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Stacey Cooper

Stacey Cooper

ESARSI

CO-FOUNDER CO-OWNER DESIGNER

Personal Information

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School: University of Colorado at Boulder

Major: Business

Years at College Works: 2006

Career Information

Company You Work For Now: ESARSI

Title: CO-FOUNDER CO-OWNER DESIGNER

Industry: Fashion

Brief Description of Duties / Responsibilities

The first two years I spent building the brand and relationships. I now work with one of the top manufacturers in the high-fashion shoe industry and have a sales representative in NYC. Our shoes are being sold at Fred Segal and Gregory's shoes - both very reputable for picking up the new hottest brands in the industry. This leaves me more time now to focus on design and product development in Milan, Italy.

What Has Been Your Proudest Accomplishment Post-CWP?

Getting my shoes into Fred Segal.

CWP Career Impact

In one sentence, what has CWP meant to you?

Work ethic

How did your CWP experience impact your career? Immediately after graduation? Now?

How to balance the different areas of business.

What was the greatest lesson you learned from your CWP experience?

Delegation is key to entrepreneurship. You can't do everything by yourself if you want to expand.

Advice

What advice do you have for potential CWP participants? Current CWP participants?

Potential: If you've ever considered being an entrepreneur, CWP is a great test. Current: Expect extreme highs and lows being an entrepreneur; hang in there, the highs are worth the lows.

What's your best advice for someone interested in entering your career field?

Number one is a tough soul as the fashion industry can be brutal. Then either fashion education and experience or persistence and monetary investment. Either way networking is crucial.

What's your favorite memory from CWP?

Rockies baseball game

Last words of wisdom

Persistence equals success.

Stacey Cooper