January 20, 2021

Tibi’s Amy Smilovic On the Career Advice She’d Give Her Younger Self & Equality In The Workplace

Each day in June, FN is highlighting female forces in the industry as part of our Women in Power series.
It’s hard to believe the Amy Smilovic launched her women’s contemporary brand Tibi 20 years ago. But in that time, what began as a tight collection of practical, problem-solving dresses has grown to include a full-scale offering of everything from a wide assortment of shoes to handbags, knits, soft-tailoring and outerwear. In the process, Smilovic has become a quintessentially New York go-to for women seeking the kind of cool separates that toe the line between airy elegance and alluring insouciance. Her footwear, too, is resolutely versatile, with her latest collection for fall ’17 highlighting the low-heeled, high-vamp pump (done in a rather shocking pink crushed velvet or stark white) and stretch satin boots that ticked the modern woman’s checklist for slightly subversive shoes that are still walkable.
Footwear News checked in with Smilovic to get her thoughts on Tibi’s tipping point, what hindsight has taught her and women’s issues in the workplace.
What was the biggest breakthrough moment in your career?
“The moment that I felt a visceral breakthrough was when I designed these silk bias skirts using what I referred to as “tacky” prints.

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