My name is Zachary Ingwaldson and I am the founder of The Upscale Banker. The Upscale Banker is a family owned and operated small business located just outside of Sacramento, California. My initial focus was to provide accessories at an affordable cost conveniently, and I’ll explain why later. If you’re anything like me, you don’t like to shop unless you must. I searched for and created quality, coordinated business attire to elevate first and last impressions for professionals. It has since expanded to much more. Ten years ago I told my wife we would open a business, and we are finally here after years of preparation and goal setting. We genuinely appreciate you joining us on this journey. Please be patient with us as we grow together.
Initially I was convinced to sell the sets for much more than I intended, and for that I apologize. The quality has not and will not change. Every box is sent out by yours truly and inspected thoroughly. My true passion is self-development and to help others do the same. I do not think suits and tailored accessories will get you a job or will earn you a certain type of success. I do think it can help put you in the right conversation, the right door to open, or career if used appropriately. It shows the attention to detail that is an essential factor for success regardless of how you define it.
When I first started a career in corporate, I had zero education, experience, or professional clothing. I didn’t have nice shoes, a nice suit, or a nice vehicle. Pretty much everything I owned was handed down to me and it was too expensive to address the situation quickly. I’ve never shared this, but it was so bad that I had clients visit my job and say I couldn’t possibly work there because of the clothes that I wore. That always stuck with me. I knew my job well, and no matter how much it didn’t matter to me, people were going to make assumptions based on appearance. Gradually I accrued a nicer wardrobe to see if it would make a difference. I can honestly say no one ever said that to me again; however, and more importantly, it provided an opportunity for people to remember me (clients and co-workers), and it was also a good conversation starter for an introvert like myself. Along with my determination and dedication, it enabled me to provide for my family through promotions and raises, allowed my wife to stay at home to raise our kids, put my kids in the best school districts, and an eventual 6-figure income I was able to walk away from to pursue my dreams. I started with absolutely nothing but a purpose to provide for my family. I’m positive of the changes it has allowed for me, and I wanted to share it.
From my family to yours, our goal is to level the playing field and provide quality and affordable accessory sets for anyone to “make a statement”, regardless of your background.