Boutique Original in Niles provides ladies’ fashions from Italy and Germany. They focus on plus-size mom for the wedding couple dresses, as well as fashionable wide-width footwear.
By Pam DeFiglio, Patch Staff
Action into Oak Mill Mall at Oakton and Milwaukee in Niles, and you also’ll see three extremely elegant shops—Boutique Original and Bonjour Madame, both devoted to special event dresses and ladies’ designer attire, therefore the Golden Shoe, a footwear store featuring top European design and convenience brands, both for people.
The firms are a family group event, started by Brigitta Guenther, whom started her job being a model in her indigenous Germany, since well as her child Marlies Vetter and Marlies’ son Jon Stewin.
Marlies describes the way the stores keep their fashionable flair and business model that is successful.
Area: How did the continuing company get going, so when?
Marlies Vetter: We had two shops formerly. We shut the only in Libertyville and went along to Mount Prospect. Brigitta and Gustav Guenther launched the shops; We have for ages been using the services of my mom each one of these full years, in the middle modeling.
The master of Oak Mill Mall approached my mom and asked whether she want to open company in this shopping mall. She chose to try it out since it was said to be like just a little European mall. She opened Boutique Original here; then because there had been a need for plus-size clothes, she exposed Bonjour Madame. Then Boutique Original got a tad too little into a larger space for us so we expanded it.
Then we’d the space that is old), therefore we exposed within the shoe shop here.
Patch: just how long are you in operation?
Marlies: we have been in operation completely 45 years. Our company is in this shopping mall 27 years. My son Jon is with us going back 25 years.
Patch: that has the basic concept for the company, and whom developed the style?
Marlies: Brigitta ended up being constantly into the fashion company. She had been a model in Germany. As soon as we found this country, she went along to work with people, like Margie’s Bridals. We arrived right right here when you look at the 1960s.
Our primary thing is dressy dresses. We found myself in that because more females began requiring mom associated with the wedding couple dresses.
Patch: who will be your web visitors?
Marlies: We appeal to mothers for the wedding couple and ladies who nevertheless head to balls also to ladies who desire to look a tiny bit various. And then we appeal to plus-size females. they cannot head to Macy’s, Lord and Taylor or Nordstrom in order to find one thing unique. Those shops just have actually just exactly exactly what the buyers purchase, and it’s really all of the same task.
We travel great deal therefore we get all around us to purchase. We head to Germany and Italy.
Not to mention, no body has plus-size mom associated with bride. Clients originate from every-where. I’ve individuals who fly in from Pennsylvania; they fly right here twice a 12 months to be able to purchase clothes. A lot of people originate from Wisconsin. I have developed a good clientele and We have extremely lovely clients.
Patch: who may have the touch that is artistic producing the shop displays?
Marlies: Which Is Brigitta. That is her forte, she actually is a merchandiser. She wants to place this with this and that with this. I really do which also.
Area: You carry some European brands; can you get lots of shoppers who will be initially from European countries?
Marlies: Yes, we do get plenty of European customers–Polish, Russian.
Patch: we additionally noticed The Golden Shoe holds some high-end European brands, such as for instance Josef Seibel and Mephisto, that are referred to as convenience brands. Those are difficult to get to get.
Marlies: Yes, i really do have customers whom come because we are the only person that holds brands that are certain.
Patch: your merchandise are unique. Have you got relationships with specific developers?
Marlies: Well, Frank Lyman, they may be a clothing company away from Canada that produces gorgeous pieces for maybe maybe perhaps not an actual price that is high. They truly are perhaps perhaps not for girls, nevertheless they’re trendy, young-looking designs. We offer a lot of these things.
Patch: what exactly are your shop hours?
Marlies: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10 to 6, and Tuesday and Thursday 10 to 8. Normally we close on Sundays, but we will likely be operational on Sundays through the termination of December from 11 to 3.
Patch: exactly exactly exactly What sizes would you carry?
Marlies: In Boutique Original, from size 6 to size 16. In Bonjour Madame, from 14W to 32.
Into the footwear shop, we carry extra-wide widths, which will be essential, because individuals can not realize that anywhere either. Particularly in something which appears razor- razor- sharp.
Patch: can you do alterations?
Marlies: Both of our alterations ladies have already been with us for over two decades and both are tremendous.
Patch: whatever else you’d like to include?