When I was a little girl, I spent a great deal of time with my Grandmother Nell. Nell wasn’t your typical grandmother, who wore an apron and baked cookies and pies. Instead, she wore a tailored dress (usually navy blue) and peep-toe pumps. Always those peep-toe pumps.
Nell owned a dress shop at the turn of the 20th century, a time when it was very rare for a single woman to run her own business. She sold her shop when she married my Grandfather, the love of her life.
Nine years later, she was a widow in her mid-30s raising two small children. And for the next 61 years (yes, the math is correct), Nell worked in dress shops custom-fitting garments for clients. Nell could dismantle a dress, taking the appropriate nips and tucks or adding fabric here and there so it would fit perfectly.
Unfortunately, I did not inherit my Grandmother’s talent. I can’t even sew a hem.
What I did inherit was Nell’s love of fabric, cut, fit and fashion. This love led to the opening of my boutique store here in Zionsville, Lesley Jane. When you come to Lesley Jane, you'll find a place filled with fashions in wearable fabrics that feel good and fit comfortably.
My store is also a treat for the senses - with colors, textures and silhouettes that I have hand-picked for you. I've tried to make our online store an enjoyable shopping experience, as if you visited Lesley Jane in person. It's a fun place to discover an ever-changing selection of fashions and styles to fit the season.
Lesley Jane is my ongoing passion. One I’ve shared for a lifetime with Grandmother Nell and now share with you. I hope you enjoy your visit.
Painting by: Kathy Meade