In my continuing blog series of seeing where some of my very talented fashion friends started in this wonderful industry, today’s profile is none other than the hilarious & talented, Robert Verdi. If you have had the pleasure to meet or work with Robert you know his eye is as sharp as his tongue. Genius combo. I hope you enjoy Robert’s story in his own words.
“I got my start in fashion “styling” my girlfriends for the high school prom. At that time I was gluing big silver bows to barrettes. You may think Madonna started that trend, but it was actually little ole me in Maplewood, New Jersey. At the same time I was working at Bloomingdale’s in the short hills mall where I also started hocking my accessories out of the stockroom to coworkers and customers alike. After high school, I went to FIT to study jewelry design. I was commuting and living at home…of course, I kept my job at Bloomingdale’s to make a few shekels. Working at Bloomingdales was great on so many levels. I started to learn more about designer clothes, retail operations and it fine tuned my never too shy personality allowing me to be comfortable talking to strangers. Later I worked for ABC Carpet and Home as a personal shopper and then in the pr department before finding my way into television and styling. Let’s just say life is an endless unfolding and a series of fortuitous events. You gotta start somewhere Aliza!” -RV