We had the good fortune of connecting with Jerry Buckner and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jerry, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I believe ideas are like relationships. If you don’t treat them right they will find someone else to manifest them. I don’t want to miss out on one could grow to become one of the greatest relationships of my life. I want to tell the story of how I met, nurtured and grew my idea of Jerrimiah James to my future partner, friends and family.
In my mind the risk of failing wasn’t the worst possible outcome. The worst possible outcome was never trying and never knowing if it would have worked between Jerrimiah James and myself. I am going to shoot my shot and live with knowing I gave it the best shot.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Jerrimiah James – a circularity focused, luxury personal shopping experience – Has opened its first brick-and-mortar location at Buckhead Village District. Award-winning personal shopper and fashion activist and founder Jerry Buckner introduces the new storefront offering over the top customized personal shopping services in a luxurious showroom studio for women and men in need of a more specialized and detailed approach to outfitting their lifestyles .
Clients are invited to make appointments for their personalized shopping needs on the Jerrimiah James website. Upon arrival, guests will enjoy a customized experience where they can settle into the warm, comforting space with champagne, small bites and entertainment. Founder and stylist, Jerry Buckner will walk each client through a selection of designer items from major fashion houses and in addition extend inivitaions. They will have the opportunity to shop styles personally curated by Jerry in the comfort of the Jerrimiah James studio. The brand will offer one-stop, intuitive services based on client lifestyle and needs, including everyday styling and special occasion shopping. In an effort to make designer fashion more sustainable, clients will also have the opportunity to browse designer items available for resale and consign their own pieces for other guests to shop.
With a career working for major fashion houses and department stores Saks 5th Avenue, Bottega Veneta, Tom Ford, Dior and Brunello Cucinelli, Jerry launched Jerrimiah James’s with the mission to make the experience of shopping Highend fashion a more sustainably focused and elevated one.
By not only offering personalized shopping to guide guests in making thoughtful choices but also providing resale and rental of hand-selected designer clothing, Jerrimiah James offers clients the chance to experience seamless, high-class luxury while helping the planet.
Jerrimiah James will is open for appointments daily from 10am-6pm at Buckhead Village.
I felt there was an absence in this space. Instore shopping is meant for us to place the spotlight on our clients. In my experience I have come to understand that many of us shop instore looking for an experience that makes us feel good. I don’t believe any product can fully fulfill that need. Only people can. I believe when properly addressed we do not over consume. I wanted a space where this craving could be fed from both an experience and shopping end.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
When my best friend comes to visit we would probably start with a few properly built cocktails at Le Colonial with Chandler because he’s a great bartender and I love the walk from Buckhead Village District over to the Saint Regis where Atlas is housed. I’m a foodie so I eat out every single day… I know. It’s a real problem. My bestie and I will definitely have to spend a day hiking at SweetWater Creek State park and another day strolling the belt line and enjoying the scenes and more cocktails at The James Room. I am a really huge fan of jei ju so we will have to spend sometime there one day and another day of fitness perhaps at Barry’s Bootcamp because I actually haven’t been in a while or Barre at Exhale Spa. Honestly that is like my weekly life so I’m not sure if I’m missing out on all Atlanta has to offer, but fun for my bestie and I would pretty much just be food, champagne, selfcare and lots of laughter. But I am told Atlanta has amazing club life, lol..
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Wow guys! There are too many to count. I am grateful for all of my close friends who kept pushing me to keep going, my amazing clients who have allowed me the pleasure of outfitting their lifestyles, JamesTown for my beautiful showroom at Buckhead Village District, Saks 5th Avenue for this amazing partnership and…. I have to shoutout Dr. Seuss’ book “Oh, the Places you’ll go!” and Brene Brown for her amazing work on vulnerability and shame.
Perhaps the biggest shoutout goes to all of the backs on which I stand. I firmly believe if not for the men and women in my bloodline that have come before me, if not for their will to live this just simply wouldn’t be happening for me.
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