Liz Teich is a celebrated stylist, a style educator, a Brooklynite, and the owner of two of the cutest Tabby cats. We know, sounds impossible to be all of those things and more, right? Our thoughts exactly, but Liz Teich manages to do it all artfully and with ease. Her creative eye and dynamic style sense have guided her to a successful styling career spanning over a decade. We got a chance to talk with her and learn more about the woman behind TheBrooklynStylist.com.
WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR FAVORITE SET TO WORK ON? WHY?
Any set with a fun crew and creative freedom is a favorite of mine. I love when a client lets me have a say in what we are shooting, so the shoot becomes collaborative.
WHAT DOES #CREATEMOMENTS MEAN TO YOU?
I think a photograph should tell a story and for me, wardrobe is like a paintbrush to paint the scene. One garment can convey a mood and create a memorable image. Even in my own life, I can look back at photographs of myself and what I'm wearing tells the whole story behind it. I guess that's what I've taken it as far as styling photoshoots and creating a style blog.
WHAT ADVICE CAN YOU PROVIDE FOR FUTURE STYLISTS?
There are some people that just have an eye for style, but ultimately it's the people with the tenacity, positive energy, and kindness that are successful in this business. The best thing to do is to connect with as many people and be friendly, as well as humble to everyone. It's amazing how small the industry really is and one small shoot could lead to something bigger. Introduce yourself to everyone on set. I've seen photographers and even stylists who won't acknowledge assistants/interns but those could be the people that hire you or recommend you down the road.
WHAT WAS A PIVOTAL MOMENT FOR YOUR CAREER?
When I first made the leap from art direction to styling it was a turning point in my career. It was the scariest thing to quit the security of a full time job, but my background in fashion and even working on the other side of shoots prepared me well for it. It's been a lot of hard work to get where I am now, but taking that step was really a game changer. I think also signing with an agency (Agency Gerard in NYC and Anchor Artists in Boston) was another pivotal moment as far as my styling career, which made me feel like my hustling paid off.
What are some other things you enjoy when you aren’t shooting?
I have a fashion blog called TheBrooklynStylist.com, where I get to report on fashion / industry trends, as well as travel and lifestyle. It's allowed me to connect with brands I may not have had access to with just styling. It's been a fun way to both market myself and to keep on top of the latest in style.
That's still considered "work" ...so when I'm not doing that, I love to travel with my husband, take yoga and barre classes, as well as going out to eat, especially in my Brooklyn hood.
What is your favorite part about being on set?
There are a lot of things I love. The energy of a good set makes the day fly by and not feel like work. It's also amazing that every day is different, I'm not stuck in a cubicle in a corporate setting, I get to wear whatever I want to work, and especially that I get to work with amazing and often new people all of the time.
What is one thing your fans may not know about you?
I used to have a jewelry line that was worn by celebs like A$AP Rocky, Amber Tamblyn, Quest Love. I had to close the business a couple of years ago because I found myself not being able to fill large orders because I became too busy with styling and blogging. I had a tough time outsourcing the work, as it was handmade all by me. I'm currently working on a jewelry line with my sister (who's also a stylist!) based on my original designs and inspired by designs from my late mother who was a jeweler. I'm working with the same jewelry production as Pamela Love and David Yurman, so I'm excited about being able to create something beautiful and high quality without having to hand make each piece.