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PV graduate pursues fashion career at FIT

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Jeff Jasper, a Pascack Valley history teacher and girls basketball coach, recalls PV alumnus Natalie Bade as being “outside of the mainstream in what she does.” Bade said that Jasper had taught her work ethic and how to take constructive criticism in the three years that she played on the basketball team.

“The road goes right this way, and she has no problem veering off and exploring, being adventurous, independent, and self-confident, and I so respect that about her,” Jasper said.

Bade graduated from PV in 2016 and played lacrosse at Montclair State University for a year until she realized that she wanted to pursue a career in fashion. Bade transferred to the Fashion Institute of Technology and said that she “put every ounce of her being into the application.” She has received her associate degree in Fashion Business and is currently working towards a bachelor’s degree in Advertising Marketing Communications.

“Being an athlete at a conventional state school, it felt as though I was removed from fashion,” Bade said, “which just made my love for fashion the most apparent that it ever was.”

Bade said that the transition to FIT was easy because New York “always felt like home.” She also started a blog where she channeled all of her “pent-up creativity.” As of now, she has completed a year and a half at FIT.

“Being in a community of people where you’re all on the same page is so influential to the styling decisions you make,” Bade said.

Bade is a community leader and account manager for Depop, a consumer to consumer marketplace app, and a freelance stylist. In the past, she worked at the Louis Vuitton expedition, a public relations firm, as a stylist assistant, and creative consulting.

Bade originally went to an IRL Depop event in February in Brooklyn and met a lot of people who worked in the office. After this experience, she began to sell items, and a few months later, someone asked her to become a leader out of the five total in New York.

“I’ve always been into thrifting. I thrift 100 percent of what I wear,” Bade said. “My sister and I used to bond over thrifting and evolving our super unique styles. We never really stopped thrifting.”

Her sister, Morgan Bade, who graduated PV in 2015, said that they both starting thrifting when they were 15 because they wanted to “get a grunge style” that stores did not offer.

“My sister and I have always bonded over style and creative ways to express ourselves,” she said. 

Bade said that if an item does not fit into her wardrobe, she can always sell the clothes or use them for styling purposes, such as textiles to repurpose an item.

“Ever since I started selling [on Depop], it has influenced my style immensely,” Bade said. “Now, since I buy and sell, nothing is off limits when it comes to anything that I find.”

As of now, she has been selling on Depop for a year. 


“With my position at Depop, a lot of what I do is meeting with celebrities and influencers and talking to them about Depop,” Bade said. “Along with managing the accounts, I also bring people into the office and talk to them about the app and have them start listing, so I do meet those kind of people often.”

Bade said that New York City, social media, attending fashion events has influenced her styling decisions.

“Fashion helped me come into my own growing up,” Bade said. “I was so shy and had trouble conveying myself so I simply let my outfits do the talking. Looking back, I find it so funny because it does not seem like I was doing anything groundbreaking, but in the environment of high school, I suppose I was making an extra effort to stand out. I did get best dressed so I guess I did something right.”

She calls herself a “serial thrifter” with a “live fast die young” mentality because she is always inspired by specific pieces that she buys from thrifting. Once the pieces styled and shot, they are always sold immediately.

“Something I’ve learned whilst trying to find my space in the ‘fashion industry’ is that I don’t believe my love resides in fashion but rather with style and the confidence that is associated with one’s personal style,” Bade said. “Opposed to fashion and brands, style cannot be manufactured. It’s unique and creative. Style is where it all began for me and fashion came secondary.”

Bade is looking to pursue editorial styling in the future rather than being a personal stylist because she believes that it offers more creative freedom.

“I know I’m on the right track but I’m not entirely sure where the track is leading which is totally fine,” Bade said. “I know I’m going to end up where I’m meant to be. A year ago, I had no idea what I’d be doing today and that’s so cool — we don’t always need to know all the answers. In the future I just hope to be happy and surrounded by good people — honest connections and happiness is the only thing that matters. Work hard, and to any juniors that may be reading this, do an internship your senior year of high school if you have the opportunity.”

 

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