Designers Who Work It: Orlando Espinoza Transcends Both Time and Trend for the Working Woman

by Rachel Yeomans | November 6th, 2009

“Corporate was the first thing I noticed when moving to the city,” Orlando Espinoza told me during a visit to his Chicago-based showroom. Since moving to Chicago from LA, that was nine years ago. Since then Orlando Espinoza has earned the reputation of dressing the working woman in strong and confident ensembles that turn to… Read more…

Michigan Woman Starts a Business With Resale Wardrobes that Work

by Rachel Yeomans | October 27th, 2009

Stephanie Johnson is only 36 but, when the economy forced her out of a job, she decided it was time to implement her retirement plan. “I had always thought in my mind that I would have my own resale boutique,” Johnson said. “I said, ‘Let’s just go for it now.’ ” Today, she opens the… Read more…

Student Deals All for $20 or Under

by Rachel Yeomans | September 29th, 2009

Read ideal fashion finds (with an emphasis on frugal) relayed to you by Columbia student Jess T. via CollegeCandy.com. * * * The recession is bad news for anyone looking to get a job, save some money or sell a house. But it’s great news for fashionistas! Stores that were once dowdy and just screamed… Read more…

Fashioning One’s Job Skills. Planning Ahead in a Down and Changing Economy

by Rachel Yeomans | September 28th, 2009

Jill Mazur from Fashion Business, Inc. writes on preparation and planning ahead within the apparel industry. However, the facts and advice she offers translate to any industry. * * * When I say “Job Creation” I’m referring to new jobs or positions created in our industry, not the act of filling an existing position. For… Read more…

Glamour Turns the Recession to Your Shopper-tunity

by Rachel Yeomans | September 19th, 2009

Magazines are suffering in this economy, but that doesn’t mean magazine readers have to as well! Glamour Magazine is turning the recession into an ingenious business opportunity to gain new readers and make its existing demographic feel like they really are being cared for and the editors care about them, not just their bottom line…. Read more…

In Down Economy, Men Invest in Classic Pieces

by Rachel Yeomans | September 19th, 2009

How is the economy affecting the male work wardrobe? Read to see what Karen Nazor Hill of Chattanooga Times Free Press has to say: * * * The latest trends in men’s clothing may be hanging in your closet. Classic styles are recirculating this season, according to Bruce Baird, owner of Bruce Baird & Co.,… Read more…

Suit and Tie: Work Attire or Economic Risk?

by Rachel Yeomans | September 11th, 2009

Recently published in New American, Sheikh Hasina, the prime minister of Bangladesh, believes that the suit and tie cost too much money–not in regards to the price tag of the clothing, but rather toward savings on air conditioning. Hasina has ordered male government employees to stop wearing suits, jackets, and ties to save electricity–furthermore shirts… Read more…

Job Interview 101: Know the Office (and Outfit) You’re Applying For

by Rachel Yeomans | September 11th, 2009

I’ve written several posts on job interviews in the past, but I feel it’s a subject worth coming back to. You may be a student worrying about interviewing for your first job (or even your first career); you may be laid off and hoping that this one is the job for you; or you may… Read more…

Plus Size Sales Slimming Down

by Rachel Yeomans | September 2nd, 2009

Retail has taken a very hard hit this year, but when examining which segments of retail are getting hit the hardest, plus sizes seem to be taking rank. According to Freep.com, retailers such as Old Navy, Banana Republic and Ann Taylor, have taken their plus-size collections out of stores and are now selling them only… Read more…

Esprit Recovers from Economic Hit Through Store Expansion

by Rachel Yeomans | August 26th, 2009

Global fashion retailer Esprit posted a 40 percent fall in second-half profit, primarily due to its losses throughout its European market. How will the company get out of its slump? Apparently by attempting to expand–already being the world’s No. 6 fashion retailer by market value, it will be interesting seeing the results of growth. Plans… Read more…