Kim Johnson Gross is an award winning, international best-selling author, editor, strategic brand content developer, and expert in style.
She understands the power of content, and how when it’s communicated effectively, it inspires and empowers women and men to make more confident lifestyle choices.
Through books, magazines, style seminars, personal style consultations, social media, videos and television, she has helped men and women of many ages gain style-confidence. She believes that when you have style-confidence, you will feel body-confident, which will help you be more life-confident.
Kim started her career as a model at Ford Model Agency, Fashion Editor at Town & Country, Style Director at Avenue Magazine, and Fashion Director at Esquire. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania.
As a Personal Style Consultant, Kim helps her clients with Value Style Proposition—the power of communicating their personal brand through what they wear professionally, whether to get a job or communicate authority within a job. She is passionate about helping women and men whose body or lifestyles are in transition—menopause, retirement, divorce, mother-of-the bride/groom, transgender, dating, illness—dress with confidence.
FABULOUS FIRSTS AFTER FIFTY
Kim's blog & Facebook page features women who inspire us with their ageless sense of style and adventure as they continue to bloom.
A Fabulous First: My mom has always been my inspiration for adventure & style. Here we are at Machu Picchu. She was 83 and wanted to go, so we went!
WHAT TO WEAR FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE
Ageless Secrets of Style
(Springboard Press/Grand Central Publishing, 2010)
"Style doesn't age, it evolves."
Many of us experience closet confusion as we transition into the next part of our lives.
What to Wear for the Rest of Your Life helps to redefine your Feel-Good closet, and inspire with "clothes meet life" stories of women who have rediscovered their style, body and life confidence.
The Chic Simple
series is a primer for living well but sensibly. It’s for those who believe that quality of life comes not in accumulating things, but in paring down to the essentials. Chic Simple
enables readers to bring value and style to their lives with economy and simplicity.
"The more you know, the less you need."
A menswear classic.
Editor. Introduction by Woody Hochswender
A conversation with Iris Apfel about Ageless Style—Lighthouse for the Blind fundraiser, NYC
AGELESS SECRETS OF STYLE:
The League, Naples, FLA
Monmouth County Conservatory Foundation
Image for Success, San Francisco
Women & Fashion, Palm Beach
92nd Street Y Tribeca
Women Trustees, University of Pennsylvania
Colorado Springs Women's Expo (sponsored by Chico's)
EWGA, Long Island Chapter
Women In Communication, NYC & CT
Wharton School of Business
Vanguard Group (sponsored by Jones New York)
CHIC SIMPLE STYLE:
Ford Motor Company—EVP Global Summit
Orlando Museum of Art
Retailers including Target, Witchery (AU), Nordstrom, Banana Republic, Brooks Brothers, Lord & Taylor, Hechts, May, Macy's (Marshall Field), Tanger Outlets
Scarves are the backbone of every stylish woman's wardrobe. Here are three classics and several ways to wear them to max out your scarf wardrobe with incredible chic & feel-good fun!
Style contributor & host of learn-how-now style videos
Developed and hosted how-to wardrobe videos
Guest appearances on local, national and international television and radio including BBC London, NPR, CNN, Food Network, Martha Stewart Living, Japanese television, Fox News and regular appearances on The Today Show.
VIDEO EXCERPTS: CBS MORNING SHOW
Developed & hosted 13 Chic Simple lifestyle segments sponsored by Hallmark
Q2: co-creator & co-host of weekly Chic Simple television show
Co-creator: Chic Simple Magazine
ESQUIRE MAGAZINE (Editor: Lee Eisenberg. Publisher: Philip Moffet, Randy Jones)
Editorial Fashion Director. Recipient of Menswear Industry annual editorial award.
Fashion Marketing Director: creator of Trade Talk & Esquire Eye; editor & host of fashion video series
AVENUE MAGAZINE (Editor: Michael Shnayerson. Publisher & owner: Judy Price)
Style Editor: fashion, beauty, home. Launched On the Avenue
Recipient of Communication Design Award for editorial feature.
TOWN & COUNTRY (Editor: Frank Zachary. Fashion Director: Mary Louise Norton)
Fashion & Shopping Editor
BETTER HOMES & GARDENS
BUSINESS WEEK Special Section on Menswear
Fall Fashion, Ageless, Style
STYLE COLUMNIST: NYCityWoman.com
This season's fashion is fabulous, and proves that style is ageless.
What to Wear for the Rest of Your Life
Chic Simple Solutions
TARGET.COM Shop with Kim & Jeff
FRESH MEDIA NETWORKS: mi.Hair (2013-2015) Created brand identity and developed content and ecommerce App to generate revenue for
independent beauty professionals.
BOUTIQUE JACOB, Canada (2013) Created an e-commerce and content prototype of blog and brand book. Trained in-house team to manage.
CHICO'S (2012) Consulted on ways to expand Chico’s demographic including a personalized lifestyle content
and community outreach via social media off their ecommerce site.
JUST ASK A WOMAN
Innovative beauty product
Cheap chic line of new hotels
FORD MOTOR COMPANY
Presented seminar on simplicity, value and style for EVP global executives
Competed and won with The Partners (WPP) a brand creative and design review
Produced first Ford Brand Book since 1964
"Real" beauty campaign
Chic Simple Magazine & extended media platforms