About Le Dress Boutique
After 22 years working in the mortgage industry, I needed a little vacation. In the Spring of 2008, I was sitting on a deck in Costa Rica, watching the howler monkeys play. For some crazy reason, I decided to check my work e-mail, and was sent reeling by a memo describing the numerous mortgage products that I would no longer be able to offer upon my return to the states. At that moment, I decided to change my life. I’d been watching the “mortgage meltdown” for months, and knew the end of my career was near. I decided it was time to get off the Titanic – but what to do?
As a top salesperson, I earned numerous award trips to a 5 star resorts, over the past 9 years. Each year a big gala event would take place, which required two new dresses and all the accessories to go with them. It simply was not fitting, as a top producer, to wear the same dress twice when having a photo taken with the CEO. Each year, I would look in the closet and think “What a Waste!” The only other time I get really dressed up, is during the holidays, but my tropical and western resort dresses just weren’t suitable. So many dresses, with no place to go!
The thought of a consignment boutique specializing in high end dresses and gowns crossed my mind each year during awards season. Suddenly, I began to ask some of my friends what they thought about my idea and began to formulate a plan. In the past, I have been a consignor, but never a buyer at consignment shops. I often see old carpet and fixtures which does not inspire me to stay and shop. So I imagined a plan where my specialty dress boutique would have upscale, modern finishes, and the stylish atmosphere that would make a shopper want to stay and try on a number of dresses. My boutique would carry only fine gowns and dresses – the type that ladies wear only once, perhaps to a charity event. Le Dress would be a place where a woman could recycle her almost-new dress, and recoup some of her investment. It would also be a place where she would be thrilled to buy a couture or designer dress, in pristine condition, knowing that she saved hundreds, or even thousands of dollars. Le Dress Boutique would welcome brides without attitude, and allow them to stretch their bridal budget without compromising on quality and design
My name is Linda Morado, and I am the proprietress of Le Dress. I welcome you to come see our fabulous selection of New, Sample, and Once-Love Wedding gowns, Prom & Pageant Gowns, Evening, and Cocktail Dresses. We have a great team of ladies who will give you honest advice about what looks good on you: Sue (former owner of Silver Lining Bridal), Kathy (the weekender - she works Friday, Saturday, & Sunday), Jay (our fashion guru graduate of SCAD), and Kari (the Saturday girl who works for a non-profit during the weekdays), Carrie, Vicitoria, and Jen.