Today we’d like to introduce you to Amy Levenson.
For nearly three decades, Amy Levenson has worked in the fashion industry as a designer, retail buyer, and wholesale representative, and for the past 17 years, as a a wardrobe stylist and personal shopper. Amy graduated from The University of Texas with a degree in Fashion Merchandising and following graduation, moved to the West Coast to jump-start her career in fashion. Her professional journey began at The California Mart in Los Angeles as a wholesale showroom manager.
One year later, Amy returned to her hometown of Dallas, and opened her own showroom, “Amy’s Collection”, at the Dallas Apparel Mart. During those fourteen amazing years, she represented over eighty-five lines of women’s clothing and accessories and went on to open two more showrooms in New York and Atlanta.
Amy’s fashion career is diverse. She has designed three of her own lines of contemporary sportswear. Additionally, she is collaborating with many retail stores including Nordstrom, Rebecca Taylor, Elie Tahari, numerous boutiques, and the world-renowned Stanley Korshak. Amy also has applied her passion for fashion as a stylist on numerous magazine photo shoots. She makes public appearances and gives presentations on creating a well curated wardrobe that enhances self esteem.
Amy is dedicated to working with women of all ages and sizes to discover their own personal style. Her clients have related phrases like “you have helped me simplify my life”, “you have given me courage and self-esteem which carries over into all aspects of my life”, and “my closet is now my happy place”. When her client’s describe the effectiveness of Amy’s client-centered approach to a more minimalistic and simplified wardrobe, she has impacted the lifestyles of many, both personally and professionally.
Style by Amy services include closet makeovers (PURGING), wardrobe assessment, personal shopping and outfit coordination incorporating the old with the new.
You may have caught one of Amy’s fashion segments on “Good Morning Texas”. Amy also takes pride in being the former fashion editor for “Good Life Family” magazine.
Amy was born and raised in Dallas and attended The Episcopal School of Dallas. She has three amazing boys! Grant, her oldest, is a junior at The University of Texas, Braden is a senior at The Shelton School, and her youngest, Carson, is in the 7th grade at Highland Park Middle School. Amy has proudly served on the Board of Directors of Heart House Dallas and The Episcopal School of Dallas.
According to Amy… “I can’t help but style everything in my life; just ask my boys! One day, I hope they will appreciate the importance of a well-organized closet as much as a well-stocked fridge!”
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
The toughest challenge is the same every working mom faces; and that is trying to figure out a balance between being a mom, having a career, and taking time for myself (which seems to come in 3rd place). My boys have been very supportive but understandably they do get frustrated in my car when shopping bags hit them in the back of their heads, or I have to stop and “make one more return” after having already done four. My work never stops. Late nights consist of invoicing and paperwork and weekends are either creating my next stylist email or visiting with my clients that are not available during the week. I make it a 24/7 career so thankfully, I LOVE WHAT I DO!
Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Style by Amy – what should we know?
Style by Amy is a full-service stylist and wardrobe consulting service. I cultivate and establish meaningful relationships with my clients which leads Style by Amy to be a positive force in their lives. I create a personalized wardrobe that not only meets daily needs but also builds self-confidence. In a very short time, my clients dress in flattering clothes that work with their lifestyle and express their unique personalities. We stand out from similar services because of our strong relationships and personal resources. Earning trust and confidence by delivering professionalism in a caring and service-minded manner is top priority.
When I first meet with a new client, we go through an intake interview during which I ask specific questions about their work in and outside the home, volunteer positions, meetings, social events, travel, family lifestyle, likes and dislikes, style icons, sizes, and budget.
We then tackle the closet. We purge, organize and take time for my client to try on some of the clothes in question to determine if they should stay or go. At this point, we can successfully determine what key items are missing from their wardrobe and delicately donate items that are no longer relevant.
For ease and efficiency, I typically do the shopping on my own and bring my clients a well-edited boutique that is curated specifically for them. I purchase it all, from apparel to shoes, to accessories and everything in between! I work within a client’s budget and I can easily mix a variety of price points so that my clients always “look like a million bucks!” We decide together which items are keepers and which don’t work or if we need size exchanges. I then will take care of any returns or exchanges and we wrap up the purchasing component for the season and/or a special event.
Finally, I create a personalized “look book” consisting of outfit combinations including items from the old wardrobe with those from the new. I like to demonstrate how to wear items in a multitude of ways taking it from day to night just by changing a few components. Most of us have struggled daily with the issue of “what should I wear” or “how do I wear that” or “what does this go with?” A Style by Amy “look book” easily answers these questions and more. The “look book” is the most important service once the wardrobe is complete.
What sets Style by Amy apart is my connection to clients. I listen to my clients and may push them a little bit but at the end of the day, I want them to feel amazing and comfortable with what they put on each and every day. What drives me more than anything is helping people feel good about themselves and confident. I have my clients’ back! I work for them, not a store, so how my clients looks and feels is my priority. There is no need for frivolous impulse buying. You will have all that you need AND more once I finish the job!
Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
I think Dallas is probably one of the best cities to be a stylist. Dallas women pride themselves on appearances.
They focus on looking good, taking care of themselves and staying on top of the trends. The shopping here is phenomenal. It makes my job easier to have access to such amazing stores with a wide variety of price points. This makes a beautiful wardrobe accessible to everyone. The relationships I have made on the retail side as well as with my clients makes my job incredibly rewarding!
- Website: stylebyamy.com
- Phone: Amy Krumholz 214-232-6601
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org