Contributors @ Saks
With more than a decade as a fashion editor, penning features for the likes of Women’s Wear Daily, W, and Elegant Bride, Saks POV Editorial Director Sophia Chabbott brings innovation, creativity and passion to the forefront. From interviewing high profile designers to art directing fashion shoots, Sophia has an affinity for uncovering unique stories and discovering new talent. A native New Yorker, Sophia’s knowledge of fashion is expansive and eclectic, ranging from the history of pattern making to an encyclopedic familiarity with iconic runway collections.
Julee Kaplan is a freelance writer, editor and consultant in New York. She has been covering the business side of the fashion industry since 1999, having spent ten years as a reporter at Women's Wear Daily. Her work has appeared in W, Glamour, Suede and on AOL's StyleList.com. She is a graduate of St. Bonaventure University's Russell J. Jandoli School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
Kristen Somody Whalen
As one of New York City’s most sought-after event photographers, Kristen Somody Whalen has documented the glittering moments of elite Manhattan society. Her work has been published in a number of fashion magazines, including Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, Women’s Wear Daily, InStyle and V Magazine. A native of Connecticut, Whalen began her career as a photojournalist, later becoming the Photo Research Editor at Harper’s Bazaar. Whalen lives in NYC with her husband.View Kristen's blog
Londoner Sunita Kumar began her fashion career as a trainee buyer at Topshop in London. However, she realized that her true love was magazine editorial and began working with publications as diverse as Dazed & Confused, Wallpaper and the Sunday Times Style, under Fashion Director Isabella Blow. After moving to New York, she assisted Anastasia Barbieri of French Vogue and then joined W Magazine, eventually becoming Accessories Editor under Fashion Director Alex White. Sunita began her freelance styling career recently, working for clients as diverse as Gilt, Estee Lauder and Target.View Sunita's blog
Rachel Wolff is a Brooklyn-based art writer and critic. Her work has appeared in New York Magazine, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Town & Country, Condé Nast Traveler, ARTnews, Modern Painters, Art + Auction, and The Daily Beast. Originally from Chicago, Rachel is cooking, eating, or talking about food when she’s not writing or thinking about art.View Rachel's blog
Benjamin Liong Setiawan
With a decade of writing and editing under his belt, Benjamin Liong Setiawan has covered fashion from the inside. He earned his industry stripes at Saks Fifth Avenue, Giorgio Armani, Michael Kors and DKNY before transitioning into an editorial role at Surface Magazine. He has previously held the positions of Editor at Large at Racked.com and Fashion and Accessories Editor at Niche Media, where he directed menswear coverage. Benjamin holds a Bachelor's degree from Parsons, The New School for Design. Follow Benjamin on Twitter.View Benjamin's blog
Caroline Tell is a writer and social media consultant based in New York. She has covered the fashion and lifestyle industry for eight years, first at Time: Style & Design before moving on to Women’s Wear Daily. Tell is a graduate of the University of Michigan and NYU Graduate School for Journalism. She is a contributor to Women's Wear Daily, The Robb Report, Conde Nast Traveler and New York Magazine.View Caroline's blog
Photographer Isauro Martinez-Cairo was born in Mexico City, where he studied visual arts at La Esmeralda. After spending a decade as a professional painter and illustrator for various fashion publications, he moved to New York in 2003. Isauro specializes in portrait, interior and fine art photography, and has worked with such clients such as Morosso, Droog, Camper, Simons Canada and Saks Fifth Avenue.
With a writing pedigree enriched by stints at Esquire and The New York Times, Jennifer Kim knows her style ABC's. From Albaz to Zegna, this New Yorker prides herself on being a guide to all things good, and willing shares where to find the perfect cashmere sweater and how to pick a perfect glass of wine. Jennifer is currently a contributor to Bloomberg's Business Week.
Noa Griffel delved into photography and digital imaging at an early age, receiving her BFA in Photography at the age of 17. During an internship at Atlantic Records, her talent was discovered by Lyor Cohen, North American Chairman and CEO of Recorded Music for WMG. Noa now shoots for a variety music and fashion industry clients and her work has appeared in O: The Oprah Magazine, Vogue China, Harper's Bazaar, Glamour UK, Tatler, Grazia and Elle. Noa also holds an MFA in Computer Art from The School of Visual Arts.
Rachel Felder is a New York based writer, expert on trends and style, and brand consultant. Her work has appeared in outlets such as People, Rolling Stone, The Financial Times, Travel and Leisure, New York Magazine and many more. She is author of Manic Pop Thrill, a book examining the connection between music and style, and co-author with Coach's Reed Krakoff of the book Fighter. Currently working on a novel about her misspent youth in the music industry, she is typically found wearing MAC Ruby Woo red lipstick, listening to Ramones records, and carrying a vintage Chanel bag. Follow Rachel on Twitter.
Eric Perry came to New York from the small town of Mooresville, Indiana (population 12,000) to sow his oats as a graphic designer and art director. Since arriving in 2006, Eric has worked in brand management and development, book cover design, and art directed three global fashion magazines (including WWD Accessories, Menswear, and WWD Collections). In his free time Eric performs the trumpet in the Lesbian and Gay Big Apple Corps marching band (LGBAC). Eric serves as Creative Manager for SaksPOV.
A native of Houston, Erica Johasky shares her love of shoes with followers of Saks’ 10022-SHOE Tumblr, where she struts, poses and steps out in a dizzying collection of designer heels, all in celebration of Saks Fifth Avenue’s shoe floor. Erica is on her toes in the kitchen, too, where she’s been known to make dinner for twelve while wearing six inch stilettos.
Melanie Kwong is the Saks Fifth Avenue Social Media Community Manager, responsible for the Saks social channels from Facebook and Twitter to Instagram and Pinterest. Her background in social media comes from her experience as an Account Manager at the social media agency Attention and the world of public relations, having worked at LaForce & Stevens as a Social Media Specialist and Event Coordinator at New York Magazine. When not checking her multiple iPhones (as a social media maven, of course one just isn’t enough!) she’s attending concerts, food festivals or making friendship bracelets.
Texas native Alexis Clark took a circuitous path to her career in journalism. After a stint as an assistant buyer at Neiman Marcus, she enrolled in a graduate school at the University of Virginia. After earning a Master’s degree in government, she applied to Columbia Journalism School, and upon acceptance, moved to New York. After graduation, she joined the staff of Town & Country magazine, where she spent more than eight years as an editor covering weddings, philanthropists and charitable events across the country. Clark’s work has also appeared in Uptown magazine and the New York Times. Follow Alexis on Twitter.
Born with an insatiable appetite for over-sharing, Jenn Falik has been revealing her beauty and fashion favorites on television shows including Today Show, E! News, Rachael Ray and The View since 2005. She has a passion for the stories behind the products we know and love, as well as discovering stylish new solutions to everyday makeup and wardrobe woes. Jenn's newest role is that of mom and along with it has come her fine-tuned appreciation for makeup that can be applied with one hand, dry shampoo and jeans that look polished enough for a work meeting but don't creep down too low for hitting the floor in a mommy and me music class. On her blog, Jenn chronicles her life and the products that leave an impression on it. Follow Jenn on Twitter.View Jenn Falik's blog
She may be a proud native Ohioan, but Cecily Hall has lived in New York for the past 17 years. She has been involved in the publishing world for the very same 17 years — after graduating from The College of Wooster in Ohio with a degree in Media Communication, Cecily moved to New York City and began her writing career at Forbes Magazine and eventually made her way into the business world of fashion at Women's Wear Daily. She is currently a news contributor to Stylesight, a fashion trend forecasting service based in Manhattan. Cecily now lives with her zookeeper husband, her two young children and two cats (affectionately nicknamed "Fat" and "Big") in Cold Spring, New York.
A Los Angeles fashion lawyer by day, fashion blogger by night, Jenny has a passion for fashion and an insatiable appetite for all things pretty and sparkly. As a young professional with a demanding work schedule and an even more demanding social calendar, she is always on the look out for eye-catching style and versatile pieces that transition seamlessly from day to night. After all, it's absolutely illegal to not look fashionable and fabulous 24/7! Follow Jenny on Twitter.View Jenny's blog