By Janee Law
Bridget Carlton, owner of Jessie & Sullivan, has a keen eye for picking the latest fashion trends, providing personal service and coordinating the perfect wardrobe for her clients.
A celebrity stylist for 14 years, Carlton opened the 1,000-square-foot women’s clothing boutique in Huntington village after moving to town with her family in June 2016.
Jessie & Sullivan offers pants, t-shirts, sweaters, jewelry, shoes and more from quality brands like Xirena, NSF, Frame, Chaser, and Bobi. It also carries local brands, such as Bonded By Beads in Babylon, Carlton said.
“The designers that I love and that I know celebrities crave and that really thrive in L.A. and N.Y. I couldn’t find here,” she said. “I wanted to bring all of the celebrity favorites and the great quality of products here.”
In 2003, Carlton graduated from Alfred University, where she worked in fashion shows, dressing models and coordinating their outfits. Well after she graduated, Carlton said, she began working at Intermix in Manhattan, where she learned the ropes of being a personal stylist.
She has previously worked with clients such as Paris and Nicky Hilton, Renee Zellweger, Kate Hudson, and Katie Holmes. She said she loved the job, giving them wardrobes for seasons and events.
The boutique, located at 286 New York Ave., Huntington, opened in October 2016. Last week, there was a ribbon cutting ceremony with the Huntington Chamber of Commerce, which Jessie & Sullivan is a member of.
Prices range from $20-$1,000, depending on the item. When picking style of clothing to carry, Carlton said she wanted to emphasize on casual items.
“I love walking into a store and seeing all these beautiful things but a lot of the times it doesn’t relate to a woman’s real life,” she said. “A lot of women are super busy being a mom, being a student or busy with work so I made it a focus to have more everyday clothes that could transcend from work to throwing on a pair of heels or staying in and relaxing.”
What makes a good stylist is having the innate drive to care about clients and the field.
“You have to want to do a lot of research and you have to want to stay current with styles and events that are going on,” Carlton said. “You have to have patients and you have to want to help people and care about fashion.”
What she loves about her job is connecting with women, while helping them focus on the great aspects of their physical appearance.
“Sometimes when women come in there, they tell me what they don’t like about themselves, but I show them all the other aspects of themselves that are amazing,” she said. “I love bonding with women and I love helping them realize that.”