Get To Know Our Stylists: Althea
Andrews would be nothing without our incredible stylists who work tirelessly to ensure our clients look and feel their best, day in and day out. We are so grateful for all they do, and we know you are too, so we wanted to help you get to know these fabulous individuals — how they shine as stylists and what they’re passionate about outside of fashion. This week we sat down with vibrant, energetic, and fun-loving Althea, where she shared with us how she likes to work with clients, her biggest style advice, and her favourite things about Toronto.
Stephanie: What location do you style at?
Althea: I style at the Bayview Village location.
S: How long have you been a stylist with Andrews?
A: Too long! I’m kidding! I’ve been with Andrews for about ten years give or take.
S: How would you describe your own personal style?
A: I’m kind of like a tennis ball. I bounce from style to style and like to mix it up. I may come in one day looking classic and serious, I may come in another day looking edgy, or I may come in looking vibrant and funky. I style myself based on the mood I’m in or the vibe I’m trying to achieve. I also always try to challenge myself in terms of what I can create.
S: How do you like to work with clients?
A: I like to work with clients by starting with conversations so I can get a clear sense of their vibe. I want the experience to be personal to who they are, so it’s really important to get to know each client individually, this also helps us build trust with each other. I ask a lot of questions about their lifestyle, personality, and style to ensure I’m pulling the right pieces for all their needs. I also strive to have fun with my clients! They’re here to relax, shop and enjoy, so I always keep it fun and full of laughter.
S: What’s your biggest style advice to clients looking to up their style game?
A: Don’t be afraid to take a chance. I encounter so many clients who are thinking about trying something new or different, but they’re afraid to do it. With the year that we’ve had with all the craziness of COVID, you have to just go for it without regrets. It’s fashion, it’s supposed to be fun!
S: What do you love most about helping clients put together looks?
A: The relationship, the trust we have with each other and seeing them love the beautiful pieces. I love that helping them put together looks, allows us to build a really strong relationship. The relationships I have with my clients are everything, they know they can reach out to me from a different time zone, and I’ll make sure they get exactly what they need.
S: What makes you unique as a stylist?
A: My smile, warmth, and easy-going personality. I work together with the client, and I make sure my clients are only walking out with pieces they look and feel fabulous in.
S: What are your favourite pieces at Andrews right now?
A: I’m always a huge fan of Smythe. I love my Canadian brands. But, I’ve actually fallen in love with a new brand we’re carrying called Forte Forte. It’s an Italian company with lots of uniquely romantic, sexy, and funky pieces. I’m feeling this line right now for sure!
S: What’s your favourite fashion trend this summer?
A: I love shorts! I’m all about the shorts, we’ve been in pants too long. It’s time to show a little leg. I love a short with a fun tee for the summer, something to bring some joy!
S: What do you like to do when you aren’t helping your clients look and feel fabulous?
A: I do play sports, I play soccer. I love that our patios are open now, so I’m excited to enjoy some time with friends, drinking a cocktail or two. I’m also really into Toronto events, like concerts, beer festivals, or sporting events. I really love to be social, so if I’m not styling, I’m out enjoying the city!
S: Speaking of enjoying the city, what are your three favourite Toronto things?
A: I really love eating at Tabule here in Bayview Village, the space is so beautiful, and the food is delicious. I highly recommend the Falafel — I cannot get enough! I just love the environment of Toronto. People are so friendly; you go for a walk, and you always meet someone. I mentioned I play soccer and love sporting events, so my third favourite Toronto thing is the TFC, the Toronto Football Club.
Althea embodies fun and always offers an experience that is relaxed and personalized to you. She will take the time to get to know you and your needs, while still having a few laughs along the way. Need some help to up your style game? Book an appointment with Althea @ Bayview and she will work with you to find the right pieces for your lifestyle and personality.
Looks by Althea @ Bayview
Article by Stephanie @ Virtual