In Memory of Jill Glasgow Hutchison

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Jill Glasgow HutchisonIt was only weeks ago that I picked up the phone and called my friend Jill Glasgow Hutchison for a long over due chat.  We met when she worked at Charming Shoppes where she launched the highly successful Sonsi website.  Little did I know it would be the last time I ever spoke with her. Jill Glasgow Hutchison died Monday, November 25, 2013 surrounded by her loving family. She was just 32.

In that last call, she told me how much she loved her new job at Orchard Brands where she shined doing e-commerce and on-line marketing. It allowed her to work from her home in Upper Black Eddy, PA after years of enduring more than an hour commute each way to work. Best of all, it gave her more time with her precious dogs, Logan and Hollis,  and most of all her husband, Travis Hutchison. We talked about how she and Travis had planned to return to Italy. Always a fashionsita who dressed with impeccable taste, Jill teased about how she would have to bring extra luggage to Italy to get home all clothes she would buy!

Jill and Travis Hutchison

Jill’s professional talents were impressive.  She was one of the most motivated, focused and organized women I knew.  And she appeared to do it effortlessly!   She also had a creative streak that served her well in marketing and communications.

On the personal side, Jill was sharp, witty and always sensitive.  She genuinely cared about what was going on in your life.  When our daughter got married in June,  Jill remembered.  She sent an exquisite card with a Cinderella carriage and a very sweet greeting.  She was truly a beautiful person – inside and out.

The fashion industry will miss Jill contributions especially her tireless commitment to advancing fashions for plus size women, even though she had to be no bigger than a size 2!   I will miss picking up the phone and hearing her animated voice on the other end bursting energy and ideas. Most of all, I will always remember her laughter!

Sincerest sympathies to her husband and family.  May sweet memories ease your sorrow.




Dress designer Phyllis Brasch Librach, a former journalist, traded deadlines for hemlines to launch Sydney's Closet after she failed to find a plus size Prom dress that flattered her curvy teen-age daughter. Today Sydney's Closet is the leading fashion force in creating plus size special occasion dresses for Prom, Wedding, Formal and Cocktail. And her daughter just got married!

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