Kerry Cordero: Certified in Image, Infectious in Approach
Fifteen years in corporate sales, a Masters Degree in English Lit, extensive training in image consulting techniques at The Fashion Institute of Technology, certification in image through the AICI, training in color analysis and transformational dress – these achievements have honed my skills as a wardrobe consultant, my taste and my expertise.
I am also a leader in my industry. I am a Past-President of the New York Tri-State Chapter for the AICI., I maintain my professional credentials yearly and because I work backstage every season at New York Fashion Week, I have an early and insider’s view into the world of clothing designers and retailing.
I’ve developed new concepts and content for W.Y.E. training. Clients include GE, IBM, KPMG, J&J and BMW.
Clients work with me because my passion for clothes is infectious and I help both men and women change their clothes and, ultimately, change their lives.
Early Influences, My Grandmother Pearl
When I was growing up, my grandmother Pearl told me, “a woman should always have a red blazer in her closet so she can wow them no matter what.” My grandmother was tall with an elegant silhouette, her hair was platinum white and she loved to sparkle and spark up a bit of controversy. She wore necklaces, oversize rings and gold bangles both fake and real and she smelled of Happy, the late Nineties classic perfume by Clinique. Pearl, whom I called Mommom, was my style mentor for all the years we had together.
When I was eight, she sent me a floor-length, white muslin dress with an enormous blue satin bow in the back to wear for my solo violin performance. I was an awful violinist and instead of playing, I turned my back to the audience, boldly showed off my draped satin bow and literally screeched out a few lines. And the audience loved me, my blue bow and the fact that I was finished!
Founding the First Look
My first career was in corporate sales and it was great, but it didn’t stick because I wanted to be outside or shopping. So in 2007, I founded The First Look Image Consulting and Personal Styling. By then, Mommom had moved to assisted living, or what she liked to call the old folks home, and I started to shop for her. She used to say, can you believe it Kerry, I’m ninety! Now it was my turn and I sent her a white jacquard blazer with high, rounded lapels, black patent leather flats and a smart, red handbag. She said she was only going downstairs to chat but we both knew she had to have sparkle no matter what. Mommom has passed on now but left me with her dazzling spirit, a few excellent hand-me-downs from her own closet and her words in my ear, “you take care of you now Kerry.”
Art, design, personal style, sparkle and joy – not to mention the basics of color theory, the importance of a polished first impression, the ability of the mind to further one’s success through en-clothed cognition and a love for learning all things style related – that’s what Mommom left me and what I’ve built The First Look Image upon.
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Corporate Training Sessions that Empower. Fortune 100 companies hire and retain me as a trainer for women and men because my approach to these sessions is not just informative but engaging. Learn more.
Individual Styling Sessions that Inspire. Individual clients hire me as their wardrobe consultant because I have both an uncanny knack for creating ensembles that flatter and express what you value the most and I’m also discrete, kind, honest and totally committed to client satisfaction. Learn more.
Are you interested in scheduling an exploratory ten minute talk about your personal style? Email me at email@example.com to set it up.