From my first encounter with Katie Schuppler, I could tell she was a go-getter, businesswoman. It’s the quality I see in many Chicago female entrepreneurs. And that quality is not just connecting with people, but what I like to call “power networking.” In a few minutes, she understands your business and brand and finds a way for us to work together. No small talk, just a friendly, purposeful note, followed-up with an action plan.
This is refreshing; this is productive. This is what differentiates the successful businesswoman from the hobbyists. I’d like you to meet Chicago stylist consultant, Katie Schuppler.
*What’s your name and business name?
Katie Schuppler, Owner of KS Style Consulting and Style/Beauty Blogger for Fashion Speak
*Did you start a blog that turned into a business or a business that has a blog?
Kind of both? I started my blog at my last job before I started my business and used that to launch my business when I moved to Chicago but started my business as a separate entity.
*Can you tell me more about your business and the services you offer?
I am a Personal Style Consultant and Fashion Blogger/Writer who loves to help others create their own personal style in this fast paced world of fashion and just life in general. Having a Bachelors of Arts degree in Fashion Merchandise Management and Business from Mount Mary College in Milwaukee, WI I had then gone on to become a Stylist/Style Director at the #1 women’s boutique in Milwaukee, Fred Boutique.
Now living in the city of Chicago, I have been dedicated to helping my clients find their own personal style through advice, Styling Sessions, Closet Clean-outs, Consignment, and Look Books throughout the Chicagoland and Southeastern Wisconsin areas for over 6 years. I also worked as the former Wardrobe Stylist for The Whitney Reynolds Show in Chicago and am currently a Style Contributor for Chicago Woman Magazine.
*Where’s your favorite place to shop for business clothes?
I actually love taking my clients to LOFT and Nordstrom Rack, they both a have a great variety and selection at an affordable price.
*What’s the hardest part of owning your own business?
The hardest part is balancing and finding the time to do it all. I struggle with the life/work balance, and I am sure many other working women would agree with me on that! I wear many hats, and it is important to me to put my all into ever hat I wear and do the best I can.
*How do you distinguish yourself from competitors?
I think that just being real and honest, but not harsh with my clients helps them to open up to me as if I were a friend coming in to help them out. I also have business and fashion background knowledge to let them know what is worth spending money on and what is worth investing a little less in.
*Do you use any apps to manage your business? If so, what are your favorites?
I use HootSuite on and off, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Yelp for Business, and Google for Business. I would say that Google for my business and Instagram are my favorites. They both give great analytics, and Instagram has given me endless business/blog opportunities and connections
What, do you find, is the hardest part of developing your own style?
I think the hardest part is taking everything you see every day in magazines or on TV that you really like and trying to work that into your life, body type, and functionality on a day-to-day basis in your world. My job is always to help my clients find their own personal style within their comfort zone, but to also slightly push the limits to where they would have never picked the outfit and love it nonetheless!
For more stories about Chicago entrepreneurs, see past interviews with Windy City Cosmo here:
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Read about how to get dresses that fit, no bullshit from the Founder of MeasureMake, Krista Goral.