A Saturday for Serendipity
written by Alexandra Barron; member of the EPC Team
Serendipity is defined as “the gift of finding valuable or agreeable things not looked for,” like finding $20 in your pocket or when you really need to put your hair up and you find a hair tie on your wrist. For me, one of my most serendipitous moments was meeting Ella Pritsker.
It was New Year’s Day this year, and I was venting to my friend Meredith about how I really wanted something different. I had been working in retail for the past four years, having worked my way up from being a model at Abercrombie and Fitch to being a salesperson at a popular luxury retailer. Despite my successes in retail, I was craving a way to express myself creatively.
Not long after our conversation Meredith sent me a text saying that her boss; a fashion designer, needed help with some administrative work at her studio and would I be interested in coming in for an interview? I of course said yes, and excitedly prepared to meet with the illustrious Ella Pritsker. What was she going to be like? Was she going to like me? More importantly, was she going to like my outfit?
I took a deep breath before knocking on the studio door and was greeted by a tiny but impeccably dressed woman. “Hello!” she said warmly. “You must be Alexandra.” We sat on her chaise lounge for a bit and chatted, and she graciously complimented my blouse (yay!). At the end of our conversation, she offered me the job! I began working for her once a week, organizing clientele information and creating newsletters.
Over time, our bond grew and I am now her personal assistant and social media coordinator Monday through Friday. Working for Ella has taught me many things about responsibility, owning a business, and of course fashion! I am so fortunate to have met her, and that is my story of serendipity.