The Fashion Industry was not just a place in which Jamie had dreamed of working as a little girl, but it was also sewn deep into the seams of her DNA so it was only a natural turn of events that she ended up in the center of it all.
As she walks into her office every day, Jamie cannot help but recall with pride her fully loaded family lineage of immigrant garment workers who paved the way for her.
Her maternal great-grandfather, Louis, a successful tailor, was able to afford to bring his immediate family to the United States to escape the Nazi invasion in Russia. His son, Isadore, an upholsterer, married Anna, a self-made retail merchant and, tragically, the sole member of her immediate family to escape Poland before the Occupation. Together, they took their fledgling retail business from cart to two store fronts in Philadelphia (Ann’s Budget Shop). Jamie’s paternal great-grandmother, Bessie, a trained home-based seamstress who made all of her family’s clothing, married Phillip, a tailor who worked for Sydney Hillman, the founder of the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America (now UNITE!) at a ladies garment factory on Arch Street, also in Philadelphia.
Immediately after graduating from The George Washington University, Jamie landed her first job working for J.Crew as a production coordinator.
She packed her bags, moved to New York City, and it was here that she was schooled in the basic fundamentals of garment production. From there, she found herself growing up through the ranks of Tommy Hilfiger where she got her first taste of her entrepreneurial passion while being given the rare opportunity to help start up multiple divisions during the company’s most formative years.
She then went on to fill leadership roles in other notable companies such as DKNY Jeans, Sean John, and Polo Jeans Company. Since then, she has created and managed fabric and development departments for some of the industry’s finest designers and has traveled extensively to work on-site with the global supply chain within each of these reputable organizations.
INSIDE ANN’S BUDGET SHOP
Jamie delivers to her clients in a strategic and innovative capacity.
She not only possesses the technical knowledge necessary to source, fabricate and produce a collection, but she also has the ability to manage the product development process and apply her technical expertise across multiple product categories.
In a business where, historically, most executives are limited to a specific product niche, Jamie has had close exposure to multiple branches of the industry and has successfully serviced many diverse markets. A rarity in the clothing industry, Jamie’s experience ranges from Women’s Contemporary, Women’s and Men’s Sportswear, Urban, Jeanswear, Childrenswear, and Ready To Wear, and she has successfully filled a void in the ever-evolving global apparel sourcing market.
Outside of her active professional life, Jamie strives to balance her work life with her philanthropic endeavors. She is proud to have served nearly 10 years on the American Cancer Society’s Taste of Hope gala committee, a cause near and dear to her heart, and is currently acting as Event Chairperson.
Jamie currently lives on the Upper West Side of Manhattan with her dog, Sammy, and is celebrating her nearly 25th year of living in the heart of it all.