Shannon-Lichti2-1024x768With no signs of slowing down any time soon, Dabble Talks continues racing down the track at full speed, providing you, our faithful reader, with insight into the minds of the movers and shakers that are shaping STL into what it is today.

Next up to bat: we sat down with travel and fashion maven Shannon Lichti – founder of Limitless Planet and the director of St. Louis Fashion Week (#STLFW) – to talk living abroad, expressing yourself, and Fashion Week which is currently in full swing. This is what Shannon had to say:

You’ve traveled all over the world. Exactly how many countries have you been to?

I have been to all 7 continents, and out of the 236 recognized countries of the world, I have traveled to 112.  I haven’t been everywhere yet.

We know you love to travel. How did you decide to start Limitless Planet? And for those here in STL unfamiliar with your company, what does Limitless Planet do?

We began official operations in January 2011, but the Limitless Planet concept was created in a tent while leading a safari in Masai Mara, Kenya in 2004.  Since, it has been a long road that has taken us from coast to coast in America, and to all seven continents.

At Limitless Planet it is our objective to plan a once in a lifetime experience.  We want each detail to create a trip or event that far exceeds expectations, while providing a carefree experience in the far corners of the world.  We value off the beaten path educational and adventurous tour abroad and in St. Louis.

Can you talk about your experience living abroad?

I was abroad for about 10 years.  I was in a new country about every 2 weeks.  Every destination changed me as a person.  The more I knew and understood about the people and place of the world, the more questions I had.  Traveling changed me to the core.  Of course, my experiences were quite different from destination to destination.  You can expect the same experience in Europe as the Middle East.  The bottom line is- it’s a big, beautiful world and I enjoyed myself in every destination.

428129_321037067939636_1955232179_nIn addition to world traveling, you are the Director of St. Louis Fashion Week. When did you get involved with this project?

I actually got involved in the Fashion Industry while I was leading a tour through China. One of the guests on my trip was a New York Fashion Week producer.  After spending 3 weeks with me in China, he offered me a job in New York as his right hand.  After that project in New York, I moved back to St. Louis was introduced to Elizabeth Tucker, Publisher and Co-Founder of Alive Magazine and St. Louis Fashion Week Co-Founder and Executive Producer.  That was two years ago, as this is my fourth season as St. Louis Fashion Week Director.  Time rely flew by!  It is a fun project, and you couldn’t ask for a better team than the St. Louis Fashion Week Team.

In a lot of ways travel and fashion aren’t so dissimilar.

Travel and fashion really aren’t so dissimilar.  One’s culture surely defines or t least plays a part in experience and taste.  Fashion is based on the culture it represents.  It is just another art form.

Besides traveling the world and dressing to impress, what else do you dabble in?

Art, reading, trekking, kayaking, canoeing, history geek, yoga, food and wine.

What’s your best fashion tip?

Keep it clean, modern, and simple, then in 10 years you will not look back and say what was I thinking!  At the same time, express yourself and don’t be afraid to add a statement piece!