The Fashion Advantage

fashion advantage

Director, The Fifth Avenue Club, Saks Fifth Avenue Chicago
Working in the fashion industry for over 30 years, Deirdre Bormes knows what keeps clients satisfied. Of the services provided by The Fifth Avenue Club, she boasts, “Elevating the art of personal service, Saks Fifth Avenue caters to entire families, offering a large private suite, food/beverages, alterations and same day delivery.” Saks also showcases items for a well-planned closet from hats down to shoes and everything in between.

Owner, The Haute Closet
Creating fashionable outfits for clients over 7 years old, April Francis pays attention to detail. Special requests are honored, as her motto is: “There is no sartorial situation we can’t handle, so if you’ve got a need that isn’t on the list, we’ve got you covered.” This includes meeting at the department store or your home, altertations, same-day delivery and cocktails/food. The biggest bonus? Haute Closet will pack your suitcase for your when you take your next trip!

Stylist, Trunk Club
The Trunk Club offers customer service, above and beyond. For starters, an Uber car picks you up and drive you to the Trunk club, where you’re be greeted with a drink of your choice (local Finch’s beer on tap, Peroni, wine, scotch, you name it…) at the 40-ft. bar complete with a giant flatscreen TV. There’s a secret VIP lounge if you prefer extra privacy and a 10,000 square foot roofdeck for relaxation. Other bonuses include an on-site tailor, a 10-day return policy and no styling fee.

Personal Shopper and TV Personality
In a class of his own, Tom Kolovos offers his clients a complete makeover, from head to toe. Mr. Kolovos’ black book is filled with expert referrals for makeup, hair, fitness and tailoring. He says that it’s easy: “It all starts with an initial in-home consultation with continued ‘upkeep’ as required and requested.” Offering same day delivery of items, you can own a new look by the evening.

Owner, Ladybug Vintage
Specializing in Schiaparelli, Stuart Mesires advises clients to “mix vintage with contemporary; never wear vintage from head to toe.” For a one-0f-a-kind look, Ms. Mesires won’t disappoint. She comes to your home and assist you with highly personalized advice. When alterations are necessary, she recommends a few choice vendors for delicate pieces.

Independent Stylist
Ready for a style with an edge? In need of an updated look, just turn to Ms. Berkun who is sure to rock your closet. She comes to your home with an assistant and enough clothes to make you positively cool. The added bonus, Ms. Berkun’s talent also lies in photography. Looks like it is time for a “before and after” photoshoot.

Owner, Beau Brummell Image Consulting for Men
Dressing men in Ralph Lauren, Hugo Boss, Levi Strauss and Tom Ford, Brittnie Romain’s objective is to make shopping for men more efficient and fun. “When I take my clients shopping, there is a dressing room already set up especially for them in the department store, filled with clothes that fit their specific needs and budgets,” she says. “I offer complimentary beverages and snacks to my clients as well as a gift bag filled with a vast array of grooming samples. Following this experience, I treat my clients to lunch.”

Personal Stylist
Located at 900 North Michigan Avenue on the Magnificent Mile, Juile Watson and her team of four offer “specialized packages targeted towards specific markets including teens, young professionals, and maternity.” On the 5th floor, Ms. Watson’s boutique offers an actual studio space set up like a cozy living room along with a private dressing room. Clients, female and male, sip on champagne while they try on clothing from any store of their choice in the city. If you aren’t in the market for making any new purchases, Ms. Watson’s team comes to your house and advise you on how to wear what you already own.

Personal Shopper, Neiman Marcus Michigan Avenue
Neiman Marcus offers impeccable personal service for its clients, including a food and beverage service, wardrobe consultation, same-day personal delivery, alterations and tailoring (competitively priced), and private appointments with preselected merchandise to make one’s shopping experience easier and more productive. An added bonus – a makeup makeover! As a personal shopper, Jimmy Korshak offers not only to dress his female clients, their significant others and their children, he also offers to do your gift shopping!

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About Cindy Burns

Currently writing for TCW's 'Woman About Town' column, Cindy Burns covers Chicago's social scene, events, fashion, and interviews women and men who are making a difference in the world. With an M.A. in American History from DePaul University, Ms. Burns is an author, freelance writer, avid reader and researcher. Ms. Burns has spent over 20 years serving on charitable boards and organizations, and currently serves as a member of the Women's Board of the Joffrey Ballet and the Women's Auxiliary Board of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicago. She is also an Honorary Member of the Children's Service Board of Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital. When Ms. Burns isn't running around Chicago covering current events, you can find her biking, on the tennis courts, or hiking in a mountainous region of her choice.