Name: Jennifer Eve Eisner
Location: New York City
Education: Emory University, Business/Psychology Major; Parsons The New School for Design, Fashion Design
Job title: Stylist and Personal Shopper (JenniferEveStyle.com)
What she does: Does getting paid to shop until you drop sound like a dream come true? For Jennifer Eisner, that dream is a reality. Jennifer is a professional shopper. She knows what pairs well with what and on what body and personality type. Think you can’t afford a personal stylist? Think again. Personal stylists aren’t just for the rich and famous. If you can afford those designer jeans and Marc Jacobs bag, you can and should afford and hire a stylist. “Everyone can benefit from a wardrobe edit. This consists of a closet clean-out where we determine what stays and what goes, how to put together new outfits, and what items should be purchased,” says Jennifer. She also educates clients on what colors and cuts are most flattering for their specific body types. “I also help clients shop for special occasions, new jobs, baby bodies, post-baby bodies, and everything in between,” says Jennifer. “Because I am not affiliated with a specific store, I’m able to customize each client’s shopping experience based on age, budget, etc.”
How she got her gig: Jennifer has been in the fashion biz for almost ten years! She always knew this was the career path for her, besides a minor stint in finance. “For as long as I can remember, I’ve had an opinion about what a person should or should not be wearing. My business is about bringing out the beauty of those around you. I absolutely love meeting new people and helping them actualize their best, most beautiful selves,” says Jennifer.
Memorable Moments: The ability to make a woman see herself in a new and positive light is the most gratifying part of her gig. “The most rewarding moment of my job is when a woman comes out of the dressing room, after swearing up and down that something won’t look good, positively shocked and beaming with confidence. That “ah ha” moment when someone sees herself as unexpectedly beautiful is definitely the most rewarding part of my job,” says Jennifer.
Required Reading: Jennifer knows that fashion is a fast-paced business, and it’s one of her top priorities to stay up on the trends in the industry. “I’m constantly perusing the internet, scanning fashion blogs, and checking out style.com,” says Jennifer. How else does she keep up on the latest and greatest in fashion? By shopping, of course! “I also frequent some of my favorite department stores for browsing purposes only. I love the selection of bridge lines at Saks, the shoes, scarves, and handbags at Bergdorf’s, and the designer collections at Barney’s,” says Jennifer.
Designer Dream Team: Jennifer’s dream connection is designer Olivier Theyskens. His edgy aesthetic and impressive resume is a major draw for the style maven. “He has created custom garments for celebrities and has worked as the creative director for Rochas and as the artistic director for Nina Ricci. He was just recently named the artistic director for Theory,” says Jennifer. “His canvas is consistently unique, carefully executed, and simultaneously gothic and feminine. In short, his work is utterly moving.”
Shop Till you Drop: Jennifer handle’s stress like a typical fashion-obsessed woman: she shops. “I also eat frozen yogurt. My favorite is when I am able to eat frozen yogurt amidst a furious shopping frenzy,” says Jennifer.
This job’s for you if: you have a thick skin. “Fashion is a tough field. There’s always someone telling you that you aren’t good enough, or creative enough, or passionate enough. If you believe in yourself and have a unique voice, then don’t let anyone keep you from achieving your dreams,” says Jennifer.
Lesson Learned: “I’ve learned that the only opinion that matters is my own. I know how much I love what I do. I know that I’m able to affect positive change in some small way. It has taken a long time to admit how much I love helping women transform into their best, most glamorous, confident selves,” says Jennifer. She’s also stopped questioning the worth of her work: “Now that I’ve embraced this path, I’ve achieved a certain level of confidence in that what I’m doing is pretty important.”