My good friend Sasha de Oliveira' has a long history of working in luxury retail and fashion. Sasha has a perfect eye when it comes to 'product placement' and organization. She has organized the closets of many people in need of her skill from athletes, their wives to wall street tycoons. Recently, Sasha landed what many young fashion girls would call their dream job; U.S. brand ambassador at the one and only Balmain store in the United States opening in Soho this spring. That all being said it was only natural for me to have her revamp my closets and have her share some tips and tricks with you.
TIPS and TRICKS by: SASHA DE OLIVEIRA'
1. The most important thing to do before you start on the 'organizing' is go through everything and put aside anything that you're not wearing. You should be able to wear everything you have hanging up. Your closet is not the place for hoarding. Basically Purge.
2. Hangers play a huge role. All your clothes should look expensive even if it is just a plain white t-shirt. Whether the hangers are velvet, chrome or cedar/wood they should all match. I hate when people leave the dry-cleaning hangers or plastic wrap on their clothes, take five minutes to take the clothes out of the plastic and on to a proper hanger.
3. Categorizing is key and this is where my eye for merchandising comes into play...keep like items together and coordinate from there. Example: keep all your blazers together then place them by weight/color (dark to light) /tones, then do the same for knits, button-downs so on and so forth. Your heaviest knits should be neatly folded and strategically placed. Your closet should look like a store. If you have a shoe wall then neatly align your shoes, if you do not have that luxury then line the shoes you wear the most along the bottom of your closet. You don't walk into Saint Laurent and see all the clothes, shoes and handbags randomly thrown together with no cohesiveness so your closet shouldn't look like that either.
Follow these rules and your clothes will thank you for it.
Sky and Sasha
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