saks 5th

(1/3) “I used to work at a bank in Cameroon. I designed clothing as a hobby, but I never really saw it as a possible profession. There really is no such thing as a ‘fashion designer’ in Cameroon. If you make clothes, you are known as a ‘seamstress.’ When I arrived in America, I realized that it was possible to pursue a career in fashion. At first I tried to become as Western as possible. I tried to change my accent. I wore extensions and straightened my hair. I started wearing high-end name brands. But when I finally went back to Cameroon for a visit, I was able to see my country with new eyes. I’d always viewed the culture as local and primitive because it was all I’d ever known. But having gotten some distance, I could appreciate its beauty. As soon as I got back to America, I cut my hair and sewed myself a traditional dress. I wore the dress to my job at Saks 5th Avenue, and a customer asked me where she could find it in the store. That gave me so much confidence.”

STORES FOR THE SIGNS
  • Aries: PacSun
  • Taurus: Fossil
  • Gemini: American Apparel
  • Cancer: H&M
  • Leo: Saks 5th Avenue
  • Virgo: Cotton On
  • Libra: Brandy Melville
  • Scorpio: Zara
  • Sagittarius: Spencer's
  • Capricorn: Bloomingdales
  • Aquarius: Urban Outfitters
  • Pisces: Sephora
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P1730075 by archaeologist_d
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Outlander costumes, Saks 5th Avenue display, 2016