When I graduated college with a degree in Graphic Design from the University of Washington, I couldn’t find a job. I freelanced designing corporate identities for local businesses for a couple years, but was young and unfilled. At the will of my very convincing mother who knew I needed insurance, I secured a second job at Nordstrom in Downtown Seattle as a Salesperson in the Women’s Petite Department.
Admittedly, I didn’t think it was a real job; I had recently graduated college and saw myself working in a Design Studio and not selling clothes at a department store. On my first day, I met a women who was desperate. Her son was getting married, she was just under 5 feet tall, and was overwhelmed trying to find something memorable to wear to her special event. By the end of the day, not only had we found something that made her feel beautiful but we had found her shoes, handbag, jewelry, and makeup to complete the look . . . plus another suitcase of looks for events before and after the wedding. (Seriously.) Afterwards we took her husband to the Men’s Department, handed him a stiff martini and accomplished the same challenge for him. They were so happy I remember them tipping me $100 and told me to use it to buy myself a bottle of vodka because “I deserved it!”
This experience was eye opening to me. I always loved getting dressed and saw it as a way to express who I was and how I wanted people to see me. Up until that point, I had never been exposed to designers or labels, but cared more about body shape, fit, and proportion and how fashion could be incorporated into your everyday lifestyle. While working at Nordstrom, I encountered people who didn’t see getting dressed as a creative expression – they saw it as a stressful hassle. I needed to help.
It has been over ten years since that first day at Nordstrom, and since then I’ve had the opportunity to truly pursue what I love- styling both men and women for special occasions and events, Saturday mornings, and casual evenings with their family and friends. I believe style should be part of your everyday life and doesn’t have to be full of rules and “dry clean only” labels. I started my business so that I can help each one of my clients find function and creativitiy in their existing closets and never feel embarrassed to bump into people they know while out doing errands again.
So, why style… why not?