For this installment of “Meet the Press” we’re excited to introduce Abby Schreiber, the editorial assistant at Paper Magazine and papermag.com. We love Abby’s viewpoints on fashion, culture and music so we were thrilled to chat with her! Get to know Abby in our interview below.
photo credit: Atisha Paulson
Please describe your day job
I’m the Editorial Assistant at Paper Magazine and PAPERMAG.com, which means I’m writing stories all day for the web and, from time to time, for the magazine. Often I’ll get to head out of the office to cover parties, fashion shows or concerts, which is, without a doubt, one of the many highlights of my job!
How did you get your start?
I studied sociology in college and really never had a clear idea that I’d go into journalism. I was — and still am — a huge magazine and blog reader (not to mention culture junkie) so it seemed like journalism would be a fun way to create a career out of something I loved — and did — anyway. Throughout college I had a few summer internships at a variety of publications and, gradually, I started building up experience until finally I made my way to PAPER. I think it also probably helps that I’m hyper-observant, which comes in handy when you’re reporting on a fashion show or party and need to make the experience come to life for the reader.
If you could raid anyone’s closet, who would it be and why?
For me, raiding someone’s closet is totally different than thinking whose style you’d want to emulate — it’s more like getting to play dress up! — so I’d love to raid Anna Dello Russo’s closet and try on all of her bananas head pieces and sunglasses. A close second would be someone like the Duchess of Alba — I can’t even imagine all of the things you’d find in her wardrobe!
If you weren’t a fashion writer, what would you be doing?
Good question! I feel fortunate that at Paper, I have the opportunity to write about multiple subjects — and not just fashion — so maybe I’d be doing something in the music industry, which is another one of my interests. I definitely would want to be involved in a creative field though — I don’t think I’d be ready to trade in my black jeans and boots for skirt suits and kitten heels!
What’s on repeat on your ipod right now?
Right now I’m listening to a great — and random — mix of dance-y, upbeat songs like Diplo’s new track, “Set It Off,” and Grimes’ “Oblivion” and then some slower songs like a bunch off of Frank Ocean’s new record Channel Orange and Purity Ring. Those come in handy when I want to space out on the subway ride home.
You’re stranded on a deserted island. What 3 things would you bring with you?
Chap stick. A really good (and preferably long) book. My iPod.
What’s up next for you?
I’m hoping that the second half of the year will be just as fun — if no less busy — than the first!