Friday, June 3, 2011

Saffiyah Jordan Rogers, Stylist & Owner of My Girlfriend's Closet (Boutique)

I recently caught up with the ever-stylish, New Jersey-based, stylist-turned-online-boutique owner, Saffiyah Jordan Rogers, to hear about her latest venture.

Q: Saffiyah, you recently made the transition from stylist to online boutique owner. What inspired the switch?
A: I’ve always dreamed of owning my own business. In particular a clothing boutique where I could share my vision of fashion with everyone.

Q: Where did you study fashion?
A: I’ve always been very stylish even as a child and I studied at the Fashion Institute of Technology.

Q: As a stylist, what is your aesthetic?
A: As a stylist my rule of thumb is to make sure that my clients feel comfortable in their own skin. If they feel good about themselves on the inside then it will resonate on the outside no matter what they’re wearing. I never try to force them into a particular style or look that doesn’t represent who they are and what they would like to portray.

Q: What are some of the difficulties of being a stylist that most people don't realize?
A: Being a stylist takes a lot of hard work. You must be flexible. You are sometimes on set for 12 hours a day. You also have to do a lot of researching of fashion trends. You are going to run into a lot of different people and personalities so at times you may have to humble yourself. Most important you have to hustle if you want to make it in this field. Since most of the jobs you receive as a stylist come from referrals of other clients that you have worked it’s always good to maintain positive working relationships.

Q: How do you overcome them?
A: Be Flexible! Keep an open mind. Don’t think it’s above you to start at the bottom. Any job you get no matter how small ALWAYS give 100%.

Q: What sets your online boutique, My Girlfriend's Closet, apart from the masses?
A: My boutique offers quality women’s apparel at affordable prices. Our clients range from size 2 to 22. We also offer personal styling sessions for clients that need a little extra help.

Q: What are your fashion-related plans for the future?
A: I intend to start my own Girlfriend’s Closet line of apparel.

Q: Nice! Can you leave us with any style tips?
A: What’s old will be new again. So never throw away your entire wardrobe. You can always mix and match the old with the new. Stay true to yourself and always let the real you shine through!

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1 comment:

  1. Love it thanks for the write up Meca!