I am a hairstylist by trade for 25 years, a Style Coach™ (since 2014) and a self-taught/emerging Accessory Designer (since 2015). I owned my own salon for 13 years and recently downsized to pursue my passion as a Designer and Style Coach™ . I am currently working on combining my ideas to create a more congruent fashion/style/design brand.
When I first start designing in 2015 I was sought out by a Fashion Stylist on Instagram who wanted me create some designs for a local play running in Chicago. This is where my designs first appeared in the marketing material for the play. With that being said I don't just design for individuals I can design fashion forward and/or 'avant garde' looks for almost any occasion without any prior design experience.
I studied 19th century, The Baroque Era, YouTube and high end designers like Gucci, Prada to name a few. I then came up with my own design aesthetic to create designs for women who prefer to be "fashion forward" and who like to "stand out" from the crowd.
I am currently working on selling mostly online, have a visible platform for my community to educate them on fashion & style and especially how accessories can boost their everyday style and for any occasion.
Sharron Gilty specializes in:
- creating and designing neckwear for women
- helping women to develop their authentic style from the inside out, create a wardrobe they love and
- unleash their 'innerchic'
Our readers would love to get to know you more Sharron. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you?
What is unique about me is that I am a Fashion Enthusiast and I can encompass and develop a look for a woman from beauty to fashion to design. I am an expert shopper from Retail to Resale. And last but not least I have been given a unique gift of creativity through designing women neckwear/accessories without any prior design experience. I started out with just a beginning sewing class!
Sharron, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Fashion Label?
My passion and aspiration in life is to help women develop their own authentic style from the inside out, create a wardrobe they love, and help them Unleash their InnerCHIC. I started as a fashion label by first loving fashion since I was a little girl. I always loved anything around my neck such as bows, bowties, scarves, ties, or just anything unique that made me stand out. I decided to take a beginning sewing class to relive some of the physical and emotional issues that I was experiencing back in 2014. I took the class in Nov. 2014, was gifted my sewing machine for Christmas that year. I procrastinated a few months and started watching youtube videos on sewing and making bowties, and just practicing with material and turning anything into a neck design. I finally came up with my first design in April of 2015 and posted in on Facebook and started taking orders. This year, 2017 my designs have completely evolved into a more high end line of neckwear and my design aesthetic has taken more of a fashion forward direction.
Who is your inspiration in life Sharron? How do you keep inspired?
My inspiration starts from my grandmother who was a hairstylist whom I watched and became a hairstylist as well. Fast forward to now I keep inspired by watching high end designers such as Gucci, Prada, Louis Vuitton, Fendi and the list continues! Their runway shows inspire me the most because they always have such amazing Neckwear on their models each year and every season. What I love the most is that they style their women and men in such eclectic and innovative neckwear. My inspiration also comes from the 19th century where men almost always wore neckwear everyday. I get inspired my creative juices get to flowing then its time for me to go inside my studio to create and design. My designs are all unique and one of a kind. I also have boards that I create that help inspire me as well.
We all make mistakes Sharron, we wish we could take back. Please tell us about a time being a Fashion Label , you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague.
I currently am a solopreneur and the only mistake I can think of immediately is not allowing room for keeping an assistant early on. Its not too late but just haven't found the right fit yet.
Sharron ,when you’re working with a large number of clients, it’s tricky to deliver excellent service to them all. As a Fashion Label, how do you go about prioritizing your clients’ needs?
Again, I am an emerging brand and 2 years into my Fashion Label. I haven't not curated a large clientele as of yet. However, with adding my most recent addition, Style Coaching™ to my services I will begin to work with more clients who need my designs from my fashion label and styling coaching™ services.
Please tell us Sharron, about a time you had to be very strategic in order to meet all your top priorities as a Fashion Label?
There was a time when I was planning to participate in a show to showcase my designs and had to work feverishly to bring the entire show together with models, designs, MUA, etc. and still run a full time salon. Although this was a very challenging task I was able to organize myself to create new designs to showcase at the show. The reason is that my creativity truly explodes when I am creating and designing avant garde garments.
Sharron, please give us an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work.
Being a solo fashion entrepreneur I haven't had many of these experiences as of yet. However, I have had to persuade people on occasions that my designs, being one of a kind and handmade, are built on quality and not quantity. They are inspired by designing a garment that lasts and therefore are priced accordingly.
Sharron please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Fashion Label. There might be many, but there is always this proudest moment that you just want to share to everyone. What is it and why?
My proudest moment/accomplishment is when my designs appeared in a Marketing Promotional Shoot after only 1 year of designing. Seeing my designs on the models in a photo that hung up on the marquis outside of a theatre for a local play made me very proud and gave me the vision that I had been given yet another gift and talent to pursue my passion in the fashion industry.
Sharron, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
I was able to be creative with the work that I designed for the play mentioned above. The fashion stylist presented me with a mood board of what she needed for the shoot. The was my first time creating like this and I was super excited to be able to take my creativity "outside the box" by creating more avant garde garments. To be completely honest I didn't find anything difficult about this experience.
What advice would you give to the people who wants to be successful as a Fashion Label?
The only advice I would give is JUST GET STARTED!
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state below what type of collaboration you are looking for?
I am looking for collaborations with fashion influencers and other brands and creatives that completely see the vision in my designs and would love to style and present my designs in blogs, photo shoots, and runway shows.
Photographer Darel White, @darelphotography
MUA Mercedes Small @mas_coils
1st Model Gabija Guzauskaite @officialgabija
2nd Model Kesha Collins @keshadarc_