HOW A CORPORATE LAWYER FOUND HER WAY IN FASHION AUTHOR
Tracy Howard PHOTOGRAPHER
Jeanine Brito ith her cropped gamine hair and high/low ensemble of Free People cords, Zara sweater, Bally bag, Topshop dangly cross earrings and Fiorentini + Baker boots, Irene Kim (BSc 2002 UC) seems every inch a fashionista. But the COO and editor-at-large of the online magazine The Genteel, quickly clarifies that her career in fashion media was anything but a foregone conclusion.
“At 18 if somebody had told me at 32 I’d be running my own fashion magazine…I would have fallen off my seat!” says Kim, a Toronto-based former corporate lawyer. But running it she has been since launching The Genteel in September 2011, along with CEO and editor-in-chief, Mona Chammas. The motivation for starting a fashion and design magazine was to present a thinking person’s approach to the topic. “Mona and I feel almost a fatigue with the fashion media out there,” she says. “We wanted to go more in-depth and inline with the material we like to read, like The Economist or Vanity Fair.” 20 — UC ALUMNI MAGAZINE