SOMA Women in Business — Sharon Grazioso-Bianchi, J. Hilburn Custom Menswear

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Last fall, Matters Magazine cel­ebrated women in the South Orange-Maplewood business community with a feature spread on “Women in Business.” These women represent a range of  professions – from architecture and beauty to speech pathology and financial services. In all, 26 women-owned businesses are profiled. See the original Matters Magazine feature here.

Village Green has partnered with Matters Magazine to give these local women entrepreneurs a digital platform and is posting each profile individually on our website during the month of March — Women’s History Month. Today, we celebrate:

Sharon Grazioso-Bianchi, J. Hilburn Custom Menswear

Sharon Grazioso-Bianchi, J. Hilburn Custom Menswear. Photo credit: Jamie Meier.

Why I started my business
I saw an untapped need in the market for top-of-the-line, yet moderately-priced custom menswear using the services of a personal stylist – me!

My favorite moments in my business
Seeing the “before and afters”. I absolutely love when that look of confidence strikes my client right after he tries on his suits, shirts, and trousers for the first time. I call it the “peacock effect”. I get a lot of oohs and aahs from their wives/significant others, too. What a difference properly-fitting clothing can make, both physically and mentally!

Most valuable lesson learned
Work hard, be honest, and exceed customers’ expectations and the sales will come! Because, if they don’t look good, I don’t look good!



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