GUEST SKIMM: It’s CFDA Fashion Awards time
Skimm’d by Zac Posen, Designer & CFDA Member
WHY IS THE CFDA IMPORTANT The CFDA is a non-profit organization that helps raise funds for industry activities, philanthropy, and helps promote and nurture American fashion designers.
HILLARY CLINTON WILL BE THERE TONIGHT. IT’S A BIG DEAL. You can see it all on style.com tomorrow. The industry can get very serious. The Awards are the perfect platform for the industry to laugh at itself and also celebrate.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE CFDA AWARDS MEMORY? My first CFDA Awards when I was a nominee [and] Helmut Swarovski passed me a crystal heart under the table.
As you start your business, you will find that many people you end up needing to work with operate on something called “billable hours.” Pre-Skimm life we never worked in jobs where this was something we had to deal with. In fact, Skimm A may have freaked out a job interview because she didn’t understand how one bills for “I’m eating lunch and playing on Gilt.”
Billable hours are a necessary evil we’ve learned. Lawyers use them. Accountants. Consultants. Designers. Therapists. The concept seems simple enough—pay as you go for the time you are taking.
Turns out that concept is not so simple, as we have received bills for talking to people about how much we might need to talk. We have received bills for emailing a very quick question and being charged for a very pricey hour. We have received bills for the time it took to take someone to lunch that we paid for.
New Entrepreneur Lesson of the Day: ALWAYS ask if and when you are being charged.