My man's interview on Refinery29. How awesome is this!!
Andrew Vieira, senior product developer-line builder, men's footwear
What does your typical work day look like?
"My responsibility is men's product development. And our day to day role, myself and the team, is basically research and development. We want to know more about our customer. We want to know more about what's going on in the world and what affects our customer."
Where do you find inspiration?
"I've been doing this job for just over 10 years, and 10 years ago, it was just one way. It was very systematical. But a great thing about our customer — and I think the consumer in general today— is sources of inspiration come from everywhere. The web being a big part of our life, we see it in our customer. Today it can be pop culture, it can be musicians that are influencing our customer. It can be current events going on in the world. It could be peace and war. Just because events today can reach everyone so quickly, we feel our customer evolves so much faster today than ever before."
What do you think is the most unique part of this work environment?
"From the colors on the walls to the way it's laid out, I think it's the atmosphere. It's the people in the group that make a difference. I've always said, in the time I've spent working here, it's incredible how you get the chance to meet so many different people. One is more inspirational than the next. They make your experience that much better."
What are your favorite Aldo office traditions?
"We have a few of them. Being the men's team...you know, boys will be boys. We are a pretty tight team. The men's team consists of about 10 individuals between product and buying. In a building where we are the minority, we tend to stick together a lot. The boys always eat lunch with the boys. I don't know if you could say macho-ism or manliness, but there's that reuniting of the boys.
[Also] we are a product-driven team. We receive samples every hour of the day. It's a really fun experience. We have rules where you wouldn't open a box of samples until everyone's around, so we can all partake in the excitement. There's a rule. You will be banned if you open a box on your own. That's why I say 'boys will be boys.' They seem like rules that only guys would have amongst themselves."
How would you describe your own personal style?
"I'd refer to my own individual style as something classic. Something that can survive through long-going trends. I find myself more inspired by the things that are kind of staple classics in fashion, rather than one-offs."