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January 16, 2014

Student Spotlight: Lisa Dolan '14

Student Spotlight: Lisa Dolan '14


Lisa Dolan ’14 is the founder of Savile Row Society, an exclusive men’s fashion club designed to enhance the personal branding of professional men. Learn how you can sharpen your game. 

What is unique about your company?
Savile Row Society (SRS) is unique when compared to other like-minded companies, because our customers choose how they want to interact with the site, from buying directly from “The Closet” or our lifestyle photography, to communicating with a personal stylist.

We differ from other online personal styling businesses in that, on our digital platform, we share all of our product images so that our clients can see exactly what they’re purchasing. We want to get to know our clients on a personal level to better cater to their needs, which is why we also open our showroom doors to all of our clients. They can come in, meet their stylist in person and try on our ready to wear clothes to make sure they’re ordering the perfect size.

How did you come up with idea?
During my five-year career in finance, the last 18 months were spent in the investment banking division of a well-known institution, where I toiled on the 43rd floor of a midtown Manhattan office building. It was there that I was exposed to the professional lives of incredibly skilled, hard-working, unassuming investment bankers. My prior work experiences were with a premier credit card provider with a great membership rewards program, as well as a boutique investment management firm.

Having graduated in the midst of a recession, I quickly recognized the importance of personal branding. Men today no longer remain with one company or profession for their entire career, making it much harder to create a brand for themselves. Personal image is more important than ever for career mobility and advancement.

In addition to this, I noted that most professional men today simply do not have the time, energy, or desire to go store-to-store shopping in order to enhance their personal image. This observation is what gave me the inspiration and drive to found Savile Row Society, Inc.

Which resources at Columbia and New York City have been most helpful to you?
Our team consists mostly of Columbia engineers who split their time between schoolwork and interning with Savile Row Society. Their expertise in engineering, web development and logistics has helped to enhance the inner workings of the company.

I am also very thankful for the counsel and advice from those at The Lang Center, and particularly the Columbia Entrepreneurs Lab. The resources and input of those involved with The Lang Center have been invaluable to Savile Row Society.

Lastly, I have greatly appreciated the counsel of Barbara Roberts and Derek Lee ’08. Their support throughout this process – coming to our events, and making themselves available for meetings – has definitely played a huge part in getting Savile Row Society to where it is today.

How can the community help you now?

The community can help Savile Row Society by spreading the word to friends and family.

To thank Columbia for all of the invaluable resources that have helped SRS, we have instituted the promo code CBS20 – anyone who uses CBS20 at checkout will receive $20 off of their first purchase. We want to make sure that we’re giving back to those who have helped us along the way.

How can people contact you?

As we are a digital platform, the best way to contact us would be through registering on the site, and chatting directly with a personal stylist.

We can also be reached at our company phone: 347.878.7280.
 

Spring 2014 Events

June 17, 2014

Columbia Business Lab Demo and Mentor Appreciation Reception

 

May 27, 2014

Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Columbia Demo Event
6:00-9:00pm
Venue - Morgan Stanley

 

May 21, 2014

Commencement

 

May 8, 2014

Entrepreneurs in Residence Workshop #6
12:30-2:00pm
Uris Hall Classroom 301

 

May 6, 2014

Lang Fund Board Meeting
9:00-2:00pm
Venue TBD

 

April 28, 2014

Greenhouse Class Reunion Dinner
6:00-8:30pm
Felberg Space, Warren Hall

 

April 21, 2014

Spring Venture Showcase
6:30-9:00pm
Uris Hall Classrooms 301, 303, 329, 331, 333

 

April 17, 2014

Brian Cohen Workshop
12:30-2:00pm
Uris Hall Classroom 142

 

April 15, 2014

Entrepreneur in Residence Austin Okere Workshop
12:30-2:00pm
Uris Hall Classroom 140

 

April 14 2014

Columbia Entrepreneurs Lab Deadline

 

April 11, 2014

#StartupColumbia Festival
Columbia University
 

 

April 10, 2014

Entrepreneur in Residence Jim Moore Workshop
12:30-2:00pm
Uris Hall Classroom 332

 

April 8, 2014

Pitch Workshop with David Rose
12:30-2:00pm
Uris Hall Classroom 301

 

April 7, 2014

Spring Venture Showcase Applications Due
MIDNIGHT via Gust

 

April 3, 2014

The Ecademy Awards
3:30-4:30pm
Alfred Lerner Hall Auditorium

 

March 27, 2014

Entrepreneurs in Residence Workshop #3
12:30-2:00pm
Uris Hall Classroom 307

 

March 27, 2014

Columbia Entrepreneurs Lab Event
6:00-9:00pm
Calder Lounge, Uris Hall

 

March 25, 2014

Columbia Entrepreneurs Lab Event
6:00-9:00pm
Uris Hall Classroom 332

 

March 10-20, 2014

Columbia Business Lab Interviews
9:00-6:00pm
Uris Hall Conference Room TBD

 

March 7, 2014

A. Lorne Weil SharkTank Competition
1:00-6:00pm
Uris Hall Classroom 332

 

March 6, 2014

Entrepreneurs in Residence Workshop #2
12:30-2:00pm
Uris Hall Classroom 307

 

February 27, 2014

Entrepreneurs in Residence Workshop #1
12:30-2:00pm
Uris Hall Classroom 307

 

February, 2014 - TBD

Columbia Business Lab Application - Link opens for submissions
(closes Sunday, March 9)

 

February, 2014 - TBD

Columbia Business Lab Info Session
12:30-2:00pm
Uris Hall Classroom 140

 

February 6, 2014

Lang Center Info Session
12:30-2:00pm
Uris Hall Classroom 140

 

February 4, 2014

Columbia Entrepreneurs Lab Lunch 'n' Learn
12:30-2:00pm
Uris Hall Classroom 333

 

February 3, 2014

Entrepreneurial Sounding Board Begins

 

January 13-17, 2014

Lean LaunchPad Block Week Course