Being a professional hairstylist takes a lot of dedication, hard work and perseverance to come out on top. Even when you want to be known to people through your work and not by anything else. Especially catering to high profile clients, providing the best is what is asked at all times. There is no room for error.
While keeping all these constraints in mind, Aftab took up a profession of being a professional fashion stylist and luxury retail influencer. He’s had quite an impressive and exhaustive background in the world of fashion. Bangalore Insider had the unique opportunity to have a brief interview with Aftab. Read on to know how the conversation went and what he has to say about what he loves doing best.
Tell us about yourself, your previous jobs/ventures? What were you doing before choosing this field?
I am a professional fashion stylist and Luxury retail Influencer. I feel my approach towards the luxury is very different.
A stylist, influencer and regional manager with expertise in operations, CRM and planning at Emporio Armani ( Reliance Brands Ltd).
I have worked for few years with people industry internationally and in India for luxury retail industry, this has given me unparalleled insight into the world of performance excellence! Being stylist and luxury influencer, this has nurtured my core real time expertise in luxury industry.
How did you land up doing what you do now?
I am marketing student, started my career with marketing in retail. Soon I realised that I’m meant to be in fashion, as I love dressing up others and aim to bring in the best fashion in India. Reliance Brands Ltd was game changer for me when I first had the opportunity to work for one of their list of brands “Canali” in India.
What motivates you?
My biggest motivation is my family, they are the biggest source of inspiration and my support. Secondly what motivates me everyday is Learning new things and making others happy.
How do you plan to stay ahead of your competitors?
By knowing my clients well and by expanding my offer. Personally look after them and their requirement, all my clients are like family to me, building the good relationship is all that matter to stay ahead of my competition.
If not the current profession, what would you have been?
Coach, trainer or hairstylist. My passion was always towards teaching or styling people, I’ve always realised when getting an haircut that I could do well too. If not the stylist then surely a teacher or hairstylist.
Were your parents supportive of what you are doing? What impact have they had on your life?
They always understood my needs and supported every way possible. They always motivated me and feel proud of me. Me and my family have struggled and come a long way. Happy and Blessed 🙂
What are your plans for the next 2 years?
To reach out to maximum audiences where we assess everyones styling needs and aspirations, and create the perfect wardrobe. Learning new things and understand the best in fashion world.
What does a typical day off from work consist of for you?
I’m never free, on the go working, I hardly take off and when I have off I go teaching or training or do something for good cause. I am a person who can stand all day, hate being lazy.
Any regrets till now? If yes, will you like to share it with our readers?
No. I don’t believe in having regrets ever, I guess we all make mistakes and learn from it. That’s the way of life.
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