Known for his no-nonsense approach to fashion, Jimmy Contreras is a leading lifestyle expert in Philadelphia.
He lives, eats and breathes fashion - tirelessly working around the clock as editor of PhillyStreetStyle.com, as a style contributor for Fox29 and the head of public relations for MVPR, a food, fashion and destination agency that represents clients like the Accessories Council and Wilhelmina.
That's when he's
not in the front row at Fashion Week, of course.
start in Philadelphia more than a decade ago working for Nicole Miller, where he
managed the company's Manayunk boutique and ran the local wedding business.
helped open Kimberly Boutique on Rittenhouse Square and, eventually, his
own home, gift and baby boutique, JimmyStyle - all the while doling out hard-hitting advice as a stylist on nationally-syndicated shows like "The Look for Less," "The Makeover Story" and "Ambush Makeover."
In addition to his
regular fashion segments on Good Day Philadelphia, he
has contributed style advice to PhillyMag.com
and, soon, the MRPORTER.com website.
knack for spotting trends - and being able to adapt them for everyday people - has earned him impressive accolades.
And in the fall of this year, the organizers of Philadelphia Fashion Week honored Jimmy
as a member of the city's Fashion Elite at a black-tie affair.
And although he
has had a flare for fashion since he
was a youngster with a collection of silk shirts, it wasn't always his
Inspired by his time in AmeriCorps, he moved to Philadelphia 12 years ago to work in non-profits, and spent time with City Year Greater Philadelphia and MANNA.
Before that, he
worked in Louisiana and did his
college internship in the Clinton White House. (Yes, he
knew that intern.)
"spare" time, Jimmy volunteers with the American Heart Association
, MANNA and is a member of the Philadelphia Gay Tourism Caucus
- the group behind the rainbow street signs in the Gayborhood, a branding initiative that garnered national attention.
"If you haven't heard, Contreras
is like Stacy London, Clinton Kelly and Tim Gunn all rolled into a ball of energy with really great shoes.
-Philadelphia Style Magazine
is a force to be reckoned with in the Philadelphia fashion scene..." -Ruelala.com