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Meet the Stylemakers -- Janel Alexander

Meet the Stylemakers -- Janel Alexander

Welcome to our Meet the Stylemakers blog series where we will introduce you to the designers, creators & rainmakers in our industry.  You will learn how they work, what makes them tick and where they find inspiration.  I hope you enjoy, feedback is welcome!  Have a perfect day! 
lisa lori 


Meet Janel Alexander -- Fashion Stylist, BuildbyJanel

-- Greenwich, CT -- 

 BUILDbyjanel is a personal fashion stylist working with clients

to organize, create and shop.

On any given day in Greenwich you can see fashion stylist Janel on the hunt for great fashion pieces, stylish and on trend, she exudes coolness. Janel has a particular eye for matching great statement pieces with her clients personal tastes.  She reviews a client's entire wardrobe and works to help the client edit & select the most important pieces to complement with new ones. 

With 15+ years in the industry specializing in fit with top retailers and designers, Janel works with both men and women who are looking for distinctive looks for both their personal and professional lives.  Based in Greenwich CT, Janel works with clients in the tri state area and virtually beyond.

"I believe there is a more modern way to manage a wardrobe. Especially in a world of too much, less truly is more and it is a cathartic experience to free oneself of excess and focus in on simply what works. I am a personal stylist who specializes in managing a closet from the inside out and seamlessly integrating your wardrobe with your life.  City life to suburbs, age, wisdom and humor taught me how to work with others on simply what I love doing!" - Janel

Where do you find your inspiration?

"Harder in the time of Covid-but i love myself some good old fashioned people watching-give me a bench a coffee and some music and i could be entertained for hours. I get this through NYC, travel, my clients, interior spaces. "
How can clients get started with you -- is there a minimum amount or opening fee? Should client plan for hourly or monthly payment plans?

"I charge hourly to allow clients to use me where I can be most effective. I like to start with a good closet edit. I can be so much more effective if I know what your lifestyle is and how you actually wear your clothing, what mistakes you have made and why (we’ve all been there and it usually reveals the most info) and just generally what you have that you need so we can work with it. Most importantly i take it away so you can thank it and get rid of it to better see between the weeds. Closets often truly are mini windows to our past and need to refectory more our present and future selves."
What type of work can client's book with you: Closet clean out, personal shopping, styling, etc.
"Closet edit, shopping brought to you to try in the comfort of your home, look books and  packing (when we get there again!) and we digitize your closet.
We help clients edit their closets, donate, upcycle or sell unwanted items and begin to BUILD anew."


How did you get your start as a stylist?  

I spent 15+ years in the fashion industry with top retailers and designers (such as J Crew, Calvin Klein, Banana Republic). I specialized in fit and pattern making which gave me a deeper understanding of how clothing is meant to fit on different body types and styles. City life to suburbs, age, wisdom and humor taught me how to work with others on simply what I love doing!!


Janel's Top Three Must Haves:

  • A great coat-A good investment piece-but once you find the right one-you can throw it over even a pair of PJ’s and no one will be the wiser!!
  • A great pair of boots or shoes-heels are great, but a go to pair of everyday boots or shoes can make or break an otherwise average look. 
  • Something that makes me feel uniquely me-my favorite (old) Celine sunglasses, a (non skinny) denim pant or a perfectly askew hemline. It’s about putting less effort into looking effortlessly put together!

What is the best way for clients to work with you and contact you?

My website and contact me page I try to get back you you within 24hrs to schedule a quick call so we can discuss how I can best be of help to you.What to learn more, visit Janel online! Website: www.buildbyjanel.comInstagram: @bulidbyjanel 

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Dispatch -- What is it like in Milano & London in the Age of Corona19?

Dispatch -- What is it like in Milano & London in the Age of Corona19?

A typical Milano market with incredible fresh food last year when I went for
one of the industry's biggest design fairs.  
After more than 30 years working in luxury good and PR, I thought you might like to hear from people around the world and how they are coping with the economic shut down.  Here are two stories from friends in London & Milano.  The impact has been devastating.  Check back later in the week for new cities.
Name: Martyn Evans                                   
Creative Director, U+I Group Real Estate PLC

What is the mood in your city?  How long have you been asked to shelter in place?  How long do you think it will last.  
London is a resilient city. It’s been burned to the ground many times - most famously in 1666 by a fire started in a bakery. The Luftwaffe did their worst in 1940 but, like New York after 9/11 we have bounced back. This will be no different. The bewildering factor here has been the speed and the extent of the lockdown. We were advised to practise social distancing and work from home from last Monday 16th but not enough people took heed and over the weekend, after the news was full of pictures of people gathering public parks and in pubs and restaurants, our Prime Minister made an address to the nation telling us in no uncertain terms to stay home. Everything except essential services is closed. We are not to gather in groups of more than 2 if at all. He said for three weeks, but I think we all think it will be longer - considerably longer. Hospitals are severely curtailing visiting and all events and gatherings except funerals have been banned. It feel surreal. Our food shops are struggling to cope with the demand - one side of the British nature has not shown itself well - too many people have been stockpiling essential supplies and there are now shortages of basic products like toilet paper and canned goods. But on the other hand, a huge swell of support has risen up for local independent stores who have been organising home deliveries, particularly to the elderly and vulnerable. And endless community programmes have been created to support those in most need.
What is the response within the business community now, do you know of any businesses that are reinventing themselves to help?
Video conferencing has become the new normal.  It was my birthday today and my team formed an online choir to sing happy Birthday to me this morning.  We are having to adapt quickly. It’s amazing how easily we have adapted with technology to home working - virtually overnight. But we are missing the cultural benefit of all being in the office together and we are struggling to work out how to keep it going. But we’ll get there...
How are you staying sane during this period?
Regular exercise, lots of calling friends, rationing news and eating healthily. Chocolate helps though…

Name:  Piera Mammini                      

Retired Beauty & Fashion Communications Professional

What is the mood in your city? How long have you been asked to shelter in place? How long do you think it will last.

 Milan is very affected by the virus, like all over the Region (Lombardy). Only today (March 24th) we had in Milan 743 new victims, and the infected people are in total around 3000. (source: Corriere della Sera, the biggest daily national newspaper). Therefore, it seems that those numbers are very underestimated, due to the difficulty to test all people with symptoms, and those hidden at their home.

At the beginning people from Milano did not realize how serious was the problem, so they continued their lives without any responsibility. Only in a second moment people understood the danger, even though still now there are some people (few) in the streets. But the same reaction has been all over the Country. We are famous for never following rules, isn’t it?

All shops are now closed (except food and pharmacies), all public and private offices are closed, schools and universities are closed, and cinemas, theatres, pub, restaurants, cafeterias. Everything. The coronavirus stopped our lives. Like a bad sorcery, our world doesn’t exist anymore.

At the moment we are asked to stay home until April 3rd, but every day our Prime Minister postpones the term. We don’t know, as a matter of facts.

I personally believe that it  will last until Summer, maybe not so strictly if (only if) we will arrive to stop new infections. My husband is a doctor and he says that.

Milan is a desert, never seen or even imagined before.

What is the response within the business community now, do you know of any businesses that are reinventing themselves to help?

Manufacturing industries are still working, paying some attention to preventative cautions for workers, but those are very worried about that: they are afraid of the danger of the virus, but also to loose their job. Some services companies allowed people to work from home, but they all are in a very strong pain. Smallest companies are really in danger.

Some textile industries has stopped the normal production to reconvert their products in protective masks that are very needed in hospitals, homes, communities, etc. And plastic producers of snorkeling masks reconverted them in protective masks as well. That is all I know.

I must say that many rich people and companies made very generous donations to hospitals to arrange new intensive therapy pavilions, adding new places for those who need help to breath.

How are you staying sane during this period?

My husband and I are both over 70, so we must absolutely stay home, since the beginning of March. We are both retired, we don’t have to work from home, as others (younger than us) do. Nowadays, no matter what is your age, everybody must stay home, young people and children too. Not only elderly people. Everybody.

Happily we live in a large apartment, we don’t have a garden but we have a terrace, so we have room enough to walk and move around, also to stay… alone, some moments in the day!

But we share TV watching, reading, listening music, playing Scrabble, cooking, also cleaning the house, because the woman who usually help us must stay at home too.

The day is very long, never ending. The best moment is at dinner time, because we connect us with my daughter and grand daughter, having dinner together, chatting on a video call. It is very funny and a big relief.

I buy food and other necessaries things through some supermarket online site, but we must wait many many days before they came, so it is important do not forget anything and to plan correctly our needs. Which means the wait is more or less two weeks and half. There are also small fruit & vegetables, meat, and dairy shops in our district that came at home more quickly, but they are very expensive because they doubled the prices… So I prefer to wait.

Can you imagine how difficult it is? No. if you don’t try.

I can’t say I am not afraid of the virus. I am. A lot. Most of all, for my child and her child. But staying home I hope we all will safely survive.

We all are also very worried about the economic situation waiting for us “after”. It will be a very hard part of our life. Lots of people will loose their jobs, small companies will disappear, and big one… I don’t know.

It is a war. We will see how to restart after

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Meet Maria Turkel: Wardrobe Stylist

Meet Maria Turkel: Wardrobe Stylist

As part of our current exhibition, we are spotlighting our exhibit partners for Sustainable, Upcycle, Perfect.  This week we are shining a spotlight on The Local Vault & Wardrobe Stylist Maria Turkel who we will be featuring at our upcoming event on March 28 -- for tickets click here.  To contact Maria, you can visit here website here.  

Maria Turkel is an entrepreneur with years of experience building connections and support between herself, her clients and local businesses. In 2007, she founded Maria Turkel Wardrobe Styling which has served clients from Fortune 500 companies to start-up CEOs to local philanthropists to teens who are just starting to define their personal style. Maria’s goal is to help her clients feel confident and authentic in their everyday lives through their wardrobe choices by editing and cleaning their closets, taking them shopping, building outfits head-to-toe and creating LookBooks that serve as tools to make getting dressed each day easy and efficient. Previously, Maria built a successful career in the film and television industry in Los Angeles. She is a former Wardrobe Supervisor on numerous shows including the iconic series, Friends. As a personal stylist, she has a vibrant email newsletter subscriber base and an engaged social media community. Her focus has always been to build deep, reciprocal relationships whether in Hollywood or Fairfield County.

Job: Personal Wardrobe Stylist
Hometown: Pittsburgh PA—Go Steelers/Pens/Bucs!!
Home Right Now: Riverside CT
Family: My amazing husband, Brad, and our delicious children, Lucie (20), Noah (18) and Sela (15)
Favorite Charities: Neighbor to Neighbor, CT Against Gun Violence and Greenwich Alliance for Education.


 1. When did you know you wanted to be a stylist?

I’ve loved clothing and the psychology behind why each of us chooses to wear what we do for as long as I can remember. It’s always been a part of me—appreciating that clothing is an art form we can wear, that we can use it to say something interesting about who we are deep inside, and that we can change the message as we go along each day.  It’s always been integral to who I am—documented by some pretty 'special’ outfits I created starting at the age of 3 when my mother gave up arguing with me about what I should wear.
2. If you could invite any two designers for dinner (dead or alive) who would they be?
Edith Head and Debra McGuire.  I chose costumer designers because I feel that the images we (collectively) have seen on screen have influenced exactly how we wear the beautiful pieces that are created by fashion designers. I’d love to hear Edith’s process especially in an era dictated almost entirely by men’s opinions (male studio heads, producers, directors, etc) and to spend time with Debra because I love her and miss working with her! She is so extremely talented and has contributed immensely to the everyday iconography of style.  Plus I think Debra and Edith would have an amazing conversation together and I’d learn so much from just listening to them.
3. What advice do you have for aspiring stylists today?
Get your foundational training—whether it’s fine arts, art history, fashion design, designing for TV/film/print—if you are thoroughly trained, you can work in any aspect of the field. 
4. Who are your (heroes) in real life?
People who quietly do good things
5.What is your greatest extravagance? 
6. Tell me about what you’re wearing & what is your go to outfit?
Personally, I don’t have go-to outfits (see number 11 below). Having said that, I help many clients create go-to outfits that work for them and their unique set of current circumstances.
For the launch of the #sustainable #upcycle #perfect exhibit, I wore my vintage cowgirl shirt to support the idea of a sustainable closet. If you have pieces you love, take care of them and wear them over and over. My shirt is in great shape even though it’s 18 years old (!!). Though I wear it infrequently, each time I do, I feel so confident and strong in it. I paired it with a turtleneck for the first time ever because I love that turtlenecks+blouses are having a moment.  Wearing my beloved cowboy boots would have been too expected, so instead, I chose black biker boots and cropped raw-hem blue jeans to give the top a bit of an edge.  I finished the whole look with my silver ‘birdie on a branch’ earrings.  For this outfit, it was go big and go bold with every element, but by keeping the color palette narrow and dark, the final product was not overwhelming or gaudy. 
7. Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
In my perfect world…
8.What’s the quality you most like in a human?
9. What do you consider your greatest achievement?
My relationships with my husband and 3 children
10. What is your motto? 
Every day is different
11. If you could name one goal for your business or career what would it be? 
My goal as a personal wardrobe stylist: Taking care of other women and helping them to recognize and express all of their unique and beautiful qualities

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Perfect Visit to NYC

Perfect Visit to NYC

Great Places to Shop, Eat & Drink in NYC
Last week our Perfect team checked out some old and new favorites for inspiration, fun and of course, shopping and eating. Here are some great places to visit next time you are in Manhattan.  

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Rising Star Awards Fashion Group International

Rising Star Awards Fashion Group International

We are absolutely thrilled to be nominated in the Retail Category for the Rising Star Awards hosted by Fashion Group International to be held at Cipriani on January 25th in NYC.

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My Paris

My Paris

I love Paris for more reasons than I could ever communicate in one or two blogs but I am going to try to give you a window into what I love about the City of Light, and why you should consider planning a visit.  For my first blog, I am going to give you a quick overview of what I love and some ideas for planning a visit.

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#smilemore, summer & the perfect tee

#smilemore, summer & the perfect tee

Hello Summer!!  Here on the East Coast, we are absolutely thrilled with the start of summer weather after such a harsh winter; seeing our flowers bloom, our brown grass turn green, and experiencing the joy of feeling the sunshine on our face, is such a blessing.  My peonies are just beginning to bloom, and they are one of my all time favorite flowers.  They smell and look gorgeous.  I've stepped up my running game again, now that the weather is warm (no excuses!), and cut back on all those winter sweets I had been indulging in.  Time for getting back to a whole food health and life. Summer, maybe even more than a new year for me, is about realigning, refocusing and getting back to basics. With that in mind, we have two special treats that say summer to me when you order your Perfect Provenance products -- you will receive one of them as a gift when you order this summer.  We won't ruin the surprise, you will just have to wait and order and see!

The Broadway Boys at the Smile Gala in NYC performing in our Smile collection tees.

We are loving all of our friends and family who have posting their pics of #smilemore tees to social media, and love the idea of this going viral. Thank you and please continue to help us spread the love!  From Florida to California and back to Connecticut, we smile every time we see these photos.

In addition to previewing our new collection of #smilemore tees to benefit Operation Smile, launching the website and getting up and running, we have been very busy here at the Perfect P developing our new product lines.  I cannot wait until you see. smell and experience our new products.  These last few weeks I have been sketching and designing our jewelry, which I would describe as modern, chic and edgy, all wrapped in one!  I am collaborating on the design with a jeweler I have adored for years -- Zig Zag Jewelers on Madison Avenue. Our designs together are based on principles I believe in and love  -- balance, architecture and beauty. Each design will be our own special, delicate creation and really represent the look and feel.,materials and aesthetic, I want our company to symbolize.  

Our home fragrance line of candles samples also arrived this week. We now test their 'burn' which means we are burning the candle in our home, and living with it to make sure it is just right.  We have spent weeks smelling oils and 'mods' (modifications) with our perfumery partner Symrise (a former PR client of mine) that represent different ideas that I have had in my mind for years.  The fragrance concepts represent different memories, ideas in my life that speak to me and I hope speak to you.  Sensory ideas that evoke peace, happiness, nature, and more.  Years and years ago, I wanted to open a candle store because I have always loved how scent can transform a mood and a room.  I have spent much of my career working in the fragrance business. and it is true luxury to bring these ideas to life now with my extremely creative friends in perfumery.  


I'm off to enjoy this beautiful weekend.  Hope yours is safe, happyand healthy.  

xoxo lisa

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