The Top 10 Reasons to Give the Gift of J. Hilburn this Father’s Day


Have you thought about what to get that special dad (or dads) for Father’s Day?

There are probably thousands of reasons why he would love the gift of J. Hilburn this Father’s Day. I won’t list those many thousands of reasons here, but I will list my top ten.

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1. J. Hilburn doesn’t just give him clothes: it gives him a personal stylist.

J. Hilburn’s personal stylists are trained to take their clients’ specific measurements, to guide them in selecting the clothing that fits best with their individual style, and to create a personalized shopping experience that it unlike anything else. It’s an affordable luxury that we’re proud to offer to every one of our customers.

2. He can get his own personally designed, custom made dress shirt.

With the guidance of a J. Hilburn personal stylist, he can select everything from the fabric color to the contrasting thread to the cuff to the pocket style of his shirt. What’s more, with the measurements that his personal stylist takes, his custom shirt will fit impeccably.

3. He never has to go to the mall to shop for his J. Hilburn clothes.

That’s what makes J. Hilburn especially perfect for any dad who hates to go to the mall. He can meet his personal stylist at the office or the home, at a time that works best with his schedule.

4. Our ties and cufflinks are the utmost in class and elegance.

J. Hilburn’s Italian-made neckwear comes in a variety of colors and patterns, and our cufflinks are downright exquisite. Looking to step Dad’s style up a notch? We have pocket squares too.

j. hilburn spring 20145. J. Hilburn also carries a line of ready-to-wear items.

Our trousers, dress shirts, jackets, and tuxedos are custom-made, but we have knits, sweaters, and outerwear too. A polo might be just what he needs to round out his summer wardrobe.

6. Our gift cards are easy to ship, easy to wrap, and easy to spend.

You can even order them directly online.

7. He can make some of his future orders all online.

Once he has established a relationship with his personal stylist, he can make future ready-to-wear orders online. We’ll even send him occasional updates on the clothing that best suits his unique style.

8. We’ll tailor his shopping experience completely to him.

All of his appointments with his personal stylist will occur according to his schedule and his individual clothing needs. Better yet, we have an app to help him have the most customized shopping experience possible.

9. He can refresh his wardrobe every season, at his convenience.

We launch two unique clothing lines each year: one in the spring, and one in the fall. He can order new clothes whenever he wants or needs to, and he can rest assured that there will be new and favorite items in our catalog each time he places an order.

10. Stumped what to get him come Christmas? You can give him the gift of J. Hilburn then too!

This might just be the Father’s Day gift that helps you decide exactly what to get him on each and every gifting occasion.

Be Smart, Dress Smart: Why Your Professional Appearance Matters


suit fall 2103Have you put much thought into what you wear to the workplace?

Regardless of whether you want it to or not, your professional appearance does matter. It matters to your clients and customers, and it matters to those with whom you work. As Christian Knutson writes in his piece for

In your business, the business of life or career, how you present yourself will directly impact what you achieve…Take a look at who you work with, who your clients are, who you serve, and what’s expected of you and attire yourself appropriately.

To be clear, caring about how you dress in your professional life  is not about chasing the latest trends. Instead, it’s about expressing your confidence, your class, and your character with the clothes that you wear. It’s about communicating who you are as a person and as a professional. It’s about ensuring that your first impressions are just as great as the ones that follow.

Ask yourself: what does your customer base expect of you? Do they expect you to look clean and put-together? Do they expect you to look like a trustworthy manager of their assets or their project? Do they expect you to look like an expert in your field? When you dress the part, you address your clients’ and customers’ expectations. That in and of itself is no small matter.three-images

Moreover, with the right attention to your professional appearance, you can say that you are organized, confident, thoughtful, and attentive to detail without having to say anything at all. It’s a matter of color, fit, and style. It’s a matter of finding the clothing that works best for you: not for models and not even just for your co-workers but for you.

And there’s no one better to help you elevate your professional appearance and everything that you communicate about yourself with your attire than a J. Hilburn personal stylist.

Make your professional wardrobe one that communicates your confidence, class, and character with a selection from J. Hilburn’s custom and ready-to-wear clothing. As a personal stylist, I can help you select the clothing that not only fits you impeccably but also expresses exactly what you want to say about yourself as a person and as a professional.

Why J. Hilburn is a Perfect Fit for Women Entrepreneurs


It should go without saying that women entrepreneurs are a driving force in the economy.

According to a 2013 report on Women-Owned businesses, the United States boasts approximately 8.6 million women-led businesses.  In addition to generating $1.3 trillion in revenues, these businesses also employ 7.8 million people. In fact, between 1997 and 2013, women-owned businesses grew at 1.5 times the national average.

And there is still room for growth, still a world of possibilities for both new and experienced women entrepreneurs alike.

Many women across the country have that entrepreneurial spirit–the leadership skills, the motivation, and the self-starter attitude–but they haven’t yet found that one perfect business that suits their needs and lifestyle.

J. Hilburn might just be the perfect fit for them, and for you if you are a woman entrepreneur.



1. The job is flexible.

As a J. Hilburn personal stylist, you can make your own hours and set your own schedule. Approximately 80% of our stylists work from home, dedicating only 10 hours a week or less to their J. Hilburn business. Thus, you can establish the vast majority of your business in your own home, setting up any outside appointments at your customers’ homes or offices. So whether you are looking for part-time position that gives you a supplemental income or a full-time career with unlimited growth opportunities, J. Hilburn can fit your needs and goals. In fact, the role of a personal stylist is perfect for everyone from young women looking for a new career to mothers whose children have just entered school to partially or newly retired women.

2. You will build new skills no matter what your level of experience or expertise.

Every J. Hilburn personal stylist is trained to take a series of measurements to help their customers build the best custom clothing possible. You’ll learn about everything from complementary colors to wardrobe building. Moreover, you’ll use these skills to help men build class, confidence, and character with the clothes they wear. So whether you are a college-educated woman (like many of our stylists are) or a woman who has built her education on a lifetime of learning from experience, this career will still give you room to grow and learn more.

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3. But you can also use skills that you have developed on your own over the years.

If you have that entrepreneurial spirit, you likely already have some of the skills you need to become a J. Hilburn personal stylist. Do you have a great sense of organization? Do you have a keen eye for style, color, and clothing? Are you personable and passionate about the work you do? Are you goal-oriented? Any or all of these skills can help make you a fantastic personal stylist.


4. You will be part of a high growth company whose success is grounded in its many personal stylist, most of whom are extraordinary women entrepreneurs.

Ranked #605 on Inc.’s 2013 5000 List, J. Hilburn has seen a 758% three-year growth. What’s more, part of J. Hilburn’s five year forecast includes doubling revenue and partner growth over the next few years. These are only some of the many reasons why the time has never been better to become a J. Hilburn personal stylist.


And if you consider yourself a woman entrepreneur–even if you only want to be a woman entrepreneur–you probably already have it in you to be an incredible J. Hilburn personal stylist.


Get in touch with me today to see if J. Hilburn would be a good fit for you.

Meet Sara at the J. Hilburn Trunk Show in Chicago


You are cordially invited to a J. Hilburn Trunk Show in Chicago.

And while the invitation is certainly cordial, it isn’t stiff or formal: it’s a warm, welcome invitation to those in Chicagoland and beyond who are looking for a fresh start in their career, for a new entrepreneurial experience, or even for a way to balance their home and family life with a flexible, mostly at-home business.

If this invitation speaks to you, then I’d love to meet you at the trunk show. We can talk about  career opportunities with J. Hilburn, take a look at our spring line, and see if becoming a personal stylist is the right fit for you and your lifestyle.

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Thursday, March 20 and Friday, March 21, 2014


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I’d be happy to meet with you to talk more about building your own J. Hilburn business. I have available showroom appointments on Thursday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and on Friday from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Please call (937-654-6541), email me (, or fill out the following form to schedule your appointment today.

How Does J. Hilburn Fit the Fashion Forecast for 2014?


On the very last day of 2013, Wall Street Journal fashion reporter, Christina Binkley, released a fashion forecast for 2014. With a look ahead to upcoming trends and styles, Binkley’s forecast includes much of what J. Hilburn already carries and a good deal of what we plan to carry in our 2014 collections.

What are some of the key moments from Binkley’s piece?

The new “It” color—purple—complements nearly every complexion. Some easy-wearing classics— [such as] preppy shirt patterns for men…will continue to rebound.

J. Hilburn’s custom shirts are available in a variety of patterns and colors, including an array of purples ranging from lavender to eggplant. We even have a blend of the the new “It” color with the preppy shirt patterns that Binkley describes in our white and purple gingham fabric.

Say “yes” to pinstripe suits and hosiery for daytime and to tuxedos and sequins as evening wear: Elegance is back, but with a very modern sense of ease…Gentlemen, break out your ties, and enjoy the option—not the requirement—of wearing them.

Modern tuxedos with a classic elegance. Classic tuxedos with a modern fit. Whichever way you look at it, J. Hilburn can outfit you with formalwear that is expertly and impeccably tailored.

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Many middle-aged men will welcome new “traditional” styles, which not only recall their dads but add an extra inch or two in the girth to trendy slim sizes.

A double-breasted suit can look chic. A pocket square can elevate your style. These trends aren’t old-fashioned: with the right modern look, they are a fashion-forward nod to some of the very best vintage styles.

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Metrosexuals are so 2004, but in 2014, men will come into their own as fashion victims. Overdesigned clothes and a plethora of manly hair and skin-care lines will enable carriers of Y chromosomes to make fashion choices just as ill-judged as those of the fairer sex.

As humorous as Binkley’s assessment might seem, it’s an important insight into men’s fashion too. This is why J. Hilburn always integrates contemporary trends with a respect for class and elegance. No J. Hilburn customer deserves to be a fashion victim.

So here you have it: Logos won’t disappear in 2014, but they’ll be more subtle.

You won’t find a J. Hilburn piece emblazoned with our logo in big, bold letters. What you will find, always and forever, is the ever-present look, feel, and impeccable fit of all J. Hilburn clothing.

And that look, feel, and fit are things that will always be on trend.

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Make sure to check out the rest of Binkley’s 2014 fashion forecast.

Contact me today to keep your wardrobe on trend for 2014!

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