I met Claire Jacklin a few years ago through a family connection and we hit it off straight away!
Whenever I see Claire she is always immaculately presented and with over 20 years experience in the Fashion industry I can see why her clients look to her for her expertise!
At what age did you become interested in fashion?
It was around the age of 15 years old, I had a Saturday job in a local hairdressers and once I’d been paid, I would go to the Newsagents and buy myself a magazine and a bar of chocolate and read it that afternoon as a treat! It was then that I would dream into the fashion images and lust after the world portrayed to me on those pages. It just hit the spot for me and my talents at school were in art and English and I naturally gravitated to this area.
How important is Fashion Week for you?
It’s important in the sense that it gives me ideas and I get to see new brands and gain inspiration – if we are talking about London Fashion Week here! It keeps me on top of my game and I thoroughly enjoy the day out. I think it is important not to get complacent or to think you know everything, there is always something to learn and you should be eager and hungry to learn and get inspired.
Are you self taught or did you study to become a stylist?
I studied a four year Fashion Design, Marketing and Promotion Degree and then trained with leading Image Consultancy Aston & Hayes in London. I have been on numerous other styling courses too and have cherry picked the areas that I feel are relevant and client appropriate. I am proud of all the training I have had and am always keen to know more and more, you can never know it all!
Describe an average day for you as a Personal Stylist
If I am seeing a Client it is a case of doing the session which I will have prepped for and then spending time afterwards to record all of the information for them to re-visit. I like to get their style notes to the client that same day, as it is fresh in my head and completes the service. If I am not with a client I am usually writing for Penarth View or researching (I read as much as I can) and attending meetings – making connections is important.
What advice do you have for up and coming Stylists?
Invest in good training, you have to know the technical parts as well as having a creative flair. Make sure the timing is right i.e you train and then can begin your business. Start off slowly and do things well. Invest in your business and clients with integrity and passion. Never get complacent and always be polite!
What do you love most about your job?
Helping people, it is so much more than the clothes, there is a lot of psychology involved and Clients will approach you because they are lost for many different reasons. If I can make a difference to someone and help to increase their confidence, then that fills me with the greatest pleasure.
Find out more about Claire and her services by visiting her website: http://www.clairejacklin.co.uk
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