What a pleasure to be in Shreveport, Louisiana this past week, delivering a Professional Dress Style Seminar to and having one-on one mini sessions with Ameriprise Financial employees.
In addition, I was able to assist a few individual clients with their closets and wardrobes, shopping for them at local boutiques. As a result, I had the privilege of meeting some of the friendly residents of Shreveport. At both John Pickens Clothiers and Knox Goodman's Boutique I was well taken care of by the stores' namesakes themselves. Elegantly appointed Knox greeted me at the front door with "May we help you find something fabulous today?" and showed me a multitude of dresses she deemed suitable for "dinin', dancin', drinkin' and prayin'." Her store's motto, "Beautiful clothes for beautiful women," certainly rang true in not only her inventory (which includes Yoana Barachi, Tracy Reese, and Alexis Bittar jewelry) but also in the graciousness of her staff. John Pickens (who carries lines including Robert Talbott, AG Adriano Goldschmied, and Hickey Freeman met my every need with gentlemanly flourish, including helping me custom order several items for my client.
Having worked with retailers for the past 14 years, it is wonderful to come across those who understand the value and purpose of a personal shopper/stylist and who seek to make my job easier, resulting in a win-win for both of us in the form of a pleased client! These retailers represent what all boutiques used to and still should be. I look forward to returning to this Louisiana city in the fall for another round.