Recently I was introduced to Satin Woods Boutique, an store based in Canada, focused on providing stylish and sophisticated fashions to full figured women. I also had the opportunity to speak with Shannon, one of the founders, who gave me some more insight into Satin Woods Boutique. Here is the short interview I held with Shannon, to help you get to know more about Satin Woods…
When was Satin Woods founded, and what was the inspiration behind it?
Satin Woods was founded in 2010. Our Founder is a plus size woman who has experienced first-hand the serious lack in plus size clothing options available. Additionally, she witnessed discrimination toward the curvy woman in stores, including plus size stores, which should have been a place of acceptance. These negative experiences led to the realization of the need for a boutique that caters exclusively to the plus size woman. The average woman now weighs over 150 lbs and wears a size 14 and ‘plus sizes’ should no longer be a stingy section in the back of stores.
What type of clothing do you carry, and in what sizes?
We carry exclusively plus size clothing in sizes 14+ Our range is the broadest in a boutique-style shop in Canada, carrying up to a true size 40. Our collection encompasses many style options including but not limited to: cocktail dresses, chic tops, sexy pencil skirts and funky jewellery including longer length sterling silver chains. Our collection is entirely hand-selected by us and nothing is carried in bulk so that our patrons may take pride in knowing their garments are unique.
What makes Satin Woods stand out from other Canadian plus size clothing stores?
Our founder is a plus size woman who understands the experiences of shopping for a curvy physique. You can read our blog where she touches on her own personal life experiences in a light-hearted manner. Also, we offer extended customer service hours so our busy clients have time to shop with us and contact us with inquiries after traiditional store-hours. We don’t roll up the red carpet at 5p.m. Additionally, we have an exclusively designed Loyalty Program that offers discounts on purchases and other perks. Full details can be obtained on our website.
If you have to share one fashion top with your plus size customer, what would it be?
Only one? That’s difficult! I’m cheating and listing two First, I’d like to touch on our Abby Twist Top which encompasses funky knot detailing under the bust which has received rave reviews on it’s flattering cut. It has a lower cut bustline which can be sported for a sexier look or paired with a cami for a more demure look. The second item is the Anastasia Corset Top. The flared skirt on it is also very flattering and the velvety details on the arm are unique and dramatic making a great top for a night out to the club or for dinner.
Pick one item you currently carry, that makes a perfect party dress – why so?
Parties should be a time to kick back, relax and let loose. The Alexandra Gathered Dress offers gorgeous draping details as well as peek-a-boo shoulders that show just a hint of skin for that added touch of allure. It is also fully lined, providing comfort without having to wear a slip underneath.
How can people order from Satin Woods?
Orders can be placed online through our secured website or via telephone.
What can we expect from Satin Woods in 2011 and beyond?
By demand, we have acquired a beautiful and cozy showroom so women can touch and try our amazing collection. As of February 2011, it will be open for winter hours in beautiful Port Stanley, Ontario which is located in South Western Ontario. Store hours and details can be obtained on our website. We can also be found on Twitter and Facebook.
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