With a career that’s spanned across the globe - and included partnerships with fashion powerhouses like Armani, Burberry, Cole Haan, Gap, J. Crew, Neiman Marcus, North Face and more - former Charming Charlie Vice President and Executive Creative Director, Eric Samuel Green, has earned a stellar reputation for being a visionary within the industry. And he’s not done yet.
After spending over two decades (including five years at Charming Charlie) helping bring the visions of others to life, at the top of the year Green turned his sights to an entirely new venture: creative and interior design. Known for decoding style, he’s now sharing a few things he’s learned along the way courtesy of his new book, “Style Made Simple: The 10 Tips to Decorating With Style” where he demystifies the world of decor for those easily overwhelmed by styling and design. This admittedly includes myself, who sat in awe as Green broke down concepts like aesthetic, decluttering and more during a recent sit-down with Houston Style Magazine.
With an obvious joy for his craft, Green shared a few tips from Decorating With Style as he gave us a glimpse into his well styled world. Read below for more from the Style Connoisseur himself:
Houston Style: For those that may be unfamiliar with how you got your started, what brought you into the industry?
Eric S. Green: The interesting thing is I was into magazines. While most kids were playing sports I was collecting catalogues and newspapers. I was just really obsessed with visuals. From the age of five to 13/14 I would read and look at visuals inside of them. What I realized later in life was that I was educating my eye. My family actually owned a grocery store, so I spent a lot of time merchandising, helping customers around the store, enticing them to buy more. I learned to be responsive to client needs early on.
Style Mag: Style seems to be in your blood! How did you transition from fashion being a hobby to a career?
Green: I decided to go to school for marketing, so that I could pull fashion and art together with experience and my understanding of how retail works. My first job was in visual merchandising, just doing things like lighting a mannequin, learning to attract and convert customers through silent techniques, studying signage, etc. Over the course of my career I’ve done in-store visual merchandising to corporate merchandising to creative direction.
To this day I reference things back to that grocery store: How you engage people, restocking, etc. All of those skills are really transferrable, so I made a conscious decision early on to learn all aspects of the industry and not just focus on a specific market or women’s apparel. Once you understand what a brand is about, you are able to carry a lot of those tools and tips over in a really fascinating way.
Read this story in full at Houston Style Magazine - May 2019