YPN5Q is a weekly Q&A series spotlighting the state’s top young business and civic leaders and creative minds — professionals propelling change through entrepreneurship, the arts, public service, social media, and community involvement. This week, we hear from METRO mag’s senior fashion editor, Mary O’Regan, an expert on all things fashion and weddings in Minnesota and beyond.
Name: Mary O’Regan
Current job title: Senior Fashion Editor
Current employer: Tiger Oak Publications (specifically METRO, Minnesota Bride, Wisconsin Bride and Arizona Bride magazines)
1. How did you become a fashion editor?
I majored in communication studies at Hamline University, which pointed me down a pretty vague career path. It wasn’t until taking a couple graduate courses in creative nonfiction and literary journalism at the University of Minnesota that I discovered my passion for writing.
During college and my early 20s, I completed six internships in an attempt to figure out what I wanted to do; the most useful ended up being a stint at City Pages where I wrote a cover story about runway modeling. That helped me decide to focus on fashion and other lifestyle topics.
From there, my City Pages supervisor hooked me up with Minnesota Premier Publications where I worked as a staff writer for the Southwest Journal and Downtown Journal. After a year there, another former City Pages colleague let me know about a fashion editor opening at METRO, where he had started working. It turned out part of the job also involved being the editor-in-chief of three regional wedding magazines, including Minnesota Bride. Which brings us to today.
2. What are the biggest challenges you face at your current job?
I multitask like it’s going out of style. Juggling four magazines, managing a web editor, writers and interns, and trying to keep everything fresh and interesting can be a handful. But I thrive on a little chaos.
I also hate having to say no to people who don’t deserve it. But we only have so many pages in the magazine and so much time in one day — it’s impossible to feature all the great businesses and services that pitch to us every day. I’m always bummed to turn someone down.
3. Who are three of your favorite high-end fashion designers? Your favorite local designers?
Oh man, that’s a hard question. Do I really have to pick just three? Yikes.
I guess my three favorite American fashion designers would have to be Marc Jacobs, Proenza Schouler and Tory Burch. Locally, I’m partial to George Moskal, Max Lohrbach and Emma Berg… and that was hard to write because I can think of so many others who ought to be included.
4. How many pairs of shoes do you own, and where are the best places they’ve traveled or been worn?
I have around 30 pairs of shoes, which is probably an average amount for a style-minded lady. I’m very picky about shoes and only buy them if I love them.
My shoes have traveled some pretty great places. I wore a pair of Diesel sneakers all around Europe, to 10 different countries. My Dolce Vita clogs got me through Fashion Week in Manhattan, and my no-name flip flops took me along beaches in Mexico.
5. What websites or blogs are you addicted to?
Why, this looks like the perfect opportunity to plug my own blog! If you’re at all interested in fashion, beauty or photography, check out my off-hours passion at Art of Wore.
As far as other blogs go, I love Jak & Jil, Fashion Toast, Oracle Fox, the Glamourai and Frou Frouu. Locally, I’m a big fan of High Plains Thrifter, LOL/OMG, The Minneapoline, Beauty Bets and Le Petit Connaisseur de la Mode.
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