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Karen Parker O'Brien and John Varvatos
When Style Room  launched its Manhattan shopping tour about a year ago, the company’s owner Karen Parker O’Brien had no idea it would become the success it is today. It went from being Parker O’Brien’s fun sideline service to what would become a lucrative revenue stream, one that’s brought Style Room tons of new business and massive media attention. (CNN, Daily Candy, Washington Post…to name a few!)

In the old shopping tour world, shoppers used to be herded around showrooms and/or stores like cattle for deals on clothing and accessories. However, on a Style Room Tour Experience they roll around in a limo, stocked with cocktails and a mixologist. Yes, that’s right, a mixologist that will make you hotsy-totsy cocktails of your choice while you are personally escorted by Parker O’Brien into a private world open only to clothing and accessories store buyers, owners, magazine editors and stylists.

I caught up with DIVA Karen via phone the other day (she is in NYC and I’m in LA). We discussed Style Room and how her tour is raising the bar in shopping and giving NYC tourism a nod from traveling and native-Manhattan fashionistas who previously would have never been caught doing a shopping tour. Here’s a peek into our DIVA Girl Talk session.  Read the rest of this entry »

Tory Burch | DivasWhoDine.com
 

Tory Burch is an American fashion designer and founder of her label, Tory Burch.  Known best for her feminine designs, her iconic medallioned ballet flats have become an industry staple of every woman’s wardrobe.Burch began her fashion label in February of 2004 and it quickly took off, expanding into 18 boutiques. Oprah Winfrey publicly endorsed the line and later that year Burch opened her flagship store in New York. In 2008, she won the Council of Fashion Designers of America’s Accessory Designer of the Year. Her label is sold in boutiques worldwide as well as high-end retail chains such as Bergdorf Goodman, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Neiman Marcus.

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kelly_cutroneKelly Cutrone  is the founder and CEO of Peoples Revolution, which she started  in 1996.
Cutrone is responsible for setting the overall direction and strategy for People’s Revolution.

Earlier in life, Cutrone tried various endeavors, which included becoming a tarot card reader and getting a record deal from Atlantic Records in L.A., Cutrone began her career in public relations after having been introduced to Susan Blond, a prominent New York publicist, she  went on to become director of PR at Spin magazine for Bob Guccione, founder of the adult magazine Penthouse. Less than a year later, frustrated by the lack of power she had at the company,  Cutrone set up her own company, Cutrone & Weinberg, with former Susan Blond intern Jason Weinberg. They repped Eartha Kitt and the Smithereens among others. Read the rest of this entry »

kelly_cutroneKelly Cutrone  is the founder and CEO of Peoples Revolution, which she started  in 1996.
Cutrone is responsible for setting the overall direction and strategy for People’s Revolution.

Earlier in life, Cutrone tried various endeavors, which included becoming a tarot card reader and getting a record deal from Atlantic Records in L.A., Cutrone began her career in public relations after having been introduced to Susan Blond, a prominent New York publicist, she  went on to become director of PR at Spin magazine for Bob Guccione, founder of the adult magazine Penthouse. Less than a year later, frustrated by the lack of power she had at the company,  Cutrone set up her own company, Cutrone & Weinberg, with former Susan Blond intern Jason Weinberg. They repped Eartha Kitt and the Smithereens among others. Read the rest of this entry »