Former Marco Island resident and Lely High School graduate Tina Langley has risen through fashion’s ranks like a towering stiletto. While working on a communications degree at Florida Gulf Coast University, Langley spent a summer interning at Glamour magazine. A first job followed in the fashion closet at GQ, where she assisted the fashion and creative directors with photo shoots and coordinated the clothing and accessories featured in the publication. Langley was then hired by Harper’s Bazaar as an assistant to the market director.
Nylon magazine was Langley’s next stop, where she edited pages and covered the market. Langley then landed the position of senior accessories editor at Seventeen, where from 2007 to 2010 she managed the selection of all accessories photographed.
“My time spent working in fashion editorial was an amazing experience,” Langley says. “It exposed me to some of the most iconic ready-to-wear designers, editors and stylists in the industry.”
In 2010, Langley was intrigued when she heard about a fashion director position at Marc Fisher Footwear, which handles design and distribution for the Tommy Hilfiger, Guess, Sigerson Morrison, Marciano, Ivanka Trump and Isaac Mizrahi shoe lines, to name a few. She became trend forecaster for the design teams. Langley focused on forecasting for a year, but recently moved into product development and design.
Her career would seem to demand she wear comfortable shoes. “I’m constantly moving between New York City, Europe and Asia in search of design inspiration,” Langley says. “The hours are long and there is a lot of travel, but this role is definitely an exciting and creative position. I love what I do.”