Recommended Professionals

I have done extensive research to bring you an incredible team of trusted professionals to assist you with other aspects of your image from make-up artists and tailors to hairstylists and barbers. When visiting them, mention “Personal Stylist, Vanessa Valiente” sent you to ensure you experience the most positive and thorough service.


Sante Tailoring (Maria Louisa) – Downtown San Diego
1150 7th Ave #3
San Diego, Ca 92101

* Cross St: B St. She is located deep inside the building that says Yoga One.
Tip: Always Call Maria Luisa the day before picking up your tailoring to ensure it is done. She is very busy and can every now and then misses a due date if you don’t call the day before. Also, parking is not convenient due to limited metered street parking and one-way streets. If you don’t want to look for parking, Maria Louisa recommends the parking lot behind Chase Bank on Broadway & 7th Ave. If you are making a quick drop off or pick up there are three 15-minute parking spots on A St. and 7th Ave that are often available.

Mesa Clothing & Alterations (Wahdat) – Mira Mesa
9823 Pacific Heights Blvd. Suite L
San Diego, Ca 92121
Note: AMAZING with leather and suede garments. This is the only place I take leather. Plenty of parking

Primo Alterations (Muna) – Mission Gorge
7433 Mission Gorge Rd
San Diego, CA 92120
Note: They have a large parking lot.


Cody Montarbo
3200 Adams Ave Suite 204
San Diego, Ca 92116
Note: It is located in a teeny unattractive shopping center, and it’s specific building is very nondescript, but once you open the door to Montarbo’s suite, you are transported to another place.


Antonella Annibale


The Real Real via Stephanie Larussa


Robin Dayley

Meg Marie


Yes Shoe Repair – UTC Area
4150 Regents Park Row Suite 165
La Jolla, CA 92037
Note: Good service at a great price, but they are not perfectionists. Check their work.

Gilbert’s Shoe Repair – Hillcrest
441 University Ave
San Diego, CA 92103
Note: Quality service, but overpriced. Always check your cobbler’s work.

Anthony’s Shoe Repair– Solana Beach
671 Lomas Santa Fe Dr
Solana Beach, CA 92075
Note: I have not personally used them yet, but some clients have raved. Always check your cobbler’s work.


Amber Mullen at The Lab Salon
619.948.6164 (c)
3034 University Avenue
San Diego, CA 92103

Dennie Whiteside at Santo Thomas
858.945.4113 (c)
2802 Juan Street Suite 16
San Diego, CA 92110


Ernesto, Stylist at Winn’s Barber Shop
445 University Ave
San Diego, Ca 92103


General Donation + Hygiene Products: Alpha Project
New & Gently Used Clothing: Father Joe’s
Women’s Work Wear – Dress For Success
Men & Women’s Work Wear – Southwestern Journalism Department
Stained or Ruined Garments – H&M Garment Collection at Fashion Valley
Formal Gowns – Princess Project
Shoes: Soles 4 Souls
Jeans – Madewell
Eileen Fisher Clothing – Any Eileen Fisher Store, or Mail It In
Coats & Jackets – One Warm Coat
New & Gently Used Clothing – VA San Diego Healthcare, 858.784.1352 (just call this number before you drop off your clothing and they will meet you in the front with a cart and a donation slip) 3350 La Jolla Village Drive (135), San Diego, CA  92161


Rachel A. Kowalski

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