Brooke Hubbard has been a part of Fashion First for ten years and the team here feels lucky to work with and be inspired by her on a daily basis. She is the founder of MBMedia, a Social Media and Digital Media business providing strategy and support for businesses and individuals. In 2016, Brooke Hubbard was recognized by 425 Business Magazine as one of the 30 Under 30 Entrepreneurs to watch. She previously taught at the Art Institute of Seattle in the Fashion Marketing and Advertising departments. Brooke is the proud owner of two cats, enjoys rowing at Green Lake and loves throwing really fun parties.
What does the future female look like to you?
I like to hope she is positive. She is someone who is supportive of everyone, not only other women, but of all the people in her life. She is confident in her abilities and her value. She stands tall and feels strong and beautiful in her personal style. She is someone who looks at an issue and finds ways to solve it, undaunted by the enormity of the task at hand. She is fun, social, and driven.
What is the future of fashion?
In a similar way, I hope the future of fashion is about self expression and self value. I hope for a future that includes trends that are inclusive instead of exclusive. Fashion is an art and to appreciate art we need to be open minded and non judgmental. Fashion is beauty. We need something that recognizes the inner beauty of all the women and men it dresses.
Which designers are you into right now?
I’m somewhat in between designers at the moment. Not quite ready to dive into fall and not quite ready to give up on summer. I’m hoping to update my wardrobe over the next few seasons with looks that better represent where my business is going. Right now, I have a lot of clothes that are great for a corporate environment, but it is time to break free from some of those limitations.
Please describe your style. What does it say about you?
I love dressing up but don’t actually do it very often since I work from home most days. On any given day you might find me in yoga gear since I usually go to yoga or out rowing on Green Lake at least 4 – 5 times a week. Still, when I get to dress up, I love wearing dresses with colors and prints. I’m not too into the dark greys and blacks that are more traditional, but have to admit that they are easy when I’m short on time or can’t decide what to wear. If I had to call it something, I think I’d like to call my style some combination of fun, lady-like, and professional.
Why are you involved Fashion First?
I started as an intern with Fashion First almost 10 years ago. Since then, I have tried to be involved almost every year in some way. I love that Fashion First provides a platform for local retailers and designers to show off the incredible talent and businesses they have developed while also raising money for local causes and local kids. All the time and effort is more than worth it when you see those paddles raised during the ask portion of the auction. It is an incredible sight knowing you played a small role in helping raise thousands of dollars for children who need and deserve it.
What advice would you give your 20 year-old self?
Be open to possibilities. The world changes fast and the best way to find success and happiness is to embrace change as a new adventure and opportunity.
What has been the best part of being the boss?
The fact that I get to set my schedule. Having a flexible schedule means I am able to take on smaller projects whenever I want to. I also am able to help out with volunteering at organizations that need daytime volunteers. The other part that I love is the ability to work on a variety of projects with many different teams. I love meeting new people and learning about new businesses and then watching them grow as I help them set up and execute their social and digital marketing strategy.
Who inspires you?
So many people, but definitely my mom. She showed me from a young age how working hard for what you want is the only way to get it. She is an incredibly strong, creative, and dedicated person. And she never gives up. Even today, since leaving Nordstrom, she has decided to take on a new adventure and start her own luxury linen business, Bedlove. She spent 3 years researching and discovering what makes the best linen and has designed and manufactured incredible bedding that is wonderful to sleep on and stunning to look at. She did it all on her own, while working a second job. The site launched last month and I have been assisting with her social media. It is one of my favorite projects to work on.
To learn more about the amazing Brooke Hubbard and the exceptional work she has done, please visit her website at: www.maggiebrookes.com
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