Designer Rebecca Minkoff Reveals How She Overcame the Feeling of Not Being Good Enough

It doesn't seem like designer Rebecca Minkoff would have a lot to be afraid of these days. Her bags aren't just chic, they've become wardrobe staples for most millennial women (and you can find lots of them in the flagship store she recently opened in Los Angeles). She is considered a pioneer in the digital retail world, and fans of her brand include Anna Kendrick, Zosia Mamet, and Jessica Alba. Basically she is on fire.

But there was a time when Minkoff was scared. After all, trying to make it in the cutthroat world of fashion is no easy feat. She started at the very bottom, after moving to New York City at just 18 years old. She passed out flyers in Union Square and sold her ready-to-wear designs to consignment shops. Eventually actress Jenna Elfman wore one of her shirts on a late-night talk show appearance, and in 2005 the brand really started to take it off. Even though her name  is now recognized around the world, Minkoff still compares herself to others like the rest of us. Only now, she knows how to put it into perspective.

Minkoff told Levo in an exclusive interview: "I think it’s hard to say that you never compare yourself — I do it all the time. I don’t necessarily think it's a bad thing. I think there is an element when comparing yourself to others that keeps you hungry and constantly striving for more. When you compare yourself, you have to look at all of the factors at play — know the work that you put in and what makes you unique."

Something to remember the next time you want to compare yourself to a colleague or anyone in your industry.

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