Rachael Russell Saiger & Isabela Grutman :: Working Moms Spotlight


Miami Moms Blog exists to encourage, equip, and empower local Moms with relevant content and a meaningful community. One of the ways we love to do this through our monthly Working Moms Spotlight Series. Each month we shine a spotlight on a local Mom or team of women who are juggling the demands of motherhood and business while also making an impact in the community. 

This month we are excited to share more about Style Saves and the women behind this amazing organization. I recently sat down with Style Saves Founder, Rachael Russell Saiger and Style Saves Vice President, Isabela Grutman, to learn about how they help underserved students in Miami and beyond.

Rachael Russell Saiger & Isabela Grutman :: Working Moms Spotlight

Without further ado, its is our pleasure to spotlight Rachael Russell Saiger and Isabela Grutman.  

How Fashion & Philanthropy Can Shape the Future

Last month Rachael became a mother for the first time to a beautiful baby girl. However, years before her daughter entered the world she was already influencing thousands of children and helping many students prepare for their monumental first day of school.

Rachael’s vision for Style Saves began out of a need she foresaw as a 23 year old when she took a sibling back to school shopping. The joy she witnessed in seeing someone close to her prepare for back to school made her think that it must not be the case for everyone. As a stylist in the fashion industry she saw how expendable inventory seemed to be for major brands. She understood there were children in need and thought there must be a way to bridge the gap. 

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In 2011, Style Saves began with the simple idea of uniting fashion and philanthropy. Rachael worked tirelessly without any resources or mentors early on as she learned to navigate the legalities associated with starting her own 501(c)3. Now, 8 years later Style Saves raises funds to support underprivileged students globally through a number of fashion focused fundraisers and giveback events.

Two Women United in Purpose 

The reach and impact of Style Saves is no doubt due to Rachael’s hard work and strategic partnerships with individuals who share her passion to impact others thorough fashion. One such partner is model and Miami mom of 2, Isabela Grutman, who serves as a Board Member for Style Saves. When Isabela moved to Miami she was looking for a charity to support and a mutual friend introduced her to Rachael.

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By combining their resources, brand contacts, and expertise in the fashion industry the two became the perfect combo to expand the vision. In the 4 years since they have partnered together Style Saves has quadrupled the number of students who are being impacted. Proof that when passion, purpose, and partnership collide, great things can happen!

When asked what inspired Rachael and Isabela to pioneer this path their responses aligned with how important they feel it is for their kids to see families in need and to help the community.  Rachael added, “There are endless causes that need attention. Everyone needs help. Find the ways you can help and do it.”

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Being a Mom in Business

As busy moms we can all understand the challenges of raising children while juggling additional responsibilities outside of the home. When asked about the challenges and rewards of being a working Mom Isabela shared, “The biggest challenge is trying to do everything: managing the house, the kids, charity, the restaurants. Regardless of the challenges, the biggest reward is the love that I receive from my two daughters. I want to be an example to them and I always want to try my best and be professional… To see their Mom as hardworking, independent, and powerful.”

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Being a Mom in business presents its own set of unique challenges. Both women believe in the power of doing something you love and it shows. 

How Style Saves is Impacting Miami  

Style Saves hosted their 9th annual “Back to School” at Mana Wynwood Convention Center in August where more than 7,500 students received uniforms, shoes and school supplies. In addition to onsite beauty services, students were able to shop for their supplies and accessories from well known brands including Puma, Skechers, Jordache. The Convention Center was converted to a department store environment enabling students to gain the confidence of shopping their own styles. 

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The event also included carnival-themed activities, food and performances courtesy of the Miami Heat, Event Depot, Hypemakerz, Zhantra, Frito Lay, Pizza Bar, Bunnie Cakes, The Diplomat Hotel, Evian, Health-Ade Kombucha, Sweet Leaf Tea, Vicky Bakery and Pepsi. 

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Students from over 300 organizations attended the annual event. Various homeless shelters, foster care programs, and migrant camps were represented at the event. Organizations represented included: South Florida Public Schools, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Voices for Children, Lotus House, The Guatemala-Mayan Center.

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Style Saves works with a wide range of partners to produce a variety of philanthropic initiatives including: Project Prom, Halloween & Holiday Events, Disaster Relief and International Service Trips. For more information, or to serve at an event, visit the Style Saves website or email info@stylesaves.org. 

Connect on Instagram with Style Saves, Rachael Russell Saiger, and Isabela Grutman.

Read previous Working Moms Spotlights by clicking the links below.

September 2018 Spotlight:  Melissa Medina

October 2018 Spotlight: Camila Canabal

November 2018 Spotlight: Carolyn Mara

January 2019 Spotlight: Elizabeth Simonton and Nichole Aldrich

February 2019 Spotlight: Meredith Kallaher 

March 2019 Spotlight: The Mom Economy 

April 2019 Spotlight: Natalia Zea 

May 2019 Spotlight: Jamie Jones

June 2019 Spotlight: Alexandra Valentin

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Cierra is the Owner & Founder of Miami Mom Collective. A Southern girl with Alabama roots, she has lived in California, Israel, China, Texas and Florida. Cierra quickly fell in love with the beauty and diversity of South Florida when she first visited Key Biscayne after reconnecting with (and later marrying!) her high school sweetheart. Before having children of her own, she oversaw more than 100 as the Director of Key Biscayne Presbyterian School. In 2017 she launched into her latest and greatest adventure: motherhood! Cierra is Mama to a joyful 5 year girl, an energetic 3 year old boy, snuggly 1 year old boy, and a smiley baby girl! Her hands and heart are FULL to say the least! Cierra is passionate about leading and developing women to use their unique gifts to serve and encourage others. She founded Miami Mom Collective to encourage, equip, and empower Moms with relevant resources and a meaningful community. Follow her on Instagram to stay connected.