EXCLUSIVE: Project Runway producer The Weinstein Co. has teamed with Lifetime for another fashion-themed reality series. Lifetime has greenlighted Million Dollar Shoppers, a six-episode hourlong series set in the exclusive world of personal shopping. It will premiere on October 10, at 10:30 PM, immediately following Project Runway, before moving to its regular time slot at 10 PM on October 24. Each episode of Million Dollar Shoppers will feature three personal shoppers as they try to meet the fashion needs of their rich, famous, powerful and often high-maintenance clients. With their pride, reputation and, ultimately, final commission on the line, the shoppers take close inventory of their clients’ closets and homes before consulting with them about the task, ranging from finding an outfit for a specific event, packing for an upcoming vacation or an entire wardrobe makeover. With the customers’ credit cards in hand, the shoppers use their retail sense and fashion connections to purchase what they believe fulfills their clients’ vision until the clients meticulously review all purchases before approving each and every expense. Each week, viewers will follow the driven shoppers to see who rakes in the most commission and the ultimate bragging rights. Personal shopping has drawn interest from TV recently, with Girls‘ Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner developing a comedy for HBO about long-time Bergdorf Goodman personal shopper and New York institution Betty Halbreich.
Million Dollar Shoppers is produced by True Entertainment and The Weinstein Co. Harvey Weinstein, Bob Weinstein and Meryl Poster executive produce, with Patrick Reardon as co-executive producer along with Glenda Hersh, Steven Weinstock, David Stefanou, Colleen Sands and Noah Samton. Here is bio information about the personal shoppers featured on the series.
Barbet Smith (48) is a hockey mom of four and a personal shopper. Raised in Westchester County, New York, Barbet has impeccable taste but is unaffected by the exorbitant wealth of her clients. Outgoing and friendly, she is most interested in making someone feel amazing about themselves instead of making money for herself.
Gregg Asher (37) & Tayler Sandvick (31) met at the Christian Dior grand opening party. The two instantly clicked and, together, use their fierce fashion sense and outgoing personalities to take the fashion scene by storm for clients who live in New York, Los Angeles and Dallas. People often think they are siblings because they fight like brother and sister, but with Sandvick’s couture background and Asher’s crazy eccentric style, the two complement each other perfectly.
Amy Salinger (34) calls herself “The Garment Whisperer” because she has a 90% purchase rate on the clothes she chooses for her clients. She began her career at doing behind-the-scenes makeovers for The Oprah Winfrey Show.
Derek Roche (30) landed his first styling internship for Sex and the City stylist Patricia Field while he was still in college. He went on to work at Vibe magazine, Ralph Lauren and Condé Nast. In a strange turn of events involving interviews and wardrobe tests, Roche was offered a job as Sean Combs “Diddy” full time personal stylist. His current celebrity client roster is deep and includes Nicki Minaj, Ne-Yo, Kobe Bryant and Jason Derulo.