Credited with spurring the rejuvenation of New York’s now-trendy Meatpacking district in the late 90s, founder and President of the Jeffrey boutique chain Jeffrey Kalinsky continues to pave the way in retail.
Serving as Director of Designer Merchandising at Nordstrom following the company’s acquisition of his namesake boutiques in 2005, Kalinsky was appointed to the role of Executive Vice President of Designer Merchandising in 2007. Currently the VP Fashion Director, Kalinsky has evolved the Seattle-based brand into a more contemporary and fashion forward retailer, appealing to a newer generation of luxury consumers through curating their seasonal designer catalog and by introducing designers such as Gucci, Nina Ricci and Comme des Garcons.
A former shoe buyer at Bob Ellis and Barneys New York, Kalinsky founded his first Jeffrey boutique in Atlanta in the early 90s and also established the first Jil Sander boutique in the southern city. Upon moving to New York in 1999, Kalinsky opened his second Jeffrey boutique to instant industry acclaim and became one of the first specialty stores to stock designers such as Gucci, Helmut Lang and Ann Demeulemeester.
In 1993, Kalinsky founded the Jeffrey Fashion Cares charity event, holding annual catwalk and fashion events in New York and Atlanta to raise funds for a multitude of charitable foundations. In 2015, the high-profile events raised over $700,000 for Lambda Legal, Hetrick-Martin Institute and ACRIA and an estimated $700,000 for Susan G. Komen Greater Atlanta & the Atlanta AIDS Fund.