Occupation: Fashion Innovator & Entrepreneur
Christie Lohr is the founder of Style Nine to Five, the first ever fashion job board in Canada which now boasts over 500 employers including Hudson’s Bay, Topshop, Nordstorm and many, many more. Alongside her successful start-up, Christie is also a regular fashion expert on CTV Morning Live where we share industry insider styling tips and tricks. Her goal is to change the lives of women wanting to work in fashion and help them succeed in finding their very own career breakthrough.
What are your plans for 2015?
I’m continuing to expand Style Nine to Five throughout the US. We’ve already expanded to New York City and will be expanding to LA within the year.
What cause do you support the most?
The causes I hold most near and dear to my heart are supporting women entrepreneurs.
What is your most interesting dating story?
I was having a bad day and my date at the time showed up with my favourite martini pre-made and ready to be served, saying “I had a feeling you need this right now.” It was very touching and oh-so thoughtful.
What do you look for in a potential partner?
The qualities I most adore in a partner are passion and drive. I’m very much career focused and enjoy seeing someone love what they do no matter what it is. I also have a very fond soft spot for empathy.
One idea to improve Vancouver’s dating scene?
For many Vancouverites, we are at a certain age where we don’t participate in the clubbing scene, but at the same time a sit down restaurant doesn’t necessarily encourage mingling. It would be fabulous if Vancouver would consider their restaurant and lounge concepts/layouts to be more interactive.
What is your Deal Breaker?
A definite deal breaker for me would be ego. I was once at an event and a random stranger pointed at me (how rude!) and said “psst you, come here.” That is the exact opposite of chivalry.
What is your Achilles Heel?
I absolutely love someone with a positive attitude and energy, as well a great sense of humour. Cliché I know, but I enjoy quick wit. For example, during Movember a date once said he now knows what it feels like to dread a bad hair day. A good laugh is always appreciated and is a great icebreaker.
Favourite Vancouver hotspot on a Friday night?
On Friday nights you can find me at any restaurant on Main Street.
How do you feel about books that teach men to be “pick up artists”?
A guy once said to me, “Oh my God, your teeth are way too white” as if it was a bad thing – classic example of starting a conversation with a negative. I finally realized he was actually trying to pick me up and let me tell you, you catch more flies with honey than vinegar. I’m not interested in being insulted. Please don’t diss a girl to get her attention or even play games to get her to notice you. It’s all way too immature.
A genuine compliment, like a comment on a woman’s jacket, accessories or shoes, would be much more effective. Think of out-of-the-box compliments that I haven’t heard over and over again. It will definitely pique my interest and keep me intrigued to have a longer conversation.