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Fashion Friday: Meet Jessie Fisher, PBN's executive director

Name: Jessie Fisher, 44.

Who she is: Executive director of Preservation Buffalo Niagara (PBN), in the Market Arcade, 617 Main St. The former director of planning at Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper (now Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper) is a board member of the National Preservation Partners Network and Buffalo Niagara River Land Trust. She has a master’s degree in urban design and planning from the University of Washington in Seattle and a bachelor’s in political science and urban planning from Canisius College. Born in Seattle, she moved to Buffalo – her parents’ hometown – when she was in middle school and attended Buffalo Academy for Visual and Performing Arts and Buffalo Seminary. She and her husband, Scot, live in Buffalo with their four children – Rachel, 13; Simon, 11; Hannah, 7; and Oliver, 5 – and their three cats.

What she’s wearing: Poppy-colored pleated linen skirt with exposed seams she bought online at; black-and-white striped shirt; flat slingbacks from; colorful paper bead necklace from Global Villages on Grant Street that she borrowed from her cousin to wear to a party five years ago – and never returned. “It came home with me and has lived with me ever since. I just avoid seeing her when I’m wearing it,” she laughed.

Signature piece: She is never without a black, double-ring bound notebook with blank pages from MUJI that she uses for all note-taking in her life – from meeting memos to her kids’ appointments. She has a stack of them in her office. She discovered the notebooks at the MUJI  store at JFK International Airport about seven years ago and has been using them every since.

Fashion statement: “I spend a lot of time trying to explain to people how buildings work, how buildings stand up, what makes them structurally sound. And I love clothes that do the same thing, where you can see the structures visible in the clothes – box pleats, visible seams – that really give you a sense of how the clothes are constructed and how they are made, just the same as what we do with buildings every day,” she said.

Last purchase: A small necklace from Sasmita Batik Indonesia, in the Market Arcade, and a black stretch cotton-knit jacket from J.Crew. “It’s very warm but doesn’t feel oppressive,” she said.

In the market for: A dress to wear to PBN’s 2019 Preservation Awards May 16 at One Seneca Tower. “It’s a fun cocktail party. I’m in the market for a dress to wear that day that does the event justice,” she said.

Her paper bead necklace.  (Derek Gee/Buffalo News)

Her new coat from J.Crew. (Derek Gee/Buffalo News)

Her notebooks. (Derek Gee/Buffalo News)


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