"As a wardrobe stylist for movies and a personal shopper for celebrities, Joan Kaufman (917-686-1669) values the fit of women's wool military-style, wide-lapel coats and jackets by designer Phoebe Phili at Chloé (850 Madison Ave., 212-717-8220); and the exquisite tailoring of nautically-influenced, crisp navy wool, gold-buttoned suits at French couturier Jean Paul Gaultier (759 Madison Ave., 212-249-0235). Nearby, the renowned designer does double duty at Hermès (691 Madison Ave., 212-751-3181), home of the legendary patterned silk print tie (and supple leather jackets lined with the same scrumptious fabrics). "A man's suit, shirt, and tie represent his sense of style and success," notes Kaufman."

"With years of experience as a costume designer on films and commercials too, she knows exactly where to go in the city for the perfect item and how to create a sophisticated look suited to your own personal sense of style. From shopping for men and women who want a whole new wardrobe, as well as finding key pieces for your home, she can find anything from jewellery to fabrics, from elegant to vintage to chic, in the department stores, boutiques and unique outlets around all the hottest shopping spots including Madison Avenue, SoHo, Greenwich Village, Elizabeth Street, the Meatpacking District and more!"   > view the article

"Joan completed her shopping with smooth efficiency, making a grueling task effortless, and she chose tasteful gifts."

"The greatest reward is bringing the best out of people. My clients are men and women of all tastes and types. When the clothes are right, you know immediately – the posture changes, their face lights up, it just gives them a lift."

"Whoever said you couldn't buy style must not have met Joan Kaufman, a personal shopper well-abreast of the ins and outs of the world's most upscale stores."