A Sales Associate: Photo courtesy of flickr/Viva Vanista
Long before you walk into a store to shop and well after you leave, there is a world of behind-the-scenes activity that you never knew existed, thanks to the very hard work of the true fashion warriors – the sales associates. We may have just celebrated the Fourth of July but today I feel like honoring Labor Day. After my first few weeks as a client specialist at Talbots, I am acutely aware of those on the battle field of the fashion experience and how much we owe to them. They are the ones who stay close and personal with the customers and the product and they are the ones who set the stage for the day and tear it down just to bring it back again the next morning. And it is all done with seamless precision. I think of myself as a considerate shopper, but I never really thought about the fact that as soon as I put down an article of clothing someone is right there to fold it neatly and put it back in its proper place.
I hope you will take a moment to think about them the next time you shop. They work hard to make the shopping experience a pleasurable and productive one for us all. They are the real fashion warriors!
Photo by Lauren Hagerstrom
“We look for clothes that are timeless because they are ladylike, simple but not contrived, gimmicky or extreme, smart but not faddy, fashionable but not funky – chic and understated, the hallmarks of good taste .” ~ Nancy Talbot
I have just signed on to be a client specialist for Talbots and I am excited. My earliest memories of Talbots involve my mother; she would take me shopping with her and she introduced me to this world of classic design and elegance. I felt grown up just standing by her side. And here I am years later, opening the red doors to help women look and feel their best.
The Talbots story and heritage is special: Nancy and Rudolf Talbot opened the first Talbots store in 1947, just after the war. The store was located in a beautiful old house in Hingham, Massachusetts. They were entrepreneurs and forward thinkers, ahead of their time, with vision and artistry and an eye for color. Their daughter, Jane Winter, recalls: “They decided to paint the door red. It was mother’s favorite color and they wanted something dramatic.” The hallmarks for their stores were classic style, personalized and gracious service, and impeccable tailoring. The Talbots would become retail icons.
I hope to carry on the tradition of the Talbots as I open the red door!
My outfit: Talbots Stripe Casual Jersey dress; red belt, vintage; sandals, Prabal Gurung for Target