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Effortless Perfection

As a member of the “behind the scenes” team at Jophiel, I am in awe of the extensive knowledge that our seasoned stylist(s) possess. Our stylists know just what to do when it comes to customizing garments to meet the needs of the clientele.  There are countless tailoring solutions- gowns shortened, pants hemmed, pockets removed, sleeves adjusted, darts added, etc. This recognition ensures that our clients have a custom fit with little worry of garment malfunction. To learn more about the alterations process, I sat down with Nancy Stuck, Stylist & Vice President of Sales and Merchandising. What factors go into knowing if an item needs alterations? "It depends on the client’s body type.  Every client has individual challenge(s) when...

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Personal Styling FYI: Fabric Weight

I have recently been reminded by a few clients that the weight of their garments is so important to them.  I often take this for granted with the quality of apparel we select for our clients, but actually it is a unique and often underrated feature of a garment.  For years, designers, dressmakers, and tailors used weights to keep a garment hanging correctly.  These weights were sewn into the hemlines of skirts, dresses, and jackets so that everything stayed straight and even and they could be used with all types of fabrics.  But today we seldom use them, unless it is for drapery. Are they passé, or is it just that technology has moved us in other directions to achieve...

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How To Organize Your Closet

“Closet, Closet…what shall I wear today? Oh and by the way, Closet where is my favorite turtleneck, have you moved it on me unaware?"Have you swallowed up my favorite tees?O, dear Closet you have become so crowded and disorganized." "I think you may need to purge and rid yourself of those unsightly things.Can you do it, can you part with what is out of style and doesn’t fit?  Can you become again a beautiful, fashionable and functional Closet?  I hope so as you are one of my favorite places to be." There is no easy way around it, closet cleaning can take time and energy.  We do it for clients and it can be an all day thing, but we've developed...

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Style Astrology

Style, as inconstant as the moon, that monthly change in her seasons trends. So how do we keep track?  We asked Nancy, Jophiel’s VP of Sales and Merchandising who oversees all Jophiel stylists and organizes the floor so our color stories and looks flow, to help shed some light on how to filter through the retail of fashion to understand style and what the difference is. How many years have you worked in fashion retail? Time has gone so fast! Over 40 years. Of those years how many would you say you really owned the title of, as we like to say at Jophiel, a Fashion Advocate, not just a stylist? Twenty to twenty-one. You have to understand, fashion was my...

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