My Spectacular Odd Job: Selling Dresses at I.Magnin

At 23 I was selling dresses at I.Magnin in San Francisco. This was the store for Ferragamo shoes and Louis Vuitton handbags. There were seven other ladies on Fifth Floor Dresses. Each of them had been there at least 20 years (Miss Lee had been there 40 years). I was an irritation to them, the sole American, and a non-professional who, they knew, wasn't in it for the long haul.