Meet Pauline Kim. She styles. She jet sets between PDX and NYC. She has a wardrobe we all want.
E+E: How long have you been styling and how did you get into the business?Pauline Kim: I fell into the business almost 10 years ago, right after college when I moved to NYC. An amazing opportunity to manage a photo studio sort of landed in my lap, and with a lot of hard work and dedication, I was able to learn all the ropes of putting a photoshoot together from start to finish. Within six months, I made enough connections to leave my job at the studio and pursue a career in full-time freelance styling.
E+E: You are based in Portland + New York. Do you split the time evenly? Where are you originally from?PK: I'm originally from Portland (born + raised!)—I relocated back last summer and since then, my time between PDX and NYC has been about 60/40. I feel so fortunate to be able to go back to NYC so often; part of my heart still lives there! In this business things can change so quickly so you learn to really appreciate every job you land and whatever location it takes you! I've just extended my services to Seattle so I'll be paying more visits to our lovely neighbor as well.
E+E: What's the biggest difference you see between Portland clients and New York clients?PK: The most noticeable thing hands down is that Portland clients are far more calm, relaxed and slower-paced than NYC clients. Go figure, right?
E+E: You are going to New York this week. What job draws you there this time?PK: I was actually there for a fantastic local Portland client, Hanna Andersson!
E+E: Any great celebrity/client/hilarious/tragic/disastrous/bizarre stories from your time styling?PK: I've been on more crazy shoots than I can count when I first started out in the photo-fashion industry! I rarely work with celebrities, but I used to do some work on Full Frontal Fashion which was a television program that provided insider coverage of New York Fashion Week where on-site interviews were done with big house designers, magazine editors and celebrities as well as intimate interviews conducted in-studio. When Andre Leon, Vogue's editor-at-large dropped in, we dished it out like school girls and I got an ear full of amazing celebrity gossip! Sorry, I'll never tell—these lips are sealed!
E+E: Who have you worked with in Portland?PK: Thus far, I've had the pleasure of working with these stellar companies: Pendleton, Sorel, Hanna Andersson, Nike, Adidas, Trimera Group, Cinco Design, Dehen 1920, Empire Green Creative and Kamp Grizzly.
E+E: Lastly, what is your favorite thing about Portland?PK: Oh gosh, I love it so much! I would say the beautiful views, friendliness and the food scene are the first things that come to mind. It took me leaving Portland to realize what a gem of a city this place is!
Image courtesy: Dane Holweger, Jake Stangel, Chaunte Vaughn