Jillian Bremer

Jillian Bremer

Retail Entrepreneur, Sweet & Spark, Curated Vintage Jewelry
$100/Session | 2 Reviews
Expertise
  • Career Exploration
  • Industry Insight

About Me

For as long as I can remember, I've embodied an entrepreneurial spirit but, it wasn't until I looked fear in the face and got comfortable with it that I was able to thrive in it. You're allowed to feel both hope and fear together. I started my journey into the retail/ fashion space about 15 years ago at Syracuse University. Upon graduation, I moved across the country to start my career as a trainee in the industry renowned, 9 month retail management program at the Gap Inc. headquarters in San Francisco. Upon completion of the program, I stayed on as an assistant buyer with Old Navy. After spending a few years feeling like a small fish in a big pond, I decided to jump on an opportunity to help American Eagle Outfitters start a new children's brand at their Pittsburgh HQ offices. Armed with the fundamental skills to assortment and merchandise a line, I moved back across the country to gain a macro view of the industry by working in a start-up atmosphere for a huge corporation. It was the experience of a life time; traveling around the country, getting promoted quickly and working closely with an inspiring executive team. However, when I wasn't working and traveling, I found myself lonely in Pittsburgh and I began to question what success really meant to me. With extra alone time on hand than some of my other twenty something friends, I decided to use the time to get to know myself better. I ran five half marathons, one full and discovered an incredibly inspiring community of entrepreneurial bloggers and authors. Seth Godin is my all time favorite! When the new brand I was working on closed, this gave me the fuel I needed to turn down a lateral job with American Eagle and follow my dreams. I decided to take some time off to travel, spend time with family and clear my brain. I knew I wanted to start my own company but I had no idea what! That Summer, my dad invited me to go antiquing with him like we used to do when I was a kid twenty years prior. With my newly trained merchant eye, I could not get over the quality and design of vintage costume jewelry. I knew in my gut that this was my calling. Shortly there after, I moved back to San Francisco, where the juxtaposition of new and old is everywhere. I didn't have a recipe for how to start. Armed with intuition and love, I just went for it, meeting anyone and everyone I could for coffee. Three months later, I re-launched my lifestyle blog, Sweet & Spark, into what it is today, a curated vintage jewelry company. My dad and I travel around the world hunting the most modern finds. We're in our fifth year and still rarely see the same piece twice! It's been a ride filled with every emotion under the sun and I wouldn't trade it for the world. But, I never could have done this alone. I'm passionate about helping fellow entrepreneurs realize their fullest potential. Specifically, I can help you with: - Exploring career paths. I can help you answer, "What do I want to do with my life?" - Transitioning your side-hustle into a full-time role, "How do I start?" "How do I get over fear?" - Giving you insight into how to run your own company, specifically we can set-up individualized sessions around brand identity, assortment planning and pricing, marketing/content strategy, and financial/product planning

You only live One. Single. Time.

Get to Know Me

Current Position
Retail Entrepreneur, Sweet & Spark, Curated Vintage Jewelry
Previous Positions
Buying Intern, Bloomingdale's June 2005 - August 2005
Retail Management Trainee (RMP), Gap Inc. September 2006 - May 2007
Assistant Buyer , Old Navy June 2007 - November 2008
Associate Buyer- Merchandise Manager, American Eagle Outfitters December 2008 - May 2012
Education
B.S. Retail Management/ Marketing Dual - Syracuse University

Reviews

"Jillian was an amazing resource for how to get started launching an ecommerce business. Great and honest advice."
- Melanie R. , 36 Mar. 09, 2017