Apparel Design Alumna Shines On at Shinesty
In her senior year of college, Anna Peshock (B.S. ’15, Apparel Design) took an internship at a small start-up called Shinesty.
Three years later and not only is Peshock a senior technical designer, but celebs like Stephen Colbert are wearing Shinesty’s out of the box designs. This Thursday, Shinesty and Peshock will be in the spotlight as MTV2 premieres a six episode “docu-comedy” about the employees at one of the coolest companies around.
How did you start working at Shinesty and how long have you been there?
“I actually started as an intern for them my senior year of college. One of my friends was in an accelerator with the CEO Chris White and asked if I would be interested in meeting with him and his co-founder, Jens Nicolaysen, to talk about the ins and outs of making a garment. At this point they were running everything out of a basement and only sold vintage clothing they sourced from all over the country. After I met with them I asked if they needed an intern and I’ve been here ever since!”
What’s the coolest part of your job?
“Every day I get to do something different and there is no limit to how creative I can be. I get to design women’s wear, men’s wear, formal wear, activewear, outerwear, swimwear, and design it in a way that no one has done before, or that other companies are too scared to try. Every season we have new and more ridiculous products and I love the challenge and excitement that creates.
We also have a really great culture where everyone is involved in the design process, anyone can come up with an idea for a product and if they are really passionate about it there’s a good chance we will actually produce it! I feel like it is really rare for every department of a company to have an influence on a product’s design, but that’s what keeps our ideas fresh and innovative.”
What inspiration do you draw on to design for Shinesty?
“Our brand is about not taking life too seriously and being the most ridiculous version of yourself. Our clothing allows people to be completely expressive and bring hilarity to every situation. In my role as technical designer, I focus on fit, fabric, and functionality. Our products may be created for theme parties, silly events, etc. but they should fit great and every detail is carefully thought about. We strive to take everything to the next level with all aspects of design, we really take the time to think and make sure our product is unique and worth putting out to our customers.”
What was the shooting process like for the MTV documentary?
“It’s not The Bachelor (thank goodness). I was actually really surprised at how fun the experience was. The crew really wanted to get to know us and make a show that was about us and the unique way we do business. It was six weeks of doing what we normally do but with cameras following us everywhere.”
What’s your favorite piece of Shinesty clothing?
“It’s really hard to pick a favorite since we are always thinking of new and crazy products, but I think I am most excited for our upcoming Christmas and winter line for women since our women’s line is relatively small at the moment. We are also doing some awesome retro inspired women’s ski pants that I am dying to get for myself, in every color.”
What advice do you have for recent grads?
“Make sure you love where you work and love who you work with. If you can laugh and cry with your coworkers you’re in the right job. You spend most of your week at work, so you should be happy to get up to go there every day.”
All images courtesy of Shinesty.