We had the good fortune of connecting with Kasia Johnson and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Kasia, how has your background shaped the person you are today?
I am originally from Poland but since very young age I knew I want to live abroad. Poland never seem to be big enough to me. My upbringing was focused on education and travelling. My parents valued these 2 very much and they taught me to trust people and be open minded. I was fortunate enough to get to visit almost all countries in Europe and many other in the world. My parents always encouraged me to learn as much as I possibly can about other countries and cultures. It impacted me in a way that I stay curious and I don’t judge easily. My parents made me to train swimming when i was a child because it was good for my back. I had a love hate relationship with my swimming drill. When I competed I remember it was super stressful for me. I need to admit that it gave me discipline and I learned to face challenges with ease. It helps me a lot in my professional life where there’s a lot of deadlines and working on last minute projects. I am very grateful for that discipline because it keeps me going during times where I’m tired or I don’t feel inspired. Overall, the curiosity and being well travelled gives me a lot of inspiration in my work and how I come up with ideas for photo shoots. Also, Poland’s architecture and Eastern European culture made a huge impact on my personal style and aesthetics.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I style editorial, campaigns as well as private clients. I’m most proud of producing and styling a campaign for a clothing brand from Poland and which was featured by Vogue Poland. I love working with my teams whom I know well and work flows very smoothly but the most exciting thing is to work with creatives and models I’ve never worked before. There’s this moment of unknown and anticipation which makes the experience so thrilling. I always learn something new. Getting myself into this industry was very intentional and planned. When I moved to Miami, I searched for internships in model agencies and I got into Select Model Miami. One day, the agent asked me if I want to style a photo shoot the next day. I knew it was my big opportunity and I couldn’t say “no” regardless having so little time to prepare. After that, I just kept building my portfolio, juggling full time job and styling on my days off. It was the most challenging time. The discipline I learned in my childhood paid off- I kept doing what I needed to do even when I was tired or I lacked resources.
One of the lessons is “do what you can with what you have”- there’s never a perfect moment to start. Just do it! Another one is “don’t compare yourself with others, everyone has a unique journey, just keep doing you”.
I would like the world to know that talent is not everything. A good attitude, great work ethic and kindness makes the whole difference. I try to break the stereotype of mean and unwelcoming people from fashion industry. If you feel good and confident about yourself- there’s no reason to not to be nice. I also care about sustainability in fashion and having less but good quality pieces. I would like this philosophy to be spread out and to change people’s habits and beliefs around buying clothes.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I like a good mix of fancy and more relaxed, hipster places when I hang out in Miami. I would take my friend for breakfast to Zak the Baker and for a coffee to Imperial Moto Cafe. I would do lunch at Abbale Telavivian Kitchen and dinner at Boia De. Best place for wine and some cheese is Lagniappe and if we feel like dancing a bit I would recommend Astra in Wynwood. If we want to party, I would go to Space to dance the night away with great DJs. My favorite place for brunch is Swan and walking around Design District after. I would insist to check out Joia Beach as well. You can’t visit Miami without trying some Cuban sandwich- my favorite is Sanguich de Miami.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
To be honest, I worked for my success without too much help from anyone. I studied psychology back in Poland becuase I didn’t believe that I can pursue fashion career. When I decided to follow my biggest dream and started to style photo shoots, my mum quickly became to be the one who didn’t think that this “fashion thing” is a waste of time. Whenever I was styling photo shoots in Poland, she was the one who helped me with some organizing, pick ups and etc. Then with time, she actually got excited about my projects and the outcome. I feel like my mother has been my biggest fan and she was encouraging me to keep going and make my dream come true.

Website: https://kasiajohnsonstyles.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/styledbykasia/

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