Jill Zarin returns to ‘Housewives’ after building business empire: ‘It felt like I never left’

Jill Zarin has always had business on her brains, and it’s no surprise that she’s almost completely eluded film crews over the years, despite being a true New York Original Housewife.

She agreed that being back on the Bravo Network as the star of Peacock’s “The Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip: Ex-Wives Club” after nearly a decade away from TV screens felt “home. – in a wild and twisted way.

“It’s like I never left,” Zarin told FOX Business before joking that the cameras haven’t been completely turned off for the past few years. “I’ve been around, you know. I did BravoCon a few years ago.”

Zarin has become one of the franchise’s most beloved actors after starring as the original housewife on “The Real Housewives of New York City” since its inception in 2008.

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Cameras followed Zarin for four seasons as she maintained a grueling schedule working with her late husband Bobby at their Zarin Fabrics Warehouse and Home Furnishing store, a Lower East Side institution established in 1936, while raising her daughter Allyson and actively participating in a host of charities. causes.

“It’s like I never left,” Zarin said of Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip: Ex-Wives Club, before joking that the cameras haven’t been completely turned off for the past few years. “I’ve been around, you know. I did BravoCon a few years ago.” (Jill Zarine)

With years working in the apparel industry and an explosive Rolodex of high-end contacts, Zarin was a natural fit for “Housewives” and had the tagline, “I run with a fabulous circle of people.”

A major cast shake-up after season four in 2011 gave Zarin the opportunity to refocus on her career and expand the Zarin brand, which she has done to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars in sales through to multiple efforts.

The blossoming entrepreneur first launched her eponymous, affordable luxury rug collection in 2016 and saw her debut home collection land at nearly every major home furnishing retailer, including Macy’s, Kohl’s, Home Depot and Bed, Bath & Beyond.

She added furniture, cabinets, and bar carts, each with the goal of providing luxury living at an economical price. Interior design was only one piece of the puzzle, as she also maintained her Skweez Couture Shapewear and Hosiery brand.

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A major cast shake-up after RHONY’s fourth season in 2011 gave Zarin the opportunity to refocus on his career and expand the Zarin affordable luxury brand. (Jill Zarine)

The pandemic allowed Zarin to spend time at home with her family, and she collaborated with her daughter, creative director Allyson Shapiro, to launch the Jill & Ally brand based on tie-dye masks that Ally created. for herself and immediately went viral online.

The mother-daughter duo have taken action with the Noshes for Nurses crowdfunding campaign which they created to raise money to feed essential workers. To date, they have donated over 25,000 masks to medical professionals. They also raised $70,000 and distributed more than 200,000 meals to frontline workers, including hospital staff, police stations and firefighters.

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With business clearly still booming, Zarin has returned to the network that made her a household name.

“I had already seen the ‘Ultimate Girls Trip’ in the Turks and Caicos Islands, and I’m not going to lie – I had a bit of ‘FOMO’ (fear of missing out). I was known to have ‘ FOMO,” she said. “And, I’m like, you know, I want to do this.”

So Zarin signed on to play with former Housewives Brandi Glanville, Vicki Gunvalson, Phaedra Parks, Tamra Judge, Eva Marcille, Taylor Armstrong and Dorinda Medley at Medley’s iconic Blue Stone Manor in the Berkshires.

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While rumors swirled about Real Housewives of New York castings, Zarin had no comment. But she was ready to talk more about her new line of handbags flying off the shelves of Saks and the colorful crystal manifestation candles she can barely k (Jill Zarine)

She admitted to having “reservations” about the actual plans for filming, production and who would even be cast on the show.

“I was like, ‘Should I wait and see…Is this going to happen again? Maybe it’s not going to go well, and they’ll never do it again,'” she said. . “Or, are you doing it? And I jumped in and said, ‘Let’s do it. “”

And while all Bravo aficionados know that drama (especially at the Mansion) can break any tried housewife, Zarin was happy to be back with her on-screen family.

“I loved every minute. I mean, I didn’t love every minute – I have to be honest. There were a few minutes I didn’t love, but, for the most part, it was an experience tremendous.

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“I would do it again in a heartbeat, and if I could do those kinds of shows, I would be very happy.”

While rumors swirled about legacy casts for “Real Housewives of New York,” Zarin couldn’t comment. But she was ready to talk more about her new line of handbags flying off the shelves of Saks, the colorful crystal manifestation candles she can barely keep in stock and the latest “Housewives” clothes she’s created in homage to a favorite era in her ever-evolving history.

Jill Zarin and Ally Shapiro in RHONY outfits

The mother-daughter duo created “Housewives” clothing for JillyandAlly.com as a tribute to a favorite era in its ever-evolving history. (Jill Zarine)

She still finds time for philanthropic pursuits and plans to return her annual luxury Jill Zarin luncheon to the Hamptons in July to benefit the Bobby Zarin Community Trust in honor of her late husband and his battle with prostate cancer. thyroid. The exclusive evening had been postponed in recent years due to the pandemic.

The ultimate businesswoman has admitted that, despite her extremely full plate, she is genuinely happy to get in a few games on the court with her boyfriend Gary Brody.

“I just try to get through every day and finish all the things on my list tomorrow to look forward to playing tennis,” she said. “Because at the end of the day, Gary and I love playing tennis together, and that’s really what I want to do every day.”

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