Corporate America in some facet, maybe at a media company.
NM: What is your number one piece of advice for someone who wants to have your job one day?
AH: I would say you have to love two facets of your job: the industry you work in and the work that you do. I think it is very easy to get wrapped up in the Hype behind “Luxury goods” that we loose sight that the luxury goods industry is just like any other… it’s a business.