Here I answer some of the Frequently Asked Questions that clients ask when they're thinking of working with me.
What's the difference between you and a personal shopper in store?
What sort of budget do I need for a Personal Shopping trip?
There's no set amount and I've shopped with clients at all different levels. As a rough guide most clients have around £1,500 upwards to spend, but that's not to say that I can't help you if you have a tighter budget.
What can I expect to receive after a Personal Shopping session?
As well as this, if there are any items we couldn't find whilst shopping because of sizing issues etc then I will send you links to them online. I will put together outfits for you - either in a written format or with images.......clients have told me how they refer to these frequently afterwards, sometimes for a good few years!
Plus if there's any other helpful information we may have discussed during the session then I can send that to you too. e.g.: links on how to fold a pocket square, tie scarves etc
Where do you travel to see clients?
I generally prefer to shop in London as I know the shops well and there's a very good choice but if you are unable to get here, then please contact me to discuss.
Do I have to do the Personal Styling and Wardrobe Edit before Personal Shopping?
Why would I pay you when I can take a friend, my wife or rely on the shop assistant?
Most shop assistants won't be trained in which colours and shapes suit you, whereas I am. Many of them will be trying to hit targets and it's possible that may be more important to them than telling you the truth about whether or not something suits you. People pay me for my honesty, and as I hate lying you can be assured that's what you'll get!
How can you choose clothes for someone you don't know?
Obviously you will have likes and dislikes, which of course I will listen to but I find clients are very open minded in general and willing to try new things and consequently end up with some surprise purchases that they would ordinarily have dismissed.
Why do I need a personal stylist?
Most of the clients I work with, dress okay to start with, but they'd just like to make some tweaks to enhance their appearance and appreciate having someone to help them do it. The majority of clients will come for a general update to their day to day wardrobe but there are also some who come when they want to shop for a special occasion.
I hate shopping can you still help me?
Of course! That's why I set up Sartoria Lab. I believe that most men don't like shopping because they don't know where to look or go for the things to achieve the look they want and that's why they enjoy shopping with someone that does know. I have had countless clients say to me "I really enjoyed it.....I never thought I'd say that about shopping"! When they achieve the results they want. then it becomes enjoyable.
What age range do you work with?
The average age range I work tends to be mid thirties to mid forties. I find this age range tend to start wanting to change their look a little and feel what they wore in their twenties is not appropriate anymore and they'd like to look a little more "grown up" but they don't want to look like their dads either and find striking the balance difficult.
This is particularly relevant in the work place when they may work for a creative or tech company who's dress codes are relaxed, but many of them are in a senior position and would like to differentiate themselves from the juniors without looking like they don't belong there.
That said, I have also worked with clients from 17 to 71, so whatever your age, please do get in touch to see if I can help.
Still need more information or have other questions you'd like to ask? Contact me here and I'll be happy to answer any other queries you have.