Here’s how it started: my grandfather loved old things. He was an antiques dealer. He would take me across the country to flea markets and antique shops where we met private dealers, collectors and enthusiasts. He taught me how to merchandise. It was there I started to notice that all of these people from around the country instantly recognized my grandfather. He was comfortable, better still, he made other people comfortable. Relationships came easy to him and he cherished them.
He helped me find joy in work.
And from my father, the carpenter, the perfectionist, I learned patience. I used to sit in his woodshop, watching him meticulously work into shape, sand and finish ornate fixtures that would some day live in someone’s home.
He taught me attention to detail, follow through, polish, patience, sweat, diligence, and design.
My fashion career started at the age of 19. It was a Kate Moss moment, the manager at one of my favorite stores “discovered me” and asked me if I wanted a job. I call this, “reverse discovery.” They discovered me, and I discovered my gift. I learned the art of outfitting, and how to make people happy with clothes.
I learned how to run a business.
But, I wanted more. I didn’t want to run someone else’s business, I wanted to run my own business. So I opened a store. It gave me the freedom to express my style, my fashion, and like my grandfather, develop real and lasting personal relationships with customers. The store helped me grow and sharpen my instincts, but it also made me realize how limiting four walls could be.
Today, I run Ivy Costa.
As a personal stylist, my philosophy is “person first.” I want every client to learn more about who they are, where they’re going and to realize they’re not tied to one style, one look or one idea of themselves.
I help my clients write their stories. I make you, you.