Working at Leigh’s: Tammi Smits

TAMMY

Today we interview the Lady (wonder woman) who get’s all of our merchandise out on the floor for you!

 

How long have you worked at Leigh’s?

I have been working at Leigh’s for 21 years! I started January 9th, 1996

How many ‘hats’ do you wear? What are all of your jobs?

I have 1 hat with many duties. I work in shipping and receiving, which means I also handle returns, Purchase order entries, making sure the clothing is steamed, and lastly ready for the selling floor.

What are your current favorite trends?

I love anything that is fun and flowing

What season do you like dressing for the most?

Fall

One designer at Leigh’s you think everyone should know about?

Comfy

What should every woman remember when buying clothes?

Buy what makes you happy!

Who is your style muse?

Diana The Princess of Wales, she had the best wardrobe!

What do you love most about working at Leigh’s?

I love being the first one to open the box to see all the new styles we receive for each season!

 

 

xoxo, The Leigh’s Girls

 

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Working at Leigh’s: Deb Clark

DEB

 

 

How long have you worked at Leigh’s?
I have been working at Leigh’s for 11 years!
How many ‘hats’ do you wear?
Merchandise manager. Head buyer. Personal stylist.
What are your current favorite trends?
This fall I would have to say the Pantsuit. It can be tailored and understated, but with the wide range of prints. The fabric choices which range from velvet to tech fabrics, the trend can adapt to many lifestyles.
What season do you like dressing for the most?
I love them all because of the wide variety that this beautiful state of Michigan offers. Because of our season changes I am never bored with my clothing options.
One designer you think everyone should know about?
D’Exterior. This Italian collection is clean and updated with an emphasis on knit dressing that will travel well and fit everyone from a size 2 – 14.
What should every woman remember when buying clothes?
Proportion , proportion….Every size 6 is different on every body that can wear that size. Tailoring to your specific body type can make a huge difference in how a garment will fit you.
Who is your style muse?
I really don’t have one!
What do you love most about working at Leigh’s?
All of the people I come in contact on a day to day basis, from my co-workers to our customers to the vendors who sell to us…..all have interesting stories.

 

Call to make an appointment with Deb at 616.942.6300

Xoxo

 

2014….Thank You!

Wow, I am amazed how quickly 2014 went by, but sometimes the best times always seem to move at a faster clip!  It was such a great year for Leigh’s and I want to thank you for making it so wonderful.  As you know, we are passionate about what we do; bringing the very best fashion the market has to offer right here to West Michigan for you…..our amazing customers.  You get it all from us….clothing, shoes, accessories and cosmetics and we love enhancing your own personal style all while delivering you an exceptional Leigh’s experience.  As I reflect on some of the new labels that we had in store for you in 2014, it makes me smile….Stella McCartney, Band of Outsiders, 10 Crosby Derek Lam, Derek Lam main collection, vintage Chanel and Louis Vuitton, Michael Kors, Barbara Bui, Monique Lhuillier, Ella McHugh, Wes Gordon,Veil Cosmetics, Damone Roberts, Aerin and so many more.  With all this and all of your perennial favorites,  it might not surprise you when I share that we had another record year at Leigh’s and were once again voted one of the best women’s stores in Grand Rapids.  We are flattered and humbled by this.  We know there are a lot of choices out there and that you choose to support our local business not only allows us to be successful but means the world to us.  So, thank you.

We are also excited about what 2015 has in store….this is our 40th anniversary!  Yes, Larry Leigh founded the business in 1975.  My partners and I are also celebrating 10 years of owning the business and building the new store.  And…this will be our 10th anniversary of our signature runway presentation Couture for a Cure benefiting the Van Andel Institute (October 8…save the date).  We’re looking forward to celebrating these milestones with you through out the year.  Cheers to 2015!

All I Want For Christmas

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I love the holidays because I love gift giving!  For me, there also is the whole other fun factor of assisting husbands/significant others with securing the perfect gift from Leigh’s.  My girlfriends happily anticipate having a beautifully wrapped Leigh’s blue box (or plural is even better) underneath their Christmas tree. (Of course, how fabulous is it making sure their holiday wishes come true?!?) When husbands come in for their inaugural Leigh’s shopping excursion, the look is  always the same…a deer in the headlights….frantic, stressed, unsure.  Then, relief…as they see all the options that have prepared and all they have to do is just point and  say, “Yes”….Easy Button.  Veterans (that rely on us each holiday season), typically coordinate with their buddies to meet at Leigh’s for their “shopping therapy” which consists of “refreshments” and some lively catching up as they sit in our comfy chairs by the fireplace with ESPN on the television. They know the insider scoop, Leigh’s has them covered…no worries, no panic.. just praise, praise, praise Christmas morning!  So, if you are getting down to the wire and need gifts that inspire, stop in and see us and we will help you wrap it up!

Sweater Weather

sweater weatherIt is officially my favorite time of year. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE our Michigan summers and always think how I would like to have extended play of June, July and August.  But then fall (the start of sweater weather) comes along and there’s the cool chill in the air, the leaves start changing colors and I am in season heaven and dying to pull out my sweaters!  Being from Northern Minnesota, sweater weather was 10 out of 12 months every year and so while other kids in the nation collected stamps, I had a collection of sweaters. (No, I am not kidding; it was my favorite thing to buy with my babysitting money!) This love affair with knits has continued to present day.  Sweaters are just so easy. Pull out the cashmere, throw on a pair of jeans and a great pair of booties and it’s a perfect day of autumn fashion. But, of course, I have not had time to change over my closet yet (which is the perfect excuse), so I had to go shopping for a few new additions….at my favorite store.  Fortunately, Leigh’s is brimming with fabulous sweaters and after a few laps around the store this morning I am feeling like I am ready to meet our cool weather forecast….fashionably!  Hope you can stop in soon; your next new sweater awaits you!

Athleisure

untitledEveryone has been asking me, “What is this athleisure thing that there’s all this buzz about?”  I am here to assist, so let’s discuss…  Perhaps you love the comfort of your Lululemon workout gear to the point that it is your go-to even when you are not headed to the gym.  I sense you are nodding your head.  (I know this because I love my Lululemon too.)  However, you have determined that you need and want more…..more fashion that is.  You’d rather look like you walked out of a fashion magazine than the gym. So, voila…athleisure! I like to think of it as the fashionable alternative to your yoga pant inspired workout attire.  Athleisure is still about easy, comfortable, cozy pieces….but adding the adjectives of chic, sophisticated and fashionable.  Someone pinch me…this is a dream come true!  Plus, put your running shoes back in the closet and grab a trendy “sneaker” to chase around town in or put a great fashion shoe with it.  If you’re like me, this gives you an excuse for more shoes….so don’t miss the opportunity!  I am all about athleisure and I think  you will be too.  We have it in store for you now from new labels such as Skin, Wilt, Nesh and Anatomie;  we can’t wait to show you!

Designer Sightings

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Just back from market in NYC and had to share our designer sightings!  First, we met the iconic Carolina Herrera.  Yes, she looks like she walked out of a magazine….so elegant and beautiful. I have to admit I was a little starstruck! Her classic collection with a modern twist was just as stunning for resort ’15 as it is every season. Fun facts about Ms. Herrera: She started her clothing line at the suggestion of her friend Diana Vreeland, the then Editor-in-Chief of Vogue. And, I can hardly believe this, she is 75 years old…she doesn’t look anywhere near this age….even in person.
Then on our next day, Deb and I had an appointment at Wes Gordon and there he was. How fun was it to walk in his showroom and get a chance to meet him after we both just read an article about him in Vogue?! His collection was fabulous (as was he)…infusing luxury and timeless sophistication with a young, modern edge. Fun fact: He worked with both Oscar and Tom Ford before launching his own collection in 2009.