James Smith has 30 years of experience in fashion, starting as a working model at the age of 14. Later, Smith began his creative career
as a window dresser for La Rue Des Reves in New York City's SoHo District in the early 1980s. Smith became a stylist for fashion photographers and
celebrity clients including Jane Fonda, Gladys Knight, Olivia Newton-John, and many pop entertainment and video artists of the time.
Trained as a fashion designer and digital fashion illustrator at the University of Cincinnati and New York's Fashion
Institute of Technology, Smith became a freelance fashion and textile print designer on Seventh Avenue for Lida Swimwear and Mattel Toys'
Barbie collections. He then became a hat designer for Whittle & Shon while continuing to design ready-to-wear fashion apparel
and textiles for Rebecca Taylor and Macy's Product Development, among others.
In the late 1990s, Smith became a tenant-based
commercial real estate broker on Park Avenue, using his fashion contacts to help fashion and beauty tenants acquire design room
space and ground floor retail locations, creating flagship retail stores for Rebecca Taylor, Edris Meat Hair Salon (meat packing district), and other fashion and beauty related tenants throughout NYC.
Smith's photography has appeared in publications both nationally and internationally. A gallery exhibition of his private avant-garde
work was shown at the Reflex Gallery, Paris, France in 2011, and the show currently is at the "Now Gallery" in
He was a nominee and subsequent finalist for NYC Artist Wanted, where his work appeared live in Times Square
and presented on the NASDAQ sign for the event in July 2012.
Smith heads his own private studio, launched in 1999, serving both individual and corporate clients throughout the U.S. and Europe.