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Hidden Gems: Meet Meg Gallagher

Today we’d like to introduce you to Meg Gallagher.

Hi Meg, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
I was raised and educated in Philadelphia, PA where I fell in love with fashion early on. I studied at the Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science, earning a BS in Fashion Design before moving to NYC to become a clothing designer/director for over ten years. I eventually took a hiatus from the fast-paced fashion world to have my two beautiful boys. But while my family brought love, laughter, exhaustion and a new sense of purpose, I still missed fashion and working with people face-to-face. Unfortunately, the relentless pace of clothing design seemed unrealistic for a mother of two. So I made a life-changing decision to take my love of fashion in a different direction. I attended the Image Consulting program at the Fashion Institute of Technology and jump-started a career as a Personal Stylist. That was 12 years ago and I’ve never looked back! Since then, I have become an award-winning stylist working bi-coastal between LA and NYC. My clientele includes those in music, tv, and film; doctors, executives, entrepreneurs, as well as both stay-at-home moms and those looking to get back into the workforce. As a freelance wardrobe stylist, I’ve brought my sense of style to TV shows, fashion influencers, and red carpet events including the Oscars, Emmys, and Golden Globes. Through the success I’ve shared with clients and my involvement in the community, I was awarded a CBS Best of LA Personal Stylist honor, a distinction I am very proud of.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
I wonder whether anyone has ever had a smooth road starting and running a business? I am a stylist, a creative and an idea person. Creating comes easily to me — but there is a whole other side to running a business I had to learn; the marketing, technology, sales, etc. These aspects are what take the most effort and at times can be challenging….and expensive! In terms of obstacles, I had to pivot my business when digital styling began a few years ago. The Stitch Fixes and Trunk Clubs of the world disrupted the personal styling landscape by pitching that you could build a wardrobe and work with a stylist for free. What these sites did NOT do is actually build a wardrobe, nor teach you about fit and tailoring – they just added clothes to your already dysfunctional closet. So my team and I doubled down on our marketing, continued to give our clients high-touch styling services and work face-to-face. Ultimately these digital styling platforms went full circle and became more product-based instead of service-based because clients were not getting the results they wanted. But I have been and always will be there for my clients to deliver the results, creativity and care they want both in-person and/or virtually. Covid, of course, has been one of the biggest challenges for anyone with a business. We had already been working virtually with clients who live outside of LA, but in this last year we have amped up and molded our services to work with new clients as well as my existing clientele. Our hybrid styling services have been very successful; a mix of virtual and in-person work. We continue to stay agile with our services, creative with our inspirational marketing and communicative with our client base and readership.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know?
I offer bi-coastal styling to women and men, helping them navigate and excel at dressing for their individual lifestyle and needs. Through my unique styling services, extensive fashion background and warm personality, I bring confidence and happiness to my clients. With their wardrobe and closet more in control, they no longer are in a state of stress and paralysis over their outward appearance and can begin to feel a sense of calmness and confidence. My work empowers clients to move beyond body image hurdles which in the past had inhibited them from defining their selves in terms of style and acceptance. Together, we close the gap between who my clients are and who they want to be. My business is everything to me but it does not happen alone. I have a team, Keli and Meredith, who both bring distinctive talents to the table. We continually strive to raise the styling bar to a whole new level through our one-of-a-kind offerings, like our Mobile Lookbook™, an innovative style guide we curate of head-to-toe outfits at your fingertips accessible through mobile, desktop or tablet. As well we publish our long-running fashion blog,–a full collection of applicable how-to-wear tips, trending fashion, emerging designers and insider shopping news. It arrives weekly in your inbox and brings inspiration, creativity and education to the reader. Trust me, this is not to be missed—and it’s free!

Do you have any advice for those just starting out?
Yes, becoming a stylist has a very glamorous appearance. It looks fun with all the fabulous clothing, jewelry, shopping and traveling. But the truth is — styling is a lot of hard work, heavy lifting, long hours on your feet and being confident in building relationships. My advice to those considering a styling business is to do your homework. Talk with other stylists. Intern if you can so you learn more about what the day to day is like. Take classes and study different aspects of the field (style, fashion history, color, etc.). Just because you like to shop does NOT make you qualified. Research starting a business by exploring and map a blueprint of what your business might be like. Who is your target market? What is your niche? And most importantly, how will you build your client base? Because a business is not a business without clients.

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Chelsea Lauren Cathryn Farnsworth Samantha Jacoby

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