The Uncommon Life

Uncommon Personalities: Meet Jillian Brendlen

October 2, 2014
Jillian Brendlen | UncommonGoods

Jillian Brendlen, UncommonGoods Site Merchandiser


My hometown is…
Wyckoff, NJ

My favorite product that has entered the assortment at UncommonGoods since I’ve worked here is…
The Tagua Gem Necklace.

I’m inspired by…
My younger sister, MacKenzie, who is always unapologetically herself.

My guilty pleasure is…
Reading Us Weekly. I have the app, and I read it at night before I fall asleep.

An uncommon fact about me is…
A few months before I started at UG, I took a jewelry making class with designer Emilie Shapiro. At the time I had no idea that Emilie was one of UG’s incredibly skilled artists. An even weirder coincidence: sitting next to me in class was future Home Décor & Garden Buyer, Jamie Hoffman! Uncommon connection!

My favorite place to eat in New York City is…
Locanda Vini & Olii in Clinton Hill.

My Style is…
Feminine, classic, and a little bit preppy.

Working at UncommonGoods I’ve learned…
If you have a great idea, go for it! I’m so lucky to be working with such a talented, hardworking, and supportive group of people.

Would You Rather… star in a reality TV show about your life, OR have a movie made about you starring the actress of your choice?
A movie! It would be a semi-biographical rom-com with Kristen Bell as the lead!


  • Reply Sherrie Swan February 3, 2016 at 5:52 pm

    Hi Jillian. I’m writing for my mom, jean Styles. She started a business and is unable to see it through. Is a birthday stocking– instead of a boring bag or wrapping paper. She has 7,000 so there would be plenty for a large business like yours. You have many nice smaller gifts. I could have the option for someone to add $1.50 more to “gift bag” items before shipping. U could buy them all for pennies on her dollar. She’s retired and now 80 and moving to the beach and wants me to find a new “home” for the stockings. If you can send me your email address I could send u a photo of them. Thank you for your time. I think you would find them interesting.

    • Reply Cassie February 3, 2016 at 6:09 pm

      Thanks for reaching out, Sherrie! The best way to reach our buying team is to submit through our online form here: While Jillian does help manage the stream of fresh items coming into the assortment, our buyers actually decide what those items will be. Once you submit using that link, your information will get sent to the appropriate buyer.

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