MEET JAMES

James R. Sanders is on a mission to bring purpose driven empowerment through timeless style and grace. Officially on some mastheads and in credits he’s been called: Fashion Editor, Contributing Writer, Celebrity Stylist, Correspondent, Costume Designer, and Creative Director. While every title rings true they are only a snapshot of who James really is and how his journey in fashion has inspired and him to help others.

I hate that there are people out there who feel like some opportunities or careers aren’t for them simply because they don’t have the resources. Where there’s a will there’s a way.
— James R. Sanders

James was raised by his grandmother, a retired Gospel singer and teacher. His first education in fashion came from sitting at the bottom of her bed and reading her collection of Vogue Magazines dating back to the 50s. He learned garment construction and handling, as a child each and every Sunday when he got dressed for church. It was there, that James learned the difference between style and fashion.

 James w. his mother

James w. his mother

 James loves fashion ALMOST as much as he loves chicken

James loves fashion ALMOST as much as he loves chicken

James went to Rowan University and graduated with a BA in Journalism in 2011. While there, he wrote for the college newspaper, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and The Huffington Post where he was given the opportunity in 2008 to cover the Obama campaign. While doing so, he picked up jobs (mostly unpaid) in fashion styling and event production. He attended his very first New York Fashion Week in September of 2007 the last year it was held at Bryant Park.

As a celebrity stylist, he's worked with the cast of “Scandal,” “True Blood,” and “Pretty Little Liars.” He’s done the Emmys, NAACP Image Awards, Golden Globes, Oscars, and the Grammys. Through empowerment, James believes that style is a way of life that has more to do with feelings and movement.

As a body-positive advocate, James has been featured for his personal style on countless blogs and websites. He’s given interviews on his shopping choices and favorite labels while endorsing and championing for bigger brands that are beginning to take notice of the unsung plus size men’s market.

His first coffee table project MAB the Book is slated for a Winter 2019 release. His talk show, Styled by James will be premiering it’s second season Spring 2019. He holds an MA in English from Saint Joseph’s University.

James lives in New York.

To contact James, email info@jamesrsanders.com

 Styled by James R. Sanders, Photographed by Seleah Simone

Styled by James R. Sanders, Photographed by Seleah Simone

Publishing my first story in Vogue Magazine was like a dream come true. It had become clear at that point, that I wasn’t just doing it for me, I was doing it for my grandmother too.
— James R. Sanders

He contributes regularly as a writer and stylist to such publications as: Vogue, Glamour, L’Officiel, The Huffington Post, Revolt TV, BuzzFeed. His 2008 sociological feature for the Huffington Post on Philadelphia was picked up by several news outlets and earned James an NAACP Image Award from a local chapter in New Jersey.

With appearances on ABC, FOX, E!, and other news outlets, James has become a go-to expert on style and current events. James’ brand of conscious humor has been said to perfectly blend serious issues with a brevity that elevates the conversation to a relatable place among diverse audiences.

 James in a candid photo

James in a candid photo