Meet Our Expert Team of Le Tote Select Merchants & Stylists

Hailing from Macy’s, Zappos, Kate Spade and more, our team of expert merchants and stylists have the connections and expertise to bring you the looks you love without breaking the bank.

Meet the Merchant: Ruth H.Quotes_Blog_Ruth

Your personal style is…
Clean and classic, with a twist. I like accessories, architectural shapes and feminine touches. I like to be on-trend but definitely not ‘trendy’.

Tell us a bit about your career before Le Tote.
I come from the corporate world and most recently, was at DSW as the chief merchant for women’s footwear and Macy’s before that. I’ve always been in the world of women’s fashion — apparel, accessories, handbags and footwear.  

What advice do you give our clients to help them find their personal style?
I always say try the trend. Look for pieces that push your personal boundaries but still makes you feel comfortable and confident. Communicate to your stylist that you are happy to experiment.

What’s something no one would guess about you?
People are often surprised to learn that I grew up in Vermont wearing jeans, fleece and L.L. Bean boots, in this wholesome casual environment, but ended up in fashion!

Meet the Merchant: Tessa G.

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What do you love most about being a Le Tote Merchant?
I love the balance of creativity and strategy. It’s so exciting to be entrenched in trends, product and style but also being able to leverage data and numbers to drive the business forward.

Tell us a bit about your career before Le Tote.
My first job in fashion was as a Merchandise Assistant at Piperlime.com. This was my introduction to accessories. From there I transitioned to the footwear team and then into apparel when I moved to New York to work for Kate Spade. Each category of fashion has its positives but jewelry and handbags remains my favorite.

Your personal style is…
Casual with a twist. I like my look to be comfortable and approachable but I then invest in statement accessories (shoes especially — guilty as charged!) to pull the basics together.  

What advice would you give our clients for looking and feeling their best?
Wear what you want! If you’re drawn to a trend, follow it; if you aren’t, no problem. Always wear what makes you feel good and when you feel good, that energy shines through in all you do.  

Meet the Merchant: Claire S.

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Tell us a bit about your career before Le Tote.
Both my parents own boutiques in the Napa valley, so I kind of grew up in the industry. I bought for my mom’s boutique while in college and then moved to Las Vegas for 7 years to be a buyer for zappos.com. I’ve been with Le Tote for 2.5 years and it’s still as fun as week one!

How would describe our personal style is?
I like to dabble in the latest trends, but typically invest in the classics. Most days you can catch me in jeans, high heels and a pop-color top, paired with a Chanel bag.

What advice would you give someone who’s trying to find their personal style?
Dress for your body type. Clothes are just the icing on the cake, simply meant to make you look as good
 as you feel.

What’s something no one would guess about you?
I always like to play two truths and a lie:
1. I attended Michael Jackson’s 40th bday party at Neverland Ranch
2. I go skydiving with my family on Easter Sundays
3. I didn’t get my license until I was 19 years old.
The answer is I got my license with I was 18… Only a minor variation of the truth!

Meet the Stylist: Taylor T.

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What do you love most about being a Le Tote Stylist?
Knowing that I was able to take the stress away from shopping, or putting together an outfit that makes the client’s day is super rewarding.

Tell us a bit about your career before Le Tote.
I studied fashion design and merchandising in college and have been working in fashion ever since — everything from retail, visual merchandising, buying and warehouse and now styling!  

Your personal style is…
Island casual with a little edge. I am all for a laid-back look that’s created with staple pieces. I love throwing on a leather jacket or a lace-up top to give a little edge to my everyday look.

What’s the most common request you get from Le Tote Select customers and what to do you tell them?
Stylish workwear tops the list. Everyone wants to look professional at work, but I always encourage people to sneak in their personal style to their M-F look.  

Meet the Stylist: Kemea S.

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What do you love most about being a Le Tote Stylist?
The opportunity to help women find pieces they will love and create outfits that make them feel amazing. Talking about trends with the other stylists is a plus!

Tell us a bit about your career before Le Tote.
I come from the world of fashion & lifestyle editorial — everything from fashion show reviews, interviews with designers, a street style column and interaction with social media influencers within the Portland creative community. Fashion and style is a big part of my life.

Your personal style is…
All black EVERYTHING but I am slowly pushing myself to wear more color.

What’s something no one would guess about you?
I was a drummer in two garage rock bands back in high school! 


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