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Discovering a Rewarding Career in Menswear
Initially, Sam C. Perry thought he wanted to pursue a degree in Banking and Office Management. That all changed when Mr. Perry, who graduated in 2008, took Berkeley College’s Introduction to Fashion course and realized that his personal love for fashion could lead toward a successful career. “I knew in that moment this is where I belonged,” Mr. Perry said.
After switching his major to Fashion Marketing and Management, Mr. Perry gained knowledge from instructors who had real-world experience in the fashion industry. Then, during Berkeley’s Career Day, he landed his first job in the fashion industry at e-commerce retailer eFashion Solutions. He went on to various roles at Macy’s before landing at DrJays.com in 2012, where he currently determines which menswear brands and styles appear on its e-commerce site.
In addition to e-commerce, Mr. Perry applied his 10 years of fashion experience to producing editorial content for numerous fashion blogs before creating his own website, SamCPerry.com. Mr. Perry uses his editorial voice to show men ways they can “live in style” through art, fashion, culture, and spirituality. “The most important skill I received from my instructors (at Berkeley) was to trust my creativity,” Mr. Perry said. “I recall having a class where we had to create our own product – from design to production. I created a reversible handbag. This was early 2011, and today reversible handbags are everywhere.”