Sam launched 9Tailors –– a singular female voice in an industry dominated by men. Samantha Shih is equal parts visionary and executor. Sam’s background as a management consultant for Deloitte has been critical in turning her dream into a reality and expanding 9Tailors to where it is today. She has grown the business without the use of any external funding from just a single person operation to a 12 person team across two continents. Her expertise, eye for design and overall soft touch in advising her mostly-male clientele has made her one of the most sought after menswear style advisors in the city. She has designed suits for young professionals and professional athletes alike, such as Devin McCourty of the Patriots, Justin Houston of the Kansas City Chiefs and Johnny Hekker of the LA Rams. Under Sam’s leadership, 9Tailors has won numerous local and national awards. The Knot named 9Tailors the best in menswear starting from 2013 through 2019. Since 2015, the Improper Bostonian and Boston Magazine have both awarded the 9Tailors team with “best of” in custom suiting.
Sam’s vision extends beyond crafting a custom suiting company. She aspires to having a greater impact beyond suiting. Sam spends her non-working hours helping to promote and foster female and minority entrepreneurs in starting and growing their businesses. She was in a panel of other distinguished female, minority business owners at the annual Color Magazine conference in 2010. She has since mentored Asian entrepreneurs through her involvement with the Boston chapter of the Asian Entrepreneurship Foundation, now known as Ace NextGen.
Ace NextGen strives to elevate the success of Asian entrepreneurs and is the millennial branch of the Asian/Pacific Islander American Chamber of Commerce & Entrepreneurship. And, finally, she was asked to be a speaker of the first national Ace NextGen conference for AAPI entrepreneurs in 2017. Finally, Sam heads the Equity & Inclusion committee for Phillips Academy Andover’s Alumni Council.
Most recently, Sam was honored with the 40 Under 40 award by the Boston Business Journal. When she is not at work, you can probably find her at the Children’s Museum or the Franklin
Park Zoo with her husband and her 2 year old son