I am a friendly, professional and experienced Personal Stylist, Image Consultant and blogger based in London.
I provide personal styling, shopping and wardrobe services to busy successful professionals who don’t have the time (or sometimes the inclination) to shop and plan their wardrobes but they want to look good and need expert help.
My philosophy is that style should reflect your personality and it isn’t just about what works on paper for your body shape. I don’t subscribe to many rules about what you ‘should’ be wearing at a certain age, if you can carry it off, wear it. You should only ever buy things you love, not that you’re slightly unsure about and trends are mostly for the young, find what suits you and stick to it.
My background was working in retail many moons ago, having always been passionate about style and wanting to pursue a career in fashion. Around my mid 20’s, and living in London, it was clear I needed to earn more money if I ever wanted to buy a flat and so I left retail and went into banking where I spent 10 years ending up in a very corporate environment. I learnt a lot about business over those years which was great but it was during my time at Coutts’ Bank it struck me that even if you are an expert in your field, a brilliant hedge fund manager, lawyer or professional of any kind, if you don’t look the part then you are missing a trick – it really is a whole package. By then I’d had two children and knew my heart wasn’t in banking or that kind of environment and I wanted to do something I was passionate about and that I knew I could make a success. I could see that pulling together stylish wardrobes was a headache for a lot of time-poor people and they needed that problem solved. I left banking to retrain at London College of Fashion as a Personal Stylist and then as an Image Consultant. I set up ‘Lisa Gillbe Style Consultancy’ almost 7 years ago and today I use my expertise to help busy professionals create stylish but practical wardrobes that flow through their life and are full of clothes they love.
Why Work With Lisa?
The best advertisement really is my testimonials and I have lots of very happy clients to demonstrate my work.
I am honest and no-nonsense and always make sure I work with care and compassion but something that comes through time and time again is that I work hard to ‘get’ my client and who he or she is. I don’t believe you can create an authentic wardrobe for someone without having that ability and spending time on it. Style is a form of language and although I am trained in the technical aspects of styling, there is a lot more to it and that’s where my creative skills come in combining both the scientific ‘rules’ with the creative and vast knowledge of what’s in the shops!
Because I am a trained image consultant, I style people with a focus on body shape, personality and lifestyle/profession rather than a fashion stylist/editorial stylist who creates high fashion and trend-led looks to tell stories for the media and brands. I have only ever worked with real people and all their different body shapes, insecurities and lifestyle wardrobe needs.
My technical styling training at leading image and style centres in London is combined with my years of ‘in-the-field’ experience to deliver an informed, professional service. Always working with my clients on a case-by-case basis, to solve personal image challenges leaving them with a wardrobe full of clothes they love and full of confidence in their style.
I mostly work with successful busy professionals and the common thread is lack of time, frustration with their wardrobe and dislike of navigating the shops and all the vast choice.
I’ve also worked with Discovery Channel and TV and Radio media personalities and run Corporate workshops on Personal Branding and the importance of your image in the workplace. Recent clients include Unilever and Cisco Systems.
My first style and image consultant training was completed at the London College of Fashion before taking further courses at the country’s leading specialised image coaching centre in Holland Park, London. I am an affiliate member of the Association of Stylists and Image Professionals, a member of The Stylist Club at Harvey Nichols and a recommended stylist at TEN Group Concierge.
Lisa Gillbe Style Consultancy