In Conversation with Jamie Lewis of Styled By Jamie Lewis

Jamie Lewis_Blog Header

Describe Styled By Jamie Lewis in a few words?

Personal styling services for women wanting guidance on defining and fine tuning their personal style.

What made you take the leap to start your own business?

COVID made me re-evaluate where I wanted my career to go and a desire to independently build something .

What was your background prior to starting your own business?

10+ years in luxury retail with various roles surrounding visual merchandise and wardrobe styling.

Did you always know you wanted to be an entrepreneur?

Truthfully, I’m not sure I ever saw myself as an entrepreneur in a real sink or swim situation but now I would never have it any other way. To be able to earn an income that you have created through a vision really is an accomplishment. 

Take us back to when you first launched your business, what was your marketing strategy to get the word out and did it go as planned?

My business is still so new, only six months in and my strategy was small by design. Keep costs as low as possible and grow off the clientele that I had spent years building in my previous role. My industry really is a referral based industry; it has somewhat gone as planned although I have also learned to continue to pivot and think larger.

We always learn the most from our mistakes, share a time with us that you made a mistake or had a challenging time in business and what you learned from it?

I naively assumed when first telling clients of my new venture that because they were loyal to me in one setting it would translate to them wanting to continue my services in another setting. I learned fast I had better have my elevator pitch ready and be able to clearly explain all of my services instantly to anyone with confidence.

What is the accomplishment you are the most proud of to date?

Taking the leap to start this business during the height of a pandemic. I had a vision of what I wanted to do and followed my gut to go for it.

How has your business or industry been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic?

COVID has created a need for the personal styling industry to pivot their services into a virtual setting. A year or two ago, the thought of doing a closet edit or shopping experience virtually really was not on the radar and now there are multiple platforms to help guide these services and really grow with them to a larger audience.

What’s next for your business? What can we expect to see over the next few years?

I see personal styling as an attainable service for all ambitious women wanting guidance in elevating their wardrobe. I see growth in unique services offered in the virtual world at entry level price points from my membership club, to shopping links direct to your inbox. All women can have a touch of personal styling and really use the services as a resource for themselves.

What is the biggest lesson you have learned in 2020?

To embrace some of the curve balls thrown at us, it’s only going to make us push harder and question our values and where we want to be.

What do you know now that you wish you knew when you were first starting your business?

Have people in your corner you can learn from and keep educating yourself. Honestly, a year ago I never really understood the importance of having a mentor and/ or business coach and now I have surrounded myself with a handful of women that I can bounce ideas off of and seek guidance from. Having a small network of like minded individuals that you can consistently learn from is so crucial for your growth both professionally and personally.

How have you managed to stay grounded this year?

I’ve been inside a New York apartment with a 2.5 year old. Learning the patience of being attached to him while growing my business has without a doubt kept me grounded.

Do you believe in work/life balance? What are some of your best tips?

Yes, that was one of my biggest lessons this year! COVID showed me that it’s okay to slow down and appreciate little moments.  You do not need to check your social platforms, emails, etc while you are still in bed and it is okay to decompress and have time for yourself.

What’s something our audience would be surprised to learn about you?

I am an extreme introvert and very socially awkward. I love styling and wearing an outfit that makes me feel great but it does not come naturally to me to introduce myself to new people and I really need to force myself daily to go outside of my comfort zone.

What are your top 3 tips to stay productive each day?

Time blocking schedule/ step away and take a walk/ declutter your surrounding.

What does being an Entreprenista mean to you?

Sky’s the limit and we’ve taken a risk in our financial futures because we truly believe in our message and what we are trying to do. 

Share it!

Posted in

Leave a Comment

How to achieve a life of financial freedom with Alisha Pennington of ATvantage Athletic Training

Describe your business in a few words? Empowering, Dynamic, and Comprehensive. What made you take the leap to start your own business? I have been a business owner in a very niche industry (athletic training) for almost 10 years, so I have experienced the freedom and flexibility that comes with being a business owner. My…

How Jenny Strebe used positive affirmations and crystal healing to create her modern haircare brand AIIR Professional

Describe AIIR Professional in a few words? A modern haircare brand that is focused on well being through positive affirmations & crystal healing. What made you take the leap to start your own business? As I was driving every aspect of my stylist business and social media facets, the peace and relief I found in…

How FLyQuest CEO Tricia Sugita is using the esport platform to affect real change and make people happy

Describe your business in a few words? FlyQuest is an esports organization competing in the franchised League of Legends League Championship Series (LCS). What made you take the leap to help transform FlyQuest into the organization it is today? One of my primary goals throughout my career in esports has been to create a community…

Lauren Montgomery, founder of Monty’s, on making simplicity the new sophistication through her line of plant-based dairy products

Describe your business in a few words? Monty’s makes clean and craveable plant-Based essentials like cream cheese and butter that nourish your mind & body. With simplicity and nutrition at the core of the brand, Monty’s selection of cream cheeses and butter are made from real-food ingredients and crafted using time-honored techniques like fermentation. What…

How Maradith Frenkel turned bamboo into pajamas for the whole family with Little Sleepies

Describe Little Sleepies in a few words? We make buttery soft bamboo sleepwear that your whole family will love. What made you take the leap to start your own business? I saw a white space in the market after I had my son. I absolutely could not find a sleeper that checked all of the…

Erin Coles couldn’t find exactly what she was looking for in a band for her wedding so she launched her own — The Metropolitan Players

Describe your business in a few words? The Metropolitan Players is a wedding band collective based out of NYC – so we provide incredible music for weddings! What made you take the leap to start your own business? When my husband and I were planning our own wedding, we couldn’t find exactly what we were…

Azora Zoe Paknad on creating a new entry point to sustainability with Goldune

Describe Goldune in a few words? We make sustainability less beige! What made you take the leap to start your own business? I was into the sustainability world, personally and professionally, but I didn’t see myself in any of the dominant narratives I saw on Instagram or online in general. On one end of the…

Elisa Marshall on creating warm, French-inspired spaces with Maman, a collection of NYC-based cafés and venues

Describe your business in a few words? Maman is a New York City-based collection of cafés and event venues, offering family inspired recipes with French influences in a warm and welcoming home like environment  What made you take the leap to start your own business? Before I opened Maman, I had many passions and there…

Kim Hehir, co-founder of Brutus Broth, on enhancing your dog’s health through specially formulated bone broth

Describe your business in a few words? Brutus Broth is the latest innovation in pet health, made with human-grade bone broth that has been specially formulated to enhance any dog’s existing diet by adding beneficial nutrients, amino acids, and joint protecting supplements. What made you take the leap to start your own business? Sue’s dog…

How a lack of female empowerment in the real estate industry lead Marina Shiferman to create her business, The Real Estate Academy

Describe your business in a few words? I teach women how to buy and own real estate correctly so they can be the bad ass queens of their own lives. What made you take the leap to start your own business? I was a realtor for 10 years, I loved it but something was missing.…

Carla Olivia on revolutionizing the beauty bar experience with DashBar

Describe your business in a few words? DashBar is beauty made efficient! We are one stop beauty and wellness for the modern woman. What made you take the leap to start your own business? I have been an entrepreneur since I was 22 years old. I started my first business because a great opportunity was…

Christina Matteucci (a.k.a TeucciMama) on her 19-year tenure as the ultimate Number Two

Describe your business in a few words? I’m Christina Matteucci, Executive Director of David Beahm Experiences and proud “Number Two” to celebrity event designer David Beahm. I’ve produced legendary soirées all around the globe, but it’s my unique, 19-year tenure as the ultimate Number Two that qualifies me as a sought-after speaker and coach. In…

Niki Shadrow Snyder on coining the term “givefluencer” and making an impact with the Project Pop Drop foundation

Describe your business in a few words? My husband and I started the idea for the Project Pop Drop foundation on our first date. Our business sponsors a monthly drop off at a different homeless shelter each month. We spearhead these donation events with our children, and with local businesses and schools. We call this…

How Natasha Case of Coolhaus is disrupting the dessert space with cutting-edge ice cream creations

Describe Coolhaus in a few words? We are an innovative dessert company, specializing (for the time being) in ice cream/ice cream novelties. We are known for thinking outside the box, super unique partnerships, a truly cutting-edge brand identity and an inventive way of entering the marketplace with our trucks, brick and mortars, and now national…

How Jennifer Jolorte Doro used strategic partnerships to build Nouri from the ground up

Describe Nouri in a few words? Supporting people to feel their best. What made you take the leap to start your own business? I wanted something of my own. I’ve worked for many successful entrepreneurs and I knew I could do “it” my way and really enjoy it. What was your background prior to starting…