Jeanette is an incredibly gifted stylist and all-around human being; quite frankly she's one of the best we've seen (and we've been around)! She is typically in the Denver store on Saturdays and at many of our Friday Night Wine Downs. We are beyond thrilled to share just a bit of her story here, and to offer a promo for her services (details below).
I had always loved fashion and beauty and after high school I started working overseas in humanitarian work. I worked as a director of volunteers in Jordan: when people first arrived my job was to make sure they understood basic Arabic, how to take a taxi, and how to shop the markets. But the first thing I would do is take them shopping. I would assess their wardrobe, where they were working, and let them know that if they wanted to be effective in this environment they had to change how they dressed. They were all expats, and they didn’t know how to contextualize to the Middle East.
I did that work with over one hundred volunteers a year, and the Arabs noticed. There’s a small percentage of women in Arab countries who can afford Louis Vuitton and other designer labels but they love their designers and they love dressing to the hilt and they took notice and wanted me to work with them. And it was always about more than fashion—people understood that this was about image, about being effective in your work, or for your platform.
Wardrobing here is less about image, it’s about saving time and money and wanting to look and feel good. But what I’ve learned is this: nobody—not here, not in the Middle East, not in refugee camps-- wants to dress in rags. We all feel better when we are dressed in clothes that we feel good about. That is something common. And there is something about getting dressed in the morning, about brushing your hair—it’s a ritual, no matter who you are or where you live-that expresses value.