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JBCStyle/JBCconnect Talent Pro[files]

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Posted on July 18, 2014 by

At JBCStyle and JBCconnect, we’re in the business of meeting people. These talented individuals are the future of the companies in which they are employed. Each week, we’ll feature a candidate who has impressed us with their creativity, ambition, and professionalism. Get to know them and take a look at their work below.

Meet James C. – Creative Director/Curator

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1. What is your favorite part of your job?

The design process is my favorite part of my job; it allows me to re-discover the unknown, being able to refresh my knowledge.

2. Who/What inspires you?

Swiss graphic design, the grid system.

3. How did you get into your current career?

I’ve loved to draw since I was young and I’ve also had a passion for creativity at a very young age.

Samples of James’ work:

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Work Hard to Play Hard This Summer

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Posted on July 17, 2014 by

Summer perks are a privilege and a coveted advantage of working at a company that offers them as an added benefit to their employees. Here at JBC we partake in Summer Fridays, but every company has their own way of satisfying the urge to run off to play in the warm weather without a care in the world.

Quite a few of the companies we work with – from start-ups to large labels – have their own special way of making summer fun for employees and the overall company. It’s surprising how these three simple human necessities can make a huge difference to employees during the summer: time, food, and clothing.

Time. After braving the cold blur that is winter, all we want to do is soak up as much sun as possible before it departs just as quickly as it arrived. Memorial weekend usually kicks off summer hours for most companies while Labor Day weekend marks the end. Employees are happy to leave a few hours early on Fridays or to be given a set number of Fridays to use at their leisure. They will welcome the opportunity to start the weekend early, spend some extra time on the beach, or to just do whatever they please with their free time. Some companies provide employees with the entire day off and some alternate Fridays while others offer half-day Fridays. Regardless of the stipulations, no one’s complaining.

Team JBC Happy Hour – Summer 2014

Summer Fridays provide extra motivation during the week. You want to leave knowing that you’ve used your time productively. It’s proven that we complete the tasks we are given in the time that we have – and when that time is limited, it’s amazing how productive we can become. The same amount of work is required, so we naturally schedule ourselves to make things happen.

Food and Drink. Ice cream socials or summer happy hours are a fun way to treat employees to the two things that almost no one can turn down – free food and drinks. Make it a weekly occurrence during the summer months and give it a catchy name like ‘Ice Cream Thursdays.’ Designate a time for the event to take place and encourage everyone to partake whether or not they will be eating or drinking. If your event will be held at the office, we suggest hosting it in a particular area that encourages employees to linger and socialize with coworkers instead of grabbing what they want and running back to their desks.

Clothing. We’re talking dress code. If your office has strict dress code requirements, give employees the option of dressing down on certain days of the week. or all summer if possible. Comfortable employees are happy employees. The ability to ditch the suit and tie or pencil skirt and blouse combinations can be quite liberating. Have your human resources department send out a memo detailing what is considered appropriate for the summer and let loose – but not too much, some of us have a job to do.

What are some of your summer perks? Do you have any ideas that companies should try?

This Week at JBCStyle – Apply Today

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Posted on July 14, 2014 by

Fashion Stylist

Category: Retail Location/City: New York, NY Apply

Contemporary brand is seeking a stylist with a strong knowledge of clienteling. Experience with high-end clients is a must.

Fine Jewelry Selling Manager

Category: Retail Location/City: Farmington, CT Apply

Seeking an experienced sales manager with a retail background to maximize profits through clienteling, managing store operations and effectively training a team of sales professionals. Jewelry experience a plus.

Director of Sales

Category: Account Executive Location/City: New York, NY Apply

Contemporary women’s apparel and swimwear company is seeking a Director of Sales. Must have relationships with Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Barneys, Bergdorf Goodman, etc.

Visit the JBCStyle job portal for a complete list of opportunities.

Haute Couture Fall 2014

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Posted on July 11, 2014 by

Haute Couture is somewhat of an unattainable marvel to the majority of loyal followers of the fashion houses of Chanel, Christian Dior, and Atelier Versace – just to name a few on the very short list. Still, we can’t look away as the intricate designs and expressions of creativity of the small handful of designers who’ve earned the honor to show in Paris are displayed in all their couture glory. Below, a few of our favorite looks and something like a review, but not really, because reviews are so yesterday.

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Karl Lagerfeld is capable of many things, but incorporating concrete into his work was pretty impressive. Each look was distinct with a fine balance between couture polish and punk influences. The knickers were a successful combination of tomboy meets feminine. Totally wearable, delightfully unobtainable!

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Zuhair Murad

A parade of sexy gowns in striking monochrome and rich jewel tones. Oh, to have one of these gems in our closet. The thigh-high slit is always a nice touch, and varying necklines offer plenty of options.

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Jean Paul Gaultier

Gaultier went for darkness with vampires serving up the inspiration for an opulent collection of red, gold, and black. There was a bride in a ball gown, of course, and the famous drag performer, Conchita Wurst made a bearded appearance, so… it was a very Gaultier experience.

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Images via WWD

JBCStyle/JBCconnect Talent Pro[files]

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Posted on July 11, 2014 by

At JBCStyle and JBCconnect, we’re in the business of meeting people. These talented individuals are the future of the companies in which they are employed. Each week, we’ll feature a candidate who has impressed us with their creativity, ambition, and professionalism. Get to know them and take a look at their work below.

Meet Judith W. – Product/Packaging Designer

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1. What is your favorite part of your job?

I’m happiest in the zone, figuring out complex geometry or finding just the right simple shape. Otherwise, concept research is always interesting work.

2. Who/What inspires you?

Biomimicry inspires me deeply. I appreciate its reach into everything from high-performance materials and mechanical movement to master city planning.

3. How did you get into your current career?

I wanted to transition from architecture into product design and found an internship at a small studio specializing in fragrance bottles.

Shifting from architectural 3D modeling software into softer organic designs really captivated me and I was ultimately hired on as staff.

Samples of Judith’s work:

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Working with JBCStyle: The Inside Scoop on Recruiting

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Posted on July 10, 2014 by

A day in the life a recruiter is as hectic as it is rewarding. We have the opportunity to directly impact the fashion industry from the retail to the corporate level by identifying talented candidates and introducing them to exciting opportunities with great companies. Below, a few insights on what goes on in the world of staffing:

How much do our services cost? As a candidate, JBCStyle’s services won’t cost you anything! If you’re ever asked to pay a recruiter – run! But how do recruiters get paid? We have separate agreements with our clients who are seeking talented individuals who can impact their business. Recruiters only get paid when they make a successful placement. Talk about motivation! Their rate isn’t included in your package, so you don’t have to worry about the recruiter taking a cut of your salary. That being said, it’s important to note that recruiters work for their clients, not for their candidates. If they don’t have a job for you, they probably won’t reach out. (more…)

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Balancing the “New” Consumer With “Old” Business Models

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Posted on July 7, 2014 by

By Keith Geller – Partner at JBCHoldings (JBCStyle, Janou Pakter, JBCConnect, JBCPlatform)

Retailers in every industry are faced with a recurring, yet all too familiar, challenge: deciphering the shopping behaviors of the ever-changing consumer. Consider the days of horse-drawn wagons and the trusted local country store – one could argue that these behavioral patterns are simply part of the normal retail cycle – the more things change, the more they stay the same. While I tend to believe that history does repeat itself in one form or another (generally I choose not to dive headfirst into trends when we have long-standing statistics to support a more traditional approach to business), today’s marketplace demands a more modern and proactive approach.

Choosing to forego the present day trends in favor of old-fashioned logic when operating a consumer-facing business can prove to be somewhat short of a stellar approach. In my opinion, the applicable factors at play here can relate more accurately to connectivity, flexibility and value (in this instance, there is nothing outdated about value). Today’s consumer is more educated, has less conviction behind their loyalty to brands, and simply expects more (much more) for their dollar than ever before.

It’s not enough to attach a label or a logo to a product and expect to retain a customer based on reputation alone. True engagement these days requires constant communication through multiple channels that demonstrate that a brand “gets” their market. Even so, visibility is only half the argument. Operating a store on every corner might help with brand awareness and drive top line numbers, but when it comes to loyalty and moving the needle on the bottom line, it’s best to be nimble and focused on creativity and value.

Let’s take a look at Coach and Forever 21, two complex and well-known US retailers (for varying reasons).

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This Week at JBCStyle – Apply Today

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Posted on July 7, 2014 by

PR Manager

Category: PR/Marketing Location/City: New York, NY Apply

Global e-commerce fashion site seeks senior-level PR Manager. Ideal candidate will have 5-9 years experience.

Associate Buyer

Category: Buying Location/City: New York, NY Apply

Global footwear company seeks associate buyer based in NY. At least 3 years experience in buying for a vertical retailer is required.

Assistant Merchandiser, Accessories

Category: Merchandising Location/City: Los Angeles, CA Apply

Mass market/department store apparel manufacturer seeking an experienced merchandiser. Stuffed animals or toys experience is a plus.

Accounting Clerk

Category: Accounts Payable Location/City: Commerce, CA Apply

Apparel company is seeking an entry level accounting clerk. Must have at least one year of experience and knowledge of MAS90.

Sample Coordinator

Category: Operations Location/City: Los Angeles, CA Apply

Mass market/department store manufacturer of silk screen products. Must have 3-5 years experience managing sample garments.

Visit the JBCStyle job portal for a complete list of opportunities.

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JBCStyle/JBCconnect Talent Pro[files]

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Posted on July 4, 2014 by

At JBCStyle and JBCconnect, we’re in the business of meeting people. These talented individuals are the future of the companies in which they are employed. Each week, we’ll feature a candidate who has impressed us with their creativity, ambition, and professionalism. Get to know them and take a look at their work below.

Meet Gerardo – UX Designer and Branding Professional

1. What is your favorite part of your job?

Creating projects from scratch. My favorite part is when nothing is defined – everything is just a loose concept. This allows the creative juices to invent things and come up with solutions that are not yet defined.

2. Who/What inspires you?

I’m inspired by anyone who is willing to take risks – from an employee quitting his/her job to create or join a start-up to an owner or ceo of a large company who is willing to change old ways. However, my biggest inspiration of history was the decision by man to go to the moon. It’s a totally insane project if you take into consideration what was created with the technology in the sixties. Every time I start a new project that I think is too difficult, I compare it with this and I’m inspired.

3. How did you get into your current career?

I guess I was lucky enough to have parents that never discouraged my burning desire to keep drawing (non-stop). They kept feeding me with canvases and colors and later with computers and tablets; no one told me to stop, so I never did.  Nowadays, I draw with code and things just get more and more interesting. The best part is that I can make a living out of doing what I love. I guess I never considered any other career as an option, and I’m glad about it.

Some of Gerardo’s work:

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How to Achieve LinkedIn Profile Perfection [Infographic]

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Posted on July 2, 2014 by

LinkedIn houses the professional timelines of over 300,ooo,ooo people. How does one stand out when the selection is so vast? It starts with completing each part of your profile and connecting with other professionals who share common interests, career paths, goals, etc. Joining relevant groups allows you to continue to grow your network by participating in discussions and utilizing the many benefits of connecting with other users who you may not have been able to reach out to otherwise.

Link Humans created this infographic for LinkedIn users highlighting tips and advice for optimizing your profile to increase your chances of appearing in searches. (more…)