What Young People Should Know Today, According to Jenna Lyons

Elyssa Goodman

Recently, J.Crew President and Creative Director Jenna Lyons sat down with Glamour Editor-in-Chief Cindi Leive to share what she's learned from her 25-year career in the fashion industry. Jenna is one of the most powerful women in fashion today, though she started at a lowly desk job in a hallway at the company. How did she get there? Below are a few of Jenna's best quotes from the interview, which you can read in full here:

"The thing I think is most important for young people to know is that today there's this idea of having everything quickly, that you're going to walk in the door, be a designer, and not have to do any of the grunt work. It's just not realistic. The things you don't learn in school are the skills you probably need more: what it's like to work with other people, how you build a team and collaborate."?

"If you look at business ... the mistakes often end up being the best things that could have happened. The only sad part about down business is if you don't learn from it, you know? Get in there and be humble."

"The person who makes herself indispensable, that's the person you want to promote. But when someone comes in and starts asking — it's such a disease. Demanding, 'I've done all this and I want X,' doesn't work for me so much. [Instead] ask questions: 'I'm ready to take it to the next step. What is it that I can do better?'" ??

Scroll down to see some of Jenna's amazing ensembles from her life in fashion!

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