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Meet Colette Chretien of La Fille Colette

Today we’d like to introduce you to Colette Chretien.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I’ve always been interested in fashion. I learned how to sew when I was maybe 10 or 11 and from then on, I was fascinated with designing and making unique garments for myself. In school, I studied fine art and worked a fashion angle into my projects any time I could. A year after graduating college, I decided to go for it and start my own fashion line. We started with a small collection of day-to-night dresses for Fall/Winter 2015 and have put out another collection of colorful, easy-to-wear dresses every year since.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
My first challenge was figuring out how to go from a design in my head to an actual dress that could be produced at scale. I spent the first year learning the clothing manufacturing process and getting our first collection ready. Whenever you’re making a physical product, there are a million different things that could go wrong, and every little thing can slow down the whole process. I don’t think anyone ever has a smooth road when they’re manufacturing something!

We’d love to hear more about your business.
I’m the designer and founder of La Fille Colette. I oversee all creative aspects and business operations of our company. We make all our garments in Massachusetts, locally and ethically. Manufacturing in the US, definitely sets us apart from the vast majority of fashion brands. Our distinctive designs also make La Fille Colette stand out. We design fun, vibrant pieces that are party-ready but will never make someone feel overdressed. We’re known for easy and chic day to night dresses. We take a lot of pride in creating the one dress that a woman will always feel good in, no matter the occasion.

What were you like growing up?
From a young age, I’ve loved to get dressed up, starting from the first time, I was able to dress myself and make my own decisions on what went into my outfit. I’ve always embraced dresses and never went through a tomboy phase, for better or for worse. I’m not the most athletically gifted individual and tended to steer away from sports. My interests ranged from acting in plays, dancing, reading, riding horses or doing anything with animals, and always creating some kind of art.

Pricing:

  • Our dresses range from $200-600.

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Stephanie Larsen

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