My very first impression of Jill Lindsey is her big, sunshine-like smile — which made me feel instantly welcomed when I first stepped into her Fort Greene boutique.
What seemed to me like a clothing boutique turns out to be much more than her eye-catching window display. It’s a wine bar & coffee shop that resembles the streets of Italy, handmade treasures made by global and local artisans, and of course Jill Lindsey brands she designed herself. She also offers wellness events and classes for all ages, connecting and strengthening the sense of community.
It’s the mixture of all these dimensions that makes Jill Lindsey store stand out from the crowd of ever-growing Brooklyn shops. I know, it may sound like this is a lot for one person to handle, it’s a strong community she built around her character that is her constant source of support and motivation.
We’re so excited to be able to interview Jill, on what it means for her to live your color!
September 1, 2016
1. Where did you grow up and how did it shape who you are today?
I grew up in Kansas, a bit in the country. It did shape me, by having a beautiful connection with nature, country, open skies have been incredible to grow around.
I also believe being grounded comes from strong connection with nature. Can I ask what brought you to NY?
My love for fashion brought me to NY. There is such opportunity and its the heart of the fashion industry!
”As for the cafe, I was in Florence Italy and enjoying a glass of wine when I was like “I want a store with a wine bar in it and great coffee” so I actually drew out the floor plan of the shop right then and there and it came to life.”
2. I love the concept of a lifestyle store that provides more experience than just shopping. Could you tell us how “Jill Lindsey” come to life?
The JILL LINDSEY Experience was created originally to get people into the store. At the time I opened there wasn’t much action on Myrtle Avenue, so I had to create a reason for people to come to my space. We began with 4 events a month, on craft, one plant, one food and one dating event. Then I just loved doing the events and partnering with amazing people that we kept growing and now our calendar is very full! As for the cafe, I was in Florence Italy and enjoying a glass of wine when I was like “I want a store with a wine bar in it and great coffee” so I actually drew out the floor plan of the shop right then and there and it came to life. The cafe just adds a great sense of community, you can shop have a coffee, enjoy wine in the garden really just relax into the space.
3. What motivates you to get up every morning?
Everything!! I am so excited everyday! To share experience with people, learn things, do things and really appreciate life.
I love that you wake up excited everyday! Could you tell us what is your secret to staying motivated through ups and downs?
I think it’s looking for the things that excite you, and centering your life around positivity and happiness.
”Trust your vision and point of view to make it your own.”
4. What advice would you give to someone who is currently trying to start a lifestyle shop? What was your first step of the journey?
Trust your vision and point of view to make it your own. My first step was to let my imagination run wild, and think about really what I want the experience of my space to be.
And what was your next step on making your imagination come true?
After I imagine an idea, I make a list or a plan of how to execute the vision. I make lot’s of lists and think about every little detail to make things special.
5. Could you tell us about the location you chose to photo shoot and why it holds a special place in your heart?
My store was the location which is where my heart lives! We have an enchanting back garden that is a very magical place!
Yes, the images shot the garden looks truly magical Is there a particular reason you chose to open a physical shop in Fort Greene when (few years ago) there wasn’t much foot traffic?
I live in Fort Greene, so I saw an opportunity for all the things my store offers. A place for shopping, coffee & wine, events, and wellness. I wanted a place for people to connect with product, people and experience. I found the space that is now JL and it was perfect, and the garden has been such a magical place to host events and special occasions!
6. What do you enjoy doing when you’re not curating items for the shop and organizing events?
I love cooking! Taking long walks thru the farmer’s market. I have a new found love for pilates, and our instructor Lizzy at the shop is so inspiring! I really just love adventuring whether it be in nature or city.
7. If you could only wear one color for the rest of your life, what would it be?
8. What does “Live Your Color” mean to you?
It means dress how you feel and be excited about your style!
Thank you Jill for sharing your color with us!
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