|Photos: Noah Emrich of NOVH fame|
Fast forward two years to February 2011, and I was sitting in the dining room of the Tribeca Grand Hotel for Sonny Vandevelde's seasonal backstage photography exhibition when Tyler walked past. I tapped him on the shoulder, introduced myself and told him that he should hire me for the just-launched Gilt MANual. He replied, "Oh yeah? What do you think we could be doing better?" and I froze, then fumbled around for some words before choking entirely. I walked away from that first meeting vowing to never again mess up another fortuitous opportunity.
Later that night, I sent him an email outlining exactly what I thought they could be doing better, and why they should hire me, and I received an email back almost immediately saying, 'Good ideas, let's talk again soon.'
After literally months and months of emails, I managed to pin Josh down for a meeting in Paris, and then again in New York, and a few days after the run-in with Tyler, at Sugar on the corner of Allen and Houston, he told me they'd send some work my way.
My first piece for Gilt MANual was a story about The Perfect White Tee, which ran on May 19 2011, then came the phone call I'd been waiting for for years – Tyler called me up and told me that if I came to New York, they'd trial me out as editorial assistant for Gilt MANual. I was jubilant for two days, then devastated when Tyler emailed me to say that the NZ/USA VISA issues were too difficult to deal with.
I kept pitching stories to the MANual and receiving the occasional email back, then a couple of weeks later, Tyler emailed me with a new proposal, asking if I'd be interested in taking on a mammoth contract writing 1500 of Gilt's new menswear site's clothing descriptions. I said yes and the site ended up being Park & Bond. A week after that, he emailed again asking if I'd be interested in interviewing the top menswear editors, stylists and personalities for the MANual at the Milan and Paris Menswear Collections. I said yes once again.
The first was an arduous task that had me writing snappy editorial style descriptions for eight hours a day for eight or so weeks, and it eventually enabled me to live in New York without having to worry about working for my first three or four months.
The second was quick, easy, great fun, and gave me the perfect excuse to network with the top editors, stylists and personalities in the menswear game. It was through that gig that I first got to know Bruce Pask, the team at GQ, Matthew Schneier, Eugene Tong, Nick Wooster and so many others who have been instrumental in my attempts to nut out a career as a writer here in New York.
About six weeks ago, Tyler emailed me again saying we were due a catch-up. We sat down for coffee at Pret a Manger on Lexington and he told me he was interested in doing a series of how-to-wear stories based around me dressing Tom Bull (who Gilt and Park & Bond have used extensively over the past six months).
Yesterday, the first installment of The Tom & Isaac Show dropped on Park & Bond, titled That's A Wrap (it's about summer scarves and how to wear them).
READ IT HERE!
Special thanks to Tyler and the team at Park & Bond for giving us this opportunity – here's to many more to come. Special thanks to Tom for being awesome, and Noah for taking such great photos. Besides making me ludicrously happy, it proves, yet again, that perseverance is key. Talent will only take you so far – drive and ambition will seal the deal every single time. Also: You can never email somebody too many times. Right?
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