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F E AT U R E S The press plays an important role in spreading news about philanthropy and the people involved in it, Jean believes. “I think it encourages other people,” she notes. She has gotten involved with certain causes by reading about them, including, years ago, about the Stony Brook Southampton Hospital. Now, she has embraced social media as a way to get her message out, particularly Instagram, where she has over 170,000 followers. “I think that it’s a wonderful platform to promote philanthropy and also to encourage people.” About a year ago, she got serious about it and hired a consultant to help her manage her online presence. She also uses the platform to promote her interest in fashion, which helps to make her posts fun and eye-catching. “I am on the Couture Council board and try to help promote the work of our designers, particularly some younger, lesser-known designers. You will often see Jean wearing Oscar de la Renta, Zac Posen, Carolina Herrera, Victor dE Souza, Malan Breton, and B Michael, among others. Jean collects high fashion ball gowns that she hopes to donate to a museum — someday, as she still very much enjoys the experience of wearing these creations. She is currently in the process of archiving her gown collection with a company called Clio Archivists, the brainchild of two fashion industry insiders, one from Vogue and one who teaches fashion history at F.I.T. What drives her? “I live a good life and have been fortunate to have resources available to me. I believe we are not put on this earth to work with the intention of only giving to ourselves. When we share our resources, we come closer to understanding the meaning of life. With this in mind I remain committed and motivated to move forward with my work in philanthropy.”

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Social Life - August 2019 - Jean Shafiroff  

Social Life Magazine is the premier luxury publication for the Hamptons, celebrating 16 years of print. This issue features Jean Shafiroff.

Social Life - August 2019 - Jean Shafiroff  

Social Life Magazine is the premier luxury publication for the Hamptons, celebrating 16 years of print. This issue features Jean Shafiroff.