Growing up in rural Minnesota, Jill comes from a land better known for farming and fishing than fashion. So when she decided she wanted pursue her passion as a career path she moved from her small home town to a life of intense contrast in the big city of Chicago. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Fashion Merchandising from the Academy of Design & Technology, graduating among the top of her class.
Since getting her degree, Jill has worked in many different facets of the fashion industry. She's accumulated over nine years on the sales floor working with customers of all shapes, sizes, styles and spending budgets. She has also dabbled in the wholesale division and spent several years on the e-commerce side of the selling, at both the designer & discount levels.
Rejecting the corporate structure in favor of a more creative route, Jill has always found herself working for small companies. Being limited by a lack of bodies or budget at times has challenged Jill to approach obstacles from a fresh perspective, finding innovative & resourceful solutions. Self-taught on many topics and tasks, Jill's tenacious spirit has turned her into a “Jill-of-Trades”. From creating compelling marketing campaigns to making sense of computer coding, schlepping shopping bags to executing full-blown organizational overhauls - where there’s a will & Jill, there’s a way!
Some might say Jill’s eclectic sense of style is slightly off-kilter – but one thing is certain, it’s always on-point & completely her own. She gravitates toward the bohemian fundamentals of fashion – not just the playful prints, flowy fabrics, and fringe, but the idea of individuality – embracing your unique personality and expressing it through the way you dress. A free spirit through-and-through, her outfits may sometimes seem a little “out there”; but in reality, her “thrown together” looks are actually thoughtfully-planned out - for it’s in the fine details where her perceptive eye pulls everything together. Whether she’s wearing a Harley cut-off & one of her father’s farm flannels, a billowy blouse & her favorite riding boots, or working a layered look around one of her many statement scarves, Jill has mastered making “effortlessly everyday” look just that – effortless.
When it comes to styling, Jill has learned to trust her instincts. She has an innate sensibility of what to wear and how to wear it. Playing with proportions, mixing classic with cutting edge, and breaking up simple separates with statement pieces are just some of the things on her agenda. Her uncanny ability to make opposites align, cleverly combine unexpected color combos, and intertwine the trendy with the timeless is instantly intriguing – fashion-forward, but never forced.
Her vision will always go outside the lines you brought with you; but when she steps inside the closet to style, magic starts to happen.