I had met Blane years ago when he worked at Barneys.
He had suggested several pieces of clothing that are still my "go to" classic looks.
Recently, I decided to try to contact Blane to help me get an outfit together for a gala I had to go to.
I "found" him through Thumbtack.
Blane came over to my apartment to look at what I had and what looked good on me and what I could give away.
On another day we went shopping and found the perfect dress for the gala.
Blane has a great eye and a terrific, fun personality!
My experience was excellent and quite productive!
I look forward to working with him again.
I met Blane Charles over 20 years ago & ever since the first time I met him,I knew that he was somebody that had a warm heart.
He has a great caring personality and a heart of Gold too as there is not that many people like him around.
Our experience was excellent. Blane was the perfect fit for what we needed. We just moved into a new house (he traveled up to Westchester) and needed to really go through our clothes (me and my wife). He helped sort through, organize and get rid of an overflow of clothing.
Initially he came to work with just my wife, but he was so helpful that I had him come back the following day to help me.
I can't say enough great things about Blane.
There are many closet organizers and many stylists, but he combines both and brought a calming, comforting and positive attitude...while not wasting any time.
I would highly recommend Blane to anyone looking for these services.
I'm a professional woman in my early 50s. After being unemployed for a little over a year, I recently landed a great opportunity in a top NYC Professional Services Firm. I opened my closet and realized quickly I had lots of business clothes yet not a thing to wear! A friend referred me to Blane and, after shopping around and doing a good deal of research on wardrobe consultants, I realized he had the right plan and personality to teach me how to dress for success.
Blane has been generous and full of great advice from our initial phone conversation to our most recent consultation. He has done a complete clothing edit of my closets (work, casual and dress clothes) explaining what shapes and colors flatter me, helped me put together great combinations I didn't know I had and saved me from spending lots of money on new clothes I didn't need. Rather than just saying yes or no to my current wardrobe, he took the time to teach me why the item looked good or bad and what to look out for in future purchases. We've developed lists of outfits and he also took pictures as he put together looks for me so I have an easy reference. I have done a little shopping after getting a list of colors and fabrics Blane advises I look good in and, when I wasn't sure of a purchase, I texted Blane a picture and he gave me immediate advice.
I wholeheartedly recommend Blane to those just starting out in their professional lives, those in mid-career and those reentering the workforce. He really understands the business world and how to dress his clients to succeed in it. He's a gentle and effective teacher and lots of fun to spend an afternoon with as well.
Thanks Blane! You're amazing!!!!
Wow!! I was amazed at how much work we accomplished in just a few hours. I needed help picking out a suit and a new outfit and due to Blane's knowledge at Barney's (he knows everyone) almost a whole new wardrobe at a reasonable price.
Blane is very knowledgeable and very practical.
“In the course of a single afternoon, Blane not only reorganized my closet space and put order in my wardrobe, he also gave me great advice about how to wear better what I have and motivated me to tackle other projects at home that needed some attention. Our time together turned out to be as much of a consultation on apparel as a session on organization, which was its original purpose. Blane immediately established a personal rapport with me that enabled me to be comfortable and readily accept the recommendations that he made. As a result, I feel like I have a whole new closet and wardrobe. I have also been more thoughtful when purchasing additional clothing, thinking of his comments and perspectives on what I have and what would further complement it.
Blane is very enthusiastic, and that spirit is very motivating not only to work on the job at hand, but to continue with further projects. As a result of his work with me, I have reorganized areas in my apartment, including my study. His impact goes beyond the project he worked on directly. As a result I am now asking his advice about another project for my apartment.
Blane is professional as well as engaging, knowledgeable as well as motivating, and generous as well as organized. You would do well to work with and get to know Blane.
Thank you so much Mike for once again believing in me and trusting me. It was truly an honor working with you. Your wealth of knowledge in so many areas was refreshing to tap into and benefit from! Because of your generous donation and choosing my services, you helped to make the completion of our DIFFA DINING BY DESIGN 2013 project a huge success!
My front room and dining room were so cluttered and unattractive that I seldom spent time in them. In two days Blane converted them into a glorious space. With tender compassion Blane helped me release many items collected over 80 years. He proved that less is more by selectively keeping only objects that enrich my soul. The astonishing results opened my heart allowing me to make new memories. After the magical transformation thru Blane's artistic genius. I'm filled with joy and serenity just being in my rooms. I'm anxious to share this peaceful environment by entertaining friends. I appreciate your time, talent and loving spirit. My life has been enriched- thanks to Beau-By Blane
Beverly Kelly Bellevue, Seattle
This was definitely a case of "I CAME! I SAW! I CONQUERED!" Always up for the challenge and I thoroughly enjoyed spending the quality time with YOU!
Working with Blane has been a very fun and exciting experience. Blane is considerate of my feelings when we edited my and Mike's closet. Mike (my husband) and I love what he has done, especially in our living room. Blane awakened me to dysfunctional attachments to things. He understood when I wanted to hold on to certain items and gently encouraged me to let go. As a result I found a new self when I did let go, I could have a better realization of who I am. I found that things cannot and do not fill spaces in my heart in places that counts. I love the new energy in my home. I can now be aware of what works in the maintenance in my home. Thank you Blane for all you do. I will always keep you in mind, and I will have you come back in the future. Love what you do.
Barbara Michael W.
Thank you Barbara for being such an inspirational client! It was as much of a learning experience for me as it was for you and Michael. I also appreciate all of your referrals.
Blane Charles is truly amazing! He transformed my bedroom into a tropical parisdise. His talent lies not only in his creativity but also with his patience and compassion. You can feel the passion he feels for his craft. Blane made the journey so exciting and fun. I love my new space and cherish the solitude I feel when I go to sleep. Thank you Blane!
It was truly a pleasure working with you Miki! Thank you for making my company now bi-coastal. It was pure joy staying in your amaxing home in Bellevue, Seattle!
Blane was referred by a friend to help with purging and redefining our space after two rooms were free in my house. Blane truly has both vision and is also hands on. We emptied shelves, moved tables, got rid of a rug to open up the space. In three visits Blane found innovative ways of arranging furniture and artwork. We found a desk in one room that was not being used and moved it up to my newly created office. We also emptied a shelf to put in a newly created tv room. Blane is very aware of feng shui so that in my office he suggested I find a mirror so that although my back is facing the door when sitting at my desk, it is all cool now. In the first floor that was cluttered we cleared a cabinet filled with mail and replaced it with a glass bowl and later put up curtains. A very visually unaware friend noticed noticed the change as well as the curtains. On our most recent meeting we shopped for pillows and curtains and came back to the house to hang the curtains up. Blane finds innovative and aesthetic ways of arranging a room and clearing space. He also makes suggestions so that I went to the Container Store on my own and cleaned my dresser tops and rearranged my jewelry in boxes and containers so that now I know what I have. Blane is friendly and easy to work with, teaching you "how to fish" so that going forward I can utilize some of his vision and expertise on my own. I will call him back to work on my closets, but am going to clear some more space before then. Blane is truly a find. I am so happy that he came into my life.
Thank you so much Kelly! I really enjoyed working with you and your lovely family. Looking forward to tackling your closets soon! Much Gratitude, Blane
Blane is just incredible at what he does! My session with him was a Birthday gift from my mom and I know she put a lot of time into finding someone she trusted who also understood what I was trying to acheive. Blane was amazing from the moment we met. We sorted through my closet and cleaned out the clothes that were no longer working for me. Then we spent the rest of our time together shopping. Through his connections, we had a great Sales person and were given the royal treatment. I am so happy with my new clothes and the great ideas he gave me for the clothes, shoes and accessories I already had in my closet.
HOW DO I LOVE THEE...LET ME COUNT THE WAYS!!!
LOVED YOU IN THE SHOE DEPARTMENT @ BARNEYS, AND EVERY STORE WE WENT TO....ESPECIALLY THE SORTING OF MY CLOSET. TRULY NEEDED YOU TO LOOK AT MY THINGS WITH FRESH EYES AND HAD A GREAT TIME SHOPPING FOR THINGS I NEEDED. CAN'T WAIT TO DO IT AGAIN!
I was thrilled to arrive with Peonies, not my typical Orchid plant, to find out it was Shirley's favorite flower that she and her son where looking for the day before. I truly believe that the most important aspect of consulting for me is "making the connection." We actually spent the whole day together starting with a wardrobe edit adding more color and fitted silhouettes followed by lunch, a shopping spree, ending with dinner with her son at their favorite mexican restaurant. It doesn't get better than this! LOVIN IT!
Blane came to my house to help me go through my closet. I put everything on and he told me if he thought it worked for me and why(and if not why not) He talked about what lines flatter my shape, which ones don't and why. I found it much easier to let go of clothes that I suspected didn't look great on me with his help so I also was able to get rid of clothes I didn't really wear. Then he helped me to see what separates went together and why, something I've always had a hard time with. What is great about how Blane works is that he teaches you why things work and don't work and makes suggestions for the types of clothes you might want to add to your wardrobe. I felt completely comfortable with Blane and he's a lovely, lovely person. Well worth the time and money and now I'm not standing in front of my closet wondering what to wear(he also folded and hung all my clothes, made piles of things to give away mend etc. and organized my entire closet!) Oh, and we got so much done as Blane has a very good memory. he would see me in something once for 5 seconds, hang it in the closet and remember it later if he thought it would go well with something else. Thanks Blane.
Thank you so much Lesley for that wonderful review. It was such a pleasure working with you, and I hope you are enjoying the book!
At Your Service,
I had a really great experience. He brought me to a store which I had not known about before but which tured out to be just the kind of style I liked. He was very good at helping me pick things out, choosing between colors and finding accessories that worked with different pieces. He was of course wonderful and friendly the whole time.
Gylnis you were such a delight to work with! I loved the fact thar you definitely knew what you didn't like, yet kept yourself open to try new things. I look forward to working with you again!
Intuitive direction and functional flare, that is what Blane brought to my life. His assistance took my non-fashion sense to a level that made me comfortable pushing my own limits, while finding a new appreciation for my style. When it came to my home I felt quite at ease with his suggestions. I have a small space and was not certain how to make it represent me. Blane thoughtfully listened to my desires, helped me draft a plan and was key to the successful styling of my place. Now I truly feel at home and fabulous in it. Thank you Blane!!
Irradiance you are a Gem of a client! I adore your openness & pull up your sleeves and let's get to work attitude. Your excellent taste and amazing vision make working with sheer Bliss!!
What can I say about Blane. He was insightful and efficient. He saw what I wore and immediately knew what would fit my style as well as improve on it. Blane knew everyone at the stores and where the hidden gems that would fit me would be. On a personal note, Blane is an amazing guy and wonderful to spend time with. I can't recommend him enough.
Larry thank you so much! You totally ROCK! It was such a pleasure working with a True Gentleman! I look forward to working with you and your clients in May, 2013!
Having BEAU-T BY BLANE embark on a trip through my boyfriends closet was an overwhelming joy to all of us. Blane went through every single piece of clothing, old and new, and asked critical questions to determine whether a specific item should be part of a my boyfriends wardrobe. Blane was very respectful of our opinions and our emotional feelings pertaining to items that we wanted to let go for a long time, but never had the strength to do so. Blane was very professional in helping us making the best decision. In such way, we have said goodbye to many things, for what we are very grateful. After, being left with pieces that would make it back to the closed, Blane gave us suggestions on what would pair best, and in how many different ways a key piece of clothing could be used. That opened our eyes to new ideas and possibilities that we have never thought of. Afterwards, Blane helped to organize the closet in the most practical way. As a result, the closet now is a place of inspiration where everyday a new outfit can be assembled in an easy and most innovative way.
Blane not only transformed my boyfriends closet in the matter of hours, but also gave us great pointers on how to make our apartment be a place of delight, enlightened and surprised us on many different levels, and enriched us with beautiful personal gifts. Thank you Blane, this was the best way to end 2012!
"At BEAU-T BY BLANE it's all about forming nurturing relationships with our clients and empowering them with tools to live life to the fullest! I'm thrilled to have two new friends, but more importantly, two satisfied clients!" LIFE IS BEAUTY & BEAUTY IS LIFE! BEAU-T BY BLANE
Blane Charles over the course of several weekends performed a miracle. If you have ever dealt with or know a "hoarder" you know what he was up against. I myself have purged this good friends home and filled large carting dumpsters (yes, plural) with things piled up in every room in the house including the basement, his office, the bedroom, the property etc. Blane excavated two rooms plus the basement without need of renting a container which of course saved money but not stopping at that, he completely reorganized and recatagorized and found a place for everything and made logical order and a very pleasing esthetic for the eye where there was just wanten chaos.
Not only can I see the floors again but the rooms look great!
Thank you so much Blane!
Thank you! This was as rewarding of an experience for me as well!
Rev. Edwin Dale B.
Sounds wonderful. But you meant wanton?
Absolutely amazing experience. You not only know how to do your job with passion but you actually truly care about the person you are working with and respond directly to his/her needs and personality. You are a great stylist and advisor. I was very happy with the experience and your perspective on things gave me courage to express myself in the best possible way in the future. Great help with my closet and whole wardrobe....next time I go shopping I am taking YOU with me! warm hugs Blane!
Blane, a year later, your style influence continues on... it was a very helpful session! Thanks for the wonderful work you do!
Beau -T By Blane rocks!!!
I called Blane Charles on a Monday and he was up here in New Hampshire by Friday re-doing my bathroom, living room, kitchen, dining room, and two bedrooms.
He did all that while celebrating Mother's day, dining out with our friends, and hiking...all by Sunday!
My daughter was not happy about having to give up her bedroom to my new roommate but after Blane Charles was done, she said " This is awesome! I love it! She also loved, loved, her playspace which previously was a dark corner that was never occupied.
He completely made over my apt with things I had already so I didn't have to spend any money on anything!
First letme say thank you for helping me to fully organise and clean my apartment. I discarded of stuff that I was holding on to too long and got really great tips on how to utilise my space. You never realised how much junk you hold on to. I have to say after I felt lighter and more energised like I have just opened a door. Oprah Winfrey always says your home should rise up to greet you and I feel as if that is what my home is doing now. Thank you thank you thank you!!!!
Editing my wardrobe was the best present I could have given to myself and Blane was exactly the right person to help me through this. Working with him was a truly wonderful experience. Besides being exceptionally talented, Blane has a really big heart and open spirit. There was no judgment. I had two closets full of clothes, most of which I no longer wore or liked. After working with Blane I was left with a bunch of outfits that really worked for me. Best of all I was able to do this with the clothes I already had. He helped me to mix and match in ways that I would never have considered – navy and chocolate brown! Who would have thought! In the end, it made getting dress a lot more fun and I feel really good about the way I look. Now when I go shopping instead of just getting random pieces that I like, I get pieces that compliment what I already have. If you have been putting off doing this don't wait any longer. It’s a great investment and you'll really love the new you.
Blane Charles is an incredibly talented individual who has genuine expertise in any number of real-life situations. He has helped me recruit professional high caliber wait staff for a benefit event at my Museum which saved me several hundred dollars over using an agency. Blane is an excellent organizer, feng shui expert, and first-rate motivator. His enthusiasm is infectious and professionalism first-rate. Blane takes great personal pride in his work and uses each and every opportunity as a chance to learn new skills and make new contacts whenever possible. To paraphrase Albert Einstein, Blane is "passionately curious." I have gone back to Blane for assistance and problem-solving time and time again with great results every time.