Andrew Skipper: Young, Passionate and Design Focused
At simply 29 years previous, Andrew Skipper’s profession expertise and information rivals these twice his age. Interior designer, vintage vendor, blogger, freelance author, and TV host are the record of positions he can credit score to his title. As I interviewed him not too long ago, I may instantly inform he had overwhelming ardour for the design and vintage industries and a transparent mission to make an imprint on folks’s lives.
“I would like to help as many people as I possibly can live as good a life as they possibly can. That’s my mission. I want to make people’s homes a warm and welcoming place for them, whether that’s a one bedroom apartment or 15,000 square foot mansion,” he says. “I know this my purpose – to help people live a better life!”
Skipper’s enthusiasm for design and aesthetics began at a really younger age. “As a small child, I would draw layouts of rooms and house plans before I even knew what that was. I would create my dream home.”
As he moved into adolescence, Skipper developed an curiosity in all issues vintage and have become a vendor at 14 years previous. He would spend his weekends attending auctions and property gross sales along with his dad and mom.“Nobody wanted to bid against me [at the auctions] because I was a young kid. However, as I got older, they realized I was their competition. I owned a small shop in my hometown of Elkhart, Indiana and sold my merchandise in several different antique malls.”
While most teenage boys had been serious about ladies and taking part in sports activities, Skipper had his future in thoughts. His drive and maturity as a younger man ready him for the success he enjoys in his profession in the present day. “I used the money I earned for my first car and then for college.”
Surprisingly, whereas attending school, Skipper determined to take distinctly completely different path, various drastically from design and antiques. “I earned degree in religion and philosophy and I thought I was going to be translating ancient texts. I studied Hebrew and Greek and was sure that was going to be my vocation for a long time. Then I realized, I didn’t want to do that for the rest of my life.”
Skipper returned to his a lot liked world of design. “After college, I got a job in visual merchandising. I was working for an interior design store with 30,000 square feet and I managed a team of people. It was an independently owned store where we built all the design displays from scratch.” From that have, Skipper seen that many individuals had been asking him to assist them design the interiors of their properties. “They loved my design aesthetic and wanted it replicated in their own homes. A business began to grow from word of mouth and I ended up with an array of different clients. It quickly became a full time job for me, which I currently still do today.”
As a brand new enterprise proprietor, Skipper had very restricted funds, however knew he wanted to advertise himself to draw a bigger clientele. He took a spread jobs that ultimately led him to greater and higher issues, similar to internet hosting a morning TV phase on Indiana’s WNDU TV about adorning on a finances and being a contract author for a regional print journal on way of life matters.
Through all his expertise and laborious work, he was capable of meet Toma Clark Haines, higher often known as The Antiques Diva. She runs Europe’s largest antiques touring firm, providing custom-made, non-public one-on-one antiques shopping for excursions in 11 international locations to each non-public people and to the antiques and design trades. “Toma followed me on Facebook and kept a close eye on how I promoted myself and my company. She reached out to me after we met each other in Chicago and asked if I wanted to come on board to work with her.” Skipper instantly accepted and this connection initiated the following large step in his profession. “Through working with Toma, I’ve had the opportunity to live part time in Berlin and travel all over the country and Europe. It all fell into place.”
Skipper’s relationship with Toma opened much more doorways when he was launched to Gail McLeod. She labored for The Antiques Diva® & Co as a U.Okay. Antique Diva Agent and Guide. McLeod can be one of many founders of Antiques Young Guns U.Okay., a corporation that promotes development, schooling and publicity to these within the antiques commerce, 39 years previous or youthful. McLeod inspired Skipper to attach with among the members whereas he was in Bath for a good.
“I met up with a group of young guns through Gail’s recommendation. I didn’t know anybody and the group welcomed me with open arms. They were fun while also professional. It was great to be with people my age that are in the same industry. We kept in touch through social media and every time I travel back to the U.K. we get together.” After Skipper advised McLeod of his expertise, she inspired him to hitch. He turned a member in May 2014.
Fast ahead to in the present day, Skipper fully helps Antiques Young Guns each within the states and overseas and credit this system for introducing him to lots of his business friends. “Networking with my fellow young guns in Europe has been really beneficial for me in the form of both professional contacts and friends. If you need something for a client or when you’re designing a room, you know where to go because every person has their own specialty. That’s especially important for me as an interior designer.” Through these relationships, Skipper has been capable of acquire distinctive items, which is probably not repeatedly seen within the U.S., for his shoppers.
“Exposure is another great benefit of the program. For young people, it’s hard to get publicity and Antiques Young Guns comes with a plethora of connections from seasoned dealers to international media, noted trade professionals to auction houses and expert appraisers,” he says.
With the lifetime of experiences Skipper has had in simply 29 years, what’s subsequent for this younger entrepreneur? “Working internationally this past year has been both personally and professionally life changing for me. It has opened my eyes to a whole new world. I want to continue to build my brand and my message here in the U.S. as well as overseas.”
For extra info on Andrew Skipper and his upcoming initiatives, go to his web site at www.andrewskipper.com.
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