This blog entry was written by Cynthia Salim, founder of Citizen's Mark and champion for women's advancement.
I'll always remember the day a mentor at the UN told me "I thought you were a lawyer. You dress like a lawyer." I was a 22 year-old intern in Geneva, Switzerland working in policy advocacy then, and I couldn't have asked for a better compliment.
As I went on to work at a big management consulting firm (blazer + cigarette pants) then in a warehouse as an operations manager (blazer + denim), I eventually realized that looking the part was about putting people at ease. To convey in every setting that "yes, you can trust me, for I am one of you." Meeting people where they are in simple ways always allowed more leeway to be more outspoken in the moments that mattered.
A sharp blazer was that versatile piece I could style in different ways but always added gravitas. Finding a good one that wasn't too frilly or fun was tough. That's why I started Citizen's Mark with a modern, high-quality Italian wool blazer that packs a punch.
In the spirit of looking the part, one of our favorite models, Rebeca Mosquera, a New York international arbitration attorney, shows us the Geneva Blazer dressed up and dressed down. Here's to making your mark.