Wednesday, February 27, 2013

The Pitch's Questionnaire with KC Fashion Week executive director Teisha Barber

The executive director of KC Fashion Week talks about her love for KC.

Posted by on Wed, Feb 27, 2013 at 6:00 AM

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Name: Teisha Barber

Occupation: Executive director, Kansas City Fashion Week

Hometown: Blue Springs, Missouri

Current neighborhood: the Crossroads District

Who or what is your sidekick? My dogs, Bailey and Baxter

What career would you choose in an alternate reality? Veterinarian

What was the last local restaurant you patronized? Zócalo on the Plaza

Where do you drink? Coffee at Starbucks, a great bottle of wine at home or margaritas at El Patrón

What's your favorite charity? I have loved working with Wayside Waifs, the Joplin Humane Society, the Niles Home for Children, and now CureSearch for Children's Cancer.

Favorite place to spend your paycheck: 
On vacation

What local phenomenon do you think is overrated? Oklahoma Joe's

Where do you like to take out-of-town guests? The Plaza, the Nelson-Atkins, River Market, Brookside - there are so many great areas.

Finish this sentence: "Kansas City got it right when ... " It started rebuilding downtown. There is so much history here, and we definitely needed something to be done to revitalize the area. I love walking around downtown now and seeing how many people are out and about.

"Kansas City screwed up when it ... " Let its public-school system go downhill. With all of the great areas we have to live in Kansas City, Missouri, it would be nice to have a good public-school system, so parents do not have to send their children to private schools.

"Kansas City needs ... " Better and more efficient public transportation.

"People might be surprised to know that I ... " Am an interior designer by day and KCFW's executive director by night/weekend.

"On my day off, I like to ... " Sleep in, grab a cup of coffee at a coffee shop, get a manicure and pedicure, and go shopping.

"In five years, I'll be ... " Bringing KC more fabulous Kansas City Fashion Week shows, with more events, more designers and lots of fashion!

What TV show do you make sure you watch? The Walking Dead, The Vampire Diaries, Smash, Homeland, Dexter, Game of Thrones ... the list goes on and on. Hulu Plus is amazing.

____ take up a lot of space in my iTunes: Adam Levine and Maroon 5

What movie do you watch at least once a year? My guilty pleasure, The Twilight Saga. All five movies.

What local tradition do you take part in every year? Recently started going to the Wine Walk on Delaware. I also love the many art fairs that we have in KC.

Favorite person or thing to follow on Twitter: Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week! I love all the posts from everyone during runway seasons.

Person or thing you find really irritating at this moment: When people write me e-mails and don't proofread before they hit Send. It's always been one of my biggest pet peeves.

Last book you read: The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

What subscription - print, digital, etc. - do you value most? Vogue and Spotify. I love fashion magazines and music.

Favorite day trip: Tailgating and football games in Columbia, Missouri

What is your most embarrassing dating moment? Probably asking a guy in high school to a homecoming dance and being turned down.

Describe a recent triumph: I was recently selected by KC Business for its 2013 Class of Rising Stars in Business. I was also listed in KC Magazine's list of 100 Influential Women in the February 2013 issue.

Kansas City Fashion Week runs through March 3. Find the full schedule at kcfashionweek.com.

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