Meet the Stylemakers -- Janel Alexander
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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 www.buildbyjanel.com. 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