Today we’d like to introduce you to Jaye Ew.
Jaye, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
My journey as a professional wardrobe stylist started exactly on March 24, 2019. Prior to that date; a close friend sent me a flyer for a Stylist seminar in LA and it immediately captivated my interest. What intrigued me most was this seminar was educating on the business components of becoming a paid stylist. Having a background in retail management for over five years in my hometown of Michigan; I was certainly no stranger to styling clients and building interpersonal relationships. However, I was doing so corporately without a proper “know how” of how I could make my passion my very own business. I immediately knew I was attending this seminar. I asked my friend, “Are you coming with me? Or am I road tripping solo?” She immediately responded “Let’s go!” Fast forward back to March 24th attending this seminar was a very pivotal moment for kick starting my career.
Upon attending the seminar, I gained so much knowledge about working in the fashion industry as a paid stylist. I learned about pricing and setting my rates, where/how to pull clothing, how to get clients, and so much more. Returning to Las Vegas, I was so inspired and eager to apply all that I just learned; and that’s exactly what I did! I immediately began introducing myself to professionals the area and to my surprise they were willing to work with me despite having little to no work to show at that time. From photographers to models, from makeup artist to designers; next thing I knew I had successfully built strategic relationships with some incredibly talented professionals which has helped me with building clientele and even more so with being published in numerous fashion magazines.
I’ve currently been a professional wardrobe stylist for about nine months now. In that time, I have been published over ten times in fashion magazines such as Shuba, HorionT, Flanelle, and Piction to name a few. In addition, I have also built a loyal clientele and had the opportunity to style A-List clients for the BET Soul Train Awards last year (2019). Present day, I have been sought out by some very talented designers (up-and-coming & established) to come abroad as a Creative Director, and life continues to move at lightning speed.
A lot of my success, I truly attribute to attending that stylist seminar early last year. It equipped me with the tools and the confidence to embark on this exhilarating journey.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
The journey certainly has not been the most smooth. In the beginning, though some people were willing to help me, a lot were not. A big obstacle was getting professionals who are a lot further along in their career to aid me in getting started, Some people would respond, “Oh nice, I’ll keep you in mind” and I’d never heard back. I didn’t let that discourage me however. I continued to work with those who were open to working together and I continued to produce content. Eventually, those people who didn’t respond or whom shrugged me off–they reached back out to commend me on the work I was putting out and wanted in on the action.
Another big struggle for me was getting clothing. In Las Vegas there are no showrooms to pull from like NYC or LA. Therefore I had to get creative in my ask for requesting garments. I began reaching out to smaller brands and boutiques to source clothing and that was just the start I needed. Soon after, I built relationships with designers and other brands to source clothing. Using what I had access to was a big aid in overcoming this challenge. It gave me clothing to create content in order to reach out to bigger brands and designers as I do present day.
Last challenge I faced was road mapping this all out on my own. I have never assisted a celebrity stylist or high profile stylist to be able to see how to structure my business or to introduce me to contacts. Being bold enough to introduce myself and having the confidence in being able to deliver given the opportunity helped me tremendously to overcome this opposition.
Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Dressed by Jaye – what should we know?
Dressed by Jaye is an image consultant business. I am an image consultant/wardrobe stylist whom has a passion for providing clients elements of style, confidence, and success that will enrich their daily lives and help align their public image with their personal and professional appearance. I specialize in curating style for clients in accordance to their lifestyle, shape, and personality. Most recently, I’m becoming quite popular for my fashion editorials and magazine placements.
I am most proud of the number of accomplishments I’ve had in such little time. I didn’t start my business with the intentions to work with celebrities or prominent figures. I also never had intentions of being in fashion magazines, nor styling for red carpets. However, the passion and love I have for what I do has lead to those positions, and that for sure is something I hold close to heart and makes me far beyond proud.
What sets me apart from my peers is certainly my exuberance. Style is truly the love of my life, and providing such is something I take very seriously and with great pride. I aim to not only be renowned for my styles but even more so the experience had while working together. I treat my clients like family and I want them to feel and know it’s not about monetary gain or advancement, but more so it’s about the process of refining yourself as a brand. With this in mind, I named my business after my nickname. Although my actually name is Jeramie Ewing, all my friends and loved ones call me “Jaye Ew”. Being conscious of such, I named business under “Jaye” because for me it’s not just business, but it’s very personal!
Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
There is absolutely no way I would be in this moment without Brittany Diego and Jamar Hart. They are the celebrity stylist who spear headed the stylist seminar I attended. Jamar & Brittany are more than mentors; they are living examples that you too can do it. Jamar is actually from Michigan as I am, and I took his inspiration straight to “hart”. He’s been amazing in being available for any questions and helping me to understand. My fear leaving that class was afterwards not having a support system to continue advancing forward. However, he has truly be amazing in being available and answering my random questions as they arise.
Brittany Diego has been equally encouraging and supportive after the workshop. We’ve chatted and touched base about all the things that’s been happening for me. I love that she challenges me to write my goals down to measure how close I am to completing them. She calls it setting “SMART” goals. Doing so has helped me in such a huge way to accomplish so many of my goals, and to continue to set bigger ones as I do so.
- Consultation $50 *Flat Fee*
- Personal Shopping $85/look
- Fashion Styling $100/Look
- Website: www.dressedbyjaye.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/Dressed.by.Jaye/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dressed.by.jaye