Latoya Thompson has a feather in her hair. And it's super-cute. That's a good thing because Thompson dresses other people for a living.
Thompson, a 2011 graduate of Fontbonne, is the founder of LaToya Elnora - a personal shopping, styling and wardrobe consultation service -located in the new Techartista at 4818 W. Washington Boulevard in the Central West End. She was recently featured in a Saint Louis Business Journal article on People on the Move. Read the article here.
And although she opened Latoya Elnora in the spring of 2014, she says her passion for freelance styling began in college, in early 2008. At the time, she was pursuing a career in Social Work because of her desire to help people. Of course fashion was always something that inspired her, but she wasn’t sure she could make a career out of it. When she finally chose to make the switch over to work toward a degree in Fashion Merchandising, there was no looking back.
“Gail Schafers encouraged me to study abroad. I went to London in the fall of 2009, and being in Europe gave me the real exposure to the industry,” Thompson remembers. She says that had it not been for Schafers – Director of ESL & Study Abroad at Fontbonne – she would never have taken that kind of trip.
Along with Schafers, Thompson credits Rogene Nelsen (Asst. Professor, Business Administration) and Janine Duncan (Asst. Professor and Director of Graduate Programs, Family and Consumer Sciences) with giving her guidance and pushing her to do her best while pursuing her degree.
Aside from challenging academics, Thompson notes that Fontbonne has a lively campus. “There was always stuff on campus to get involved in,” she recalls. Thus, Thompson was an active member of the Student Alumni Association (SAA) and Student Human Environmental Sciences Association. Of SAA, Thompson asserts, “The activities and outings we did gave me the opportunity to meet the ‘real life’ example of what I was learning to be.”
Thompson’s experiences being involved with SAA are a telling example of what Fontbonne is good at offering, an up-close view into the real working world. Visit her online at latoyaelnora.com