What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
I like to start with a consultation to better get to know my new client and their goals. We can do this over the phone, in person or via Skype chat. From there we decide how services will be customized to meet their needs (will you be joining me for the shopping, prefer me to shop solo so you can try on at home, or would you like everything done virtually for you to buy online?).
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I went to school for Fashion, where I received my Bachelors degree and have been working in the industry for the last 8 years. I have also taken workshops and gotten hands on experience as an intern to a celebrity stylist. During my time in NYC I also worked for Bergdorf Goodman's personal shopping department, who is the leading luxury retailer in the world. I am constantly looking at trends, media, and culture to discover the latest fashion and beauty tips and tricks.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
Travel expenses less than 20 miles each way from my 28270 zipcode are free of charge. Invoices are sent as well as receipts to you after services. I do not make commission for clothing bought, so my rate is earned hourly, which is determined upon inquiry of a new service.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I've always had a love for dressing up and making others feel good about themselves. When I put two and two together, fashion just made sense!
What types of customers have you worked with?
I have worked with a variety of customers. Typically my clients are females between 30-60, ranging from a size 2 to 20. I have also worked with men as well as couples.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
I once had a male client who hadn't worn a pair of jeans in 12 years. As silly as it sounds, one of my biggest accomplishments is getting him to love denim and see its versatility for his wardrobe. I watched as he completely stepped out of his comfort zone to try new color palettes and sleeker daily ensembles. It's been about 2 years since then and he still likes to show me he's rocking his new look. Bye bye cargos! Thanks to his new approach to style, he's been promoted several times since then and (I like to think) it's even helped land him his dream catch. Don't you just love happy endings?
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Hire someone you have good chemistry with. A wardrobe consultant/shopper or organizer has got to be able to listen to your needs and care about you as a person to achieve your best look and stay true to who you are.