For over a decade, Will has been styling clients from New York, New Jersey, California, and Texas. He carefully works with his clients, identifying their goals, and helping them find joy and confidence in their individual style. His journey to becoming a personal stylist grew out his own appreciation of fashion and was cultivated by working in a variety of retail settings, from branded stores to designer boutiques.
Will did not begin looking for a career in fashion. He began in music. However, by the time he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education in 2006, Will realized that music was not his calling.
“Towards the end of school, I found that I enjoyed styling myself even more than I enjoyed music,” he said. It was then Will started working in retail, discovering his innate gift of styling others. “It felt good working with people and making them feel good – picking out clothes that work for a person’s body type, skin tone, lifestyle, and making that person look and feel better.” Will knew that this was his calling.
In 2011, Will earned admission into the Fashion Design Program at the Fashion Institute of Technology, FIT, in New York, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude. He wanted to learn not only how to style people, but how apparel was made. “I think a good stylist needs to know how clothes are made,” he said, “to understand how things fit well on people. Nobody is off-the-rack. Even two people with the same size are not the same body type. A good stylist knows how a garment can be altered to look really good. Or, if they should choose something else.”
Will takes to heart what Iris Apfel – a long-standing fashion maverick – once said, “You have to look in the mirror and see yourself. If it feels good, then I know it’s for me. I don’t dress to be stared at, I dress for myself.”
Will never stops seeking inspiration. He draws it from classical music, from the people he meets, and even from architecture. He seldom draws it from the fashion industry itself. “I hate the idea of trends – that you have to follow certain rules to be accepted,” he said. Instead, he styles his clientele for themselves. He loves making people happy.
There’s little else in Will’s life that gives him as much meaning. Besides his beloved Havanese-Bichon mix, Katie, and his husband, Scott, Will finds himself continually drawn back to fashion and clothing. When asked what he would do if he weren't a stylist, Will answered, “Cook. Eat out. Play and snuggle with Katie,” and that he’d love to travel and see classical performances. But soon, he circled back around to “sketching, going to see fashion shows, and visiting stores.”
In fact, one day Will hopes to open his own store – “a physical store where my clients can visit and see pieces that have been curated for them – instead of looking at photographs or online.”