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A Day In The Life: Mary Mackey Buyer & Clothing Stylist

Clothing trends are constantly evolving and changing, making the job of a buyer both exciting and nerve-wracking! Which brands do you approach? What will the clients need and love? How do you pick the perfect needles in the haystack of options that are out there? These are all questions that the expert, the fashion guru, the leading-by-example lady can answer! Mary is in charge of all of these things and so much more. Filled with intuition, knowledge and a whole lot of passion, this should be your go-to-girl for advice, trend questions, fitting room support or maybe just a hug. She is as sweet as she is sassy and The James Boutique is proud to have her!


Starting her day with a little caffeine, a walk with her pups and some mind-clearing yoga, she always comes in with a sunny “hey, how are ya.” When she’s not in the boutique she is busy on her laptop picking out the perfect pieces to add to the shelves. “Our clients play a huge part in what I order,” says Mary. Connecting with shoppers, building an intimate and personal relationship is one of her favorite aspects of her role. “Being on the floor allows me to really listen and understand what they want to see, and gives me a direction to move in that will stretch them a little too.”


“I’m so excited about everything we will have to offer this fall in both the East Grand Rapids location and our brand new build in Ada opening this August!” While the rest of us are soaking up every bit of summer we can get, Mary has been focusing on what trends will be waiting for us come fall. “Snake print is the new neutral, you will see an abundance of saturated colors and deeper jewel tones, and for the men we are anticipating a more casual trend… think more happy hour and less office.”


Chatting with Mary felt much like visiting with an old friend… and we couldn’t walk away empty handed of course! She is a MUST on the list of to-do’s in Grand Rapids as is The James Boutique! You can catch a sneak peek or two and join the mailing list at Happy shopping friends!

Kara Cole Turner