Friday, April 3, 2015

Michael Miller Fabrics& Robin Mandelbaum!

Behind the scenes with Robin!
*with Don
Brief intro to who you are / what you do for Michael Miller 
I’m in sales in the MFG division – I work with small local designers as well as manufacturers/designers who sell to the majors and everyone in between.  I have no shame, will work with anyone with style.

What’s your favorite piece of work that you have created, your favorite project or your favorite part of the work day?
I love the excitement of finally meeting someone I have worked with for months, sometimes years, via email and/or phone.  Sometimes I cry, and I always hug.  Also love seeing our prints on our customer’s websites and even better when it’s on the street… I’ve stopped people to introduce myself and tell them how great they look.  I also love working with a designer, sometimes starting out with small orders, and watching their business grow…all of a sudden they are ordering hundreds or thousands of yards at a time.

What are you working on at the moment? 
Recovering from back to back trade shows, my other favorite thing to do.  Tons of follow up!

*At a tradeshow wearing Gothic Skulls

What are your goals for the future, both work wise and life? 
I want to work with every designer that ever participated on Project Runway.  In life?  I want to do a headstand on my own.

What are you doing when you’re not creating or at work? What hobbies do you have? 
I can’t get enough of our new neighborhood.  We left Manhattan 3 years ago to move overseas (to Brooklyn) and we’re still riding around on our bikes, discovering new places to hear music and have a great meal.  Love yoga and running (really speed walking) around the track.

What would people be surprised to learn about you? 
I’m shy

Do you have any favorite blogs/magazines you read? 
Obsessed with Honestly WTF, Refinery29, and nothing beats a great fashion mag like Elle, Vogue, and In Style where I can rip out pages I like.

What else should we know about you and your work? 
I am really dedicated to my peeps – nothing is too much to ask and I will move mountains for my customers, especially those who ask politely and say thank you.

Do you have any tips or inspiring words for others? 
It’s OK to not know the answer to everything.  Learning is fun.

Do you admire any artists / photographers / people?
Annie Leibovitz, Robert Mapplethorpe, Paul Strand, Jim Marshall, and anyone who photographed The Stones and The Beatles

What is your favorite…
Color: black
Animal:  leopard
Season: summer
Movie:  Love Story
Vacation spot:  the beach, preferably in the Mediterranean.  Or Coney Island.
*vacationing with mom
Food:  candy candy candy
Where else can we find you?
Facebook, Instagram
*With my niece, Jamie
Thanks, Robin!! 
Happy sewing and have a great weekend everyone!
Happy Passover & Happy Easter!


Mark said...


shawn said...

"I want to do a headstand on my own" to "I’ve stopped people to introduce myself and tell them how great they look...." and then admitting you are shy... is ADORABLE!!!! You're so fun and I thank you for sharing your story with all of us.