Coming from a family of doctors, Christine Philip attended Emory University with the intention of following in her family’s footsteps. However, she knew deep down that medicine was not what she was supposed to do. Instead, she decided to pursue her dream of working in business, especially in the fashion industry. She has worked in many different industries, ranging from owning a fashion and jewelry boutique in Atlanta to an investment bank in London.
Fast forward 5 years and five countries later, Philip is finally able to establish his own schedule. She launched and manages Global Glam, a lifestyle magazine and online retailer. We got to know her on a more fun and personal level, and she offered great advice.
How did you know that was what you wanted to do?
CP: I explored different ideas and as a result started a few small businesses. I have also worked in many industries to understand what excites me. So I recommend exploring different facets of what you would like to do, and suddenly it will all make sense. I think my character of “Leo” is largely attributed to this. I’m not the type to sit back and relax; I have to do something. I love to work, and whenever I can, combine business and pleasure.
What changes have you made during the pandemic?
CP: Well, when the pandemic hit my business was affected, like so many others. When things started to stop in New York City, I flew out to be with my family in Naples, Florida. Besides being, for the most part, an open state, my whole family is in health care, which was scary; my brother is an emergency doctor, my dad works in an emergency care ward and my mum in the health ward, so I wanted to help in any way I could, even though it was emotional support while they were criticized.
During this crazy time, I also built an ecommerce branch for Global Glam as the change moved to the internet. My in-person sample sales became non-existent; no one was willing to go to crowded sample sales in tight spaces. I made the decision to put our sample sales concept online and launched globalglam.shop. Global Glam The magazine has actually seen the benefits of the pandemic as an online magazine, and our advertisements and sponsored publications have gained market share in print media.
If you weren’t in the fashion industry, what would you like to do instead?
CP: I like the cinema. I would own a production company and tell stories that I am passionate about. Who knows, it might still be in the cards.
What’s your favorite way to unwind after a long day?
CP: Living in Florida lately, sometimes swimming or playing tennis.
You have lived and worked in many different countries. What were your most memorable?
CP: I will never forget my stay in Paris. I lived in the 8th arrondissement, Madeleine. I miss the simple things like my morning routine where I would stop inside the Church of the Madeleine and bring a pastry to the local pastor. I was Emily in Paris before Netflix’s Emily in Paris became popular. I was in the center of everything I could dream of, to be in the center of a luxury mecca and at the same time, the most historic district and I will never forget it. My second favorite was Muscat, Oman, my brother and I used to hunt scorpions in our backyard and climb mountains with goats, people would never believe these stories when I tell them.
What’s the last show you watched excessively?
CP: ‘Velvet’ on Netflix. Alberto and Ana are a perfect match.
CP: I play the piano and would like to think I’m pretty good at the blackjack table.
What is the novelty that you would like to master?
Where do you feel most inspired?
CP: In my Pilates class, a unique place, I know. My mind is so relaxed, so the ideas come to me.
What was the last inspiring travel trip you’ve taken in recent times?
Ljubljana, Slovenia. You have to do the Postojna caves; it is breathtaking. In addition, the Blue Grotto of Capri is like a dream.
What advice would you give to your young self?
CP: Have a little patience and trust the process.
Finally, what is your definition of success?
CP: Success is not the end of the game. It’s about maintaining what you set out to achieve in the first place. Real success, in my personal opinion, is defined in your personal life, which I need to pay more attention to. When I look at my parents or my brother and the family they have built, for me it is a real success.
Visit Global Glam to learn more about the empire Christine built here.