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 packed her bags, moved to New York City, and landed her first job working for J.Crew as a production coordinator.
Here Jamie was schooled in the fundamentals of product development and international garment production. Soon after 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 several 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. She has created and managed fabric and development departments for some of the industry’s finest designers and has traveled extensively around the world to work on-site with the global supply chain within each of those reputable organizations.
INSIDE ANN’S BUDGET SHOP
Jamie delivers purpose 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 diverse 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, Athleisure, to Jeanswear, Shapewear, Pet Apparel and Childrenswear. 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 honored to have served over 10 years as Co-Chairperson of the American Cancer Society’s Taste of Hope gala committee, a cause near and dear to her heart, and is now proudly acting as Event Co-Chairperson of the Samuel Waxman Research Foundation’s Hamptons Happening, another esteemed Cancer research institution.
Jamie lives on the Upper West Side of Manhattan with her dog Sammy and can oftentimes be found in a SoulCycle class or taking in a Broadway show. This year marked the 15th anniversary of Fabric to Finish and Jamie’s 29th year of living in the heart of it all!