Welcome to our world
Hello and thank you for checking in with us! I'm Katie, I opened Petticoat Lane in December 2010 along with my mum Denise! Over the past 6 (well nearly) years we have added some very valuable members to our team. I will introduce our team one by one so you can get to know us a little better before your visit ?
Here is a picture of us all (minus Elle as she was living it up in Thailand) at Hannah's beautiful wedding back in May. We are all such good friends and not just work colleagues which creates a lovely, friendly atmosphere when your in store.
Denise - my mum (aka the cleaner). My poor mum makes sure the boutique is clean/tidy, drives miles running boxes to the dump, ensures the kitchen is stocked with nice sweet treats, tea and coffee and shifts any discontinued stock when possible(to name a few)! She does this while looking after my two boys a few days a week! My mum is a super star who deserves more recognition than being nicknamed the cleaner, we couldn't be without her!
Hannah - Hannah joined the team in 2014 and has became a valuable member! Hannah has taught me everything I know about social media! Facebook really was my limit until Hannah's input for Instagram and Snapchat helped progress our social media presence and I am blown away by our followers! This girl can take an amazing photo out of anything, honestly it must be her creative side! This is not Hannah's only string to her bow, she is such a friendly natured character and brides just love her! She has gained so many friends in brides over these two years and I know this will only grow! Hannah holds the fort when I'm not around and excels herself with her fabulous customer service skills and is the girl who along with myself places all the orders, liases with suppliers, posts and responds on social media - not just during work hours mind you! (and the list goes on)!!!! Hannah is going to become a mummy for the first time this December! This will be number 5 petticoat lane baby in 6 short years! Eeekkk we are super excited ❤️❤️❤️❤️
Paula - Where do I start about this girl? Paula has been with me from day 1 and I couldn't imagine anyone better to have spent my working days with! She makes us all laugh every day but has thee most wonderful way with her, such a great natured friendly girl and everyone that meets her just loves her as much as we all do! Paula has three beautiful boys and therefore works the unsocial hours so she can be at home for her boys during the day! You will see Paula in the boutique on appointments in the evenings and Saturdays! Her knowledge of the brands and stock and customer service is outstanding! She is just great at building a wonderful rapour with each and every bride!
Christine - Christine is my sister in law, married to my brother and has also been part of the team from day one! Christine is a free lance makeup artist and a mummy to three kiddies so works one night per week to keep her weekends free for bridal makeups, especially during summer months! Make sure you follow Christine's makeup page - Christine Patterson Make-up Artist to keep up to date with her latest work! She is a fabulous makeup artist! Christine has the most infectious laugh which you will hear throughout the boutique, always having fun with the brides! She is also very good at the behind scenes which lately has had to take a backseat due to her busy lifestyle but who knows you may see her more often round the boutique in months to come!
Shannon - Shannon started working with us while she was at school by helping tidy the dresses away, make tea or coffee and now Shannon knows the business as well as any of us! She has fabulous knowledge about each and every dress and her love for fashion and quirky edge allows her to style brides beautifully! Brides to be are going to have the pleasure of seeing much more of this wee beauty while Hannah is off on maternity leave! Shannon is taking a year out from her studies and working more at the boutique ❤️
Elle - Elle joined the team last year to cover my maternity while I took some time off with my boys! Elle worked in London for over 10 years so her experience and love for the industry is fantastic! The stories Elle has built up over these years are fascinating and we all love listening to them! Elle is also a seamstress and works freelance on this mainly! You will see Elle in the boutique on Fridays, she keeps her foot in the door this one day and covers holidays as she enjoys meeting new brides and the fashion side of the industry by styling brides! It's great when Elle is in an appointment as she can answer any questions about altering the dress and can explain exactly how it will be done!
I feel so lucky to have these girls working for me, they don't treat it as a job but as their own!
We hope you enjoyed our little introduction to our world here at Petticoat Lane! We hope you check in with us next week were we will be blogging all about our buying trips this year and any exciting brands and stock we have coming in store.