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Meet Andreea French

In honour of International Women's Day, Grayes will be dedicating the month of March to celebrating women. We will be posting a series of interviews featuring inspiring Grayes women driving change.

Tell us about your career journey.

I didn’t plan on working in Consulting nor in a role that I have today, but I feel that I have found my path. I studied political science and economics but didn’t know exactly what I wanted to do, so my first job was in market research which taught me about conveying a message / telling a story from data. My next job taught me about data analysis and introduced me to project management. Next I landed at Deloitte and worked on large strategic and operational initiatives with firm leadership, operational efficiency engagement with clients, and now support our Consulting executive team in various capacities. I’ve never been too specific about my career path although I’m a person who loves a plan… most of the roles I’ve had at Deloitte weren’t established until I took the position and I imagine the same will be the case in future roles I take on… I see my career path as focusing in operations but one of the thing I love most about Deloitte is that we continue to evolve, there are so many opportunities, and a position that may not exist today / is not needed, may be the ideal fit for me tomorrow…

Tell us about your personal style and how it has evolved over your career.

  • Classic style, timeless pieces, monochromatic colors
  • At the beginning of my career, I was more formal / traditional with my wardrobe, but as I have developed, so has my style and I infuse more personality into my work wear… almost no matching suits, tailored feminine dresses, colorful skirts, fun footwear
  • The change of expressing more of myself in my wardrobe came as I felt more established in my career and also grew into my style and was more confident in the items I wear… I also feel very at home at Deloitte and thus very comfortable in my day to day interactions in the office. Some leaders dress very formally, others don’t, and so I feel comfortable determining my own style rather than assimilating to something specific. Today vs 10 years ago, I wear many of the same items at work as I do during weekend dinners out with friends or my husband.

What's the best style advice you've ever received? What's the most important piece of style advice you would offer young businesswomen?

  • Get to know your body type and purchase pieces that compliment it... what you love on someone else may not be the best option for you
  • My advice would be the same but to also inject a bit of personality into the outfits… color, proportions, accessories, etc… corporate wardrobes don’t have to be monotonous AND find a great tailor!

What items of clothing or ‘looks’ make you feel the most powerful and like your most authentic self?

A blazer! A well-fitting blazer makes me feel pulled together, stand up a little taller, have a little more confidence, and it’s chic!

What do you love most about the Grayes brand?

High quality materials – because the pieces will fit better, will look great for longer, more sustainable option than ‘fast fashion’, more environmentally conscious

 

What is your philosophy when it comes to your wardrobe, and particularly your work wardrobe?

  • Fewer better pieces
  • Purchase pieces I absolutely love

Clothes that

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