When I was invited to speak at an event in New Orleans I needed the IMPOSSIBLE to find attire - something dressy enough to convey some authority, "fun" enough to connect with the audience of art business owners, something flexible enough for maybe cool, maybe hot environment and something to fit my plus size shape. Like I said "impossible", right? NOT at Botticelli! Instead of having to take what fit, I had so many options I was almost overwhelmed! And not having had a history of having so many options, it was difficult for me to accurately assess what looked best. Jan, the owner, gave me her laser focus and insanely accurate intuition and had me looking FABULOUS in no time.Botticelli is now my FIRST stop when I need anything - casual, formal, corporate, fun - and the bra fitting I got when there was life changing. Jan makes you feel like you are her only customer and the other ladies in the store are so friendly and helpful. And a bonus? You won't break the bank! Botticelli's prices are almost always BETTER than the large department stores and the items are far better fitting and beautifully made.You will wonder where they've been all your life.
Jan is amazing. Being a plus size woman in corporate America is not easy. I had to go to our annual gala and awards ceremony. I needed classy sexy and feel good all in one! I went to party dress express and I could barely try on anything. I went to see jam and walked out with the perfect dress with minimal alterations! A true miracle. Jan gets it!!! My second time needing to buy formal and she won my business forever!!!
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People often ask how I came up with the concept of a Plus Size store that caters to the mind, body & spirit of the curvaceous woman. To be honest, I have been extremely tall and overweight my entire life. When I was 13 years old I weighted 250lbs & I was 5’10” tall. There wasn’t a lot offered in the early 80’s for plus size women. Pickins’ were slim to say the least. I can recall going to a father-daughter dance in a dress my mom had worn to a wedding the year prior. At the age of 15 I started working in local boutiques and that is when I fell in LOVE with retail. I went on to Fashion School & worked in the fashion industry in NYC. You would think it would be easier to find plus size fashions in NYC but in truth the philosophy industry wide was (and still is) that you can “look but you can’t have” the styles skinny girls have. I spent DECADES drooling over fashions that I could never have because no one made them for me no matter how much I was willing to spend.
My AH-HA moment came in 2002. Sadly, we had a death in my family and I had NOTHING TO WEAR to the wake & funeral. A nightmare many of you have shared, I know. Though it was a LOT of money for me in those days, I had budgeted $300 for some new clothes. I spent the next 2 days in a frantic search for something that was of good quality and had some style to it. I drove from Boston to Hartford and my efforts were fruitless. After the funeral, many of the women in my family sat around & swapped war stories of trying to find clothes for the funeral and we all had the same tale to tell. That was the day that I said, “I’ll do it myself.” So, in 2003 and at the age of 29 I opened Botticelli.
The last 10 years have been an amazing experience for me. Though this venture started out as a profession it has really morphed into a vocation for me. It is impossible to not get emotionally involved when a bride grabs & hugs you for dear life because she thought it impossible for a dress to fit or that she could look beautiful in it. I have watched countless women transform from shy & self conscious to bubbly & audacious before my very eyes. The thrill of watching them has become nothing less than an addiction for me. I have been so blessed to be a part of so many women’s BIG moments and I am humbled every day by their faith & trust they have placed in me & my staff. I will never cease to be amazed by the women that Botticelli has brought into my life. The countless referrals & positive reviews make me think I’m on the right path.
Thank you for taking the time to get to know us and I invite you to visit with us & see for yourself why our customers rave about the Botticelli experience.