The Team of Willow St. Gives to The Community Food Bank of New Jersey; courtesy Willow St.
“Every little bit counts. And in these times I think it’s time for all of us to come together as a community, put down our cell phones, give someone a smile, give someone a hug. I want to get back to the basics, support each other and our community – shopping local and small is a great way to start.”Lezli Salz-Bradley, Owner Willow St.
Last night a favorite local Summit boutique, Willow St. held its 2nd annual Fall Fashion Show (with a shopping party to follow). Owner Lezli spoke before the event, thanking the audience and her valued customers for their support for 23 years. For the shopping portion of the evening, Willow St. donated 10% of the shopping proceeds to the Community Food Bank of New Jersey. Before the show, Lezli talked about her favorite fall fashion trends seen in the , including velvet. “Velvet is my most favorite trend of the season. Kind of like velvet on everything – velvet shoes, velvet blazers – it really takes the most boring outfit and gives it a big pump … you can just do anything with velvet.” Other trends seen in the show included sneakers, ruffled/billowy sleeves, and studs. Lezli, I hear you on the velvet!!
It was a fun night of fashion and music but the best part was shopping local with community, and shopping with heart!
Lezli Salz-Bradley is the owner of Willow St. Boutique located in both Summit and Morristown, New Jersey. Her boutiques reflect her creative and adventurous style and carry a variety of interesting designer choices. When you walk in there is always someone ready to help with informed styling options. I love Willow St. because it reminds me of my time as a child in Southern California; chic dressing yet with a casual and bohemian edge (and much like the Ann Taylor-of old that I remember as a seventh-grader, shopping with my mom). Unplugged, here are Lezli’s thoughts …
“My father brought fashion into our home at an early age; he owned several women’s clothing stores in Denver, Colorado. I have always felt that fashion is one’s self expression and my way of exploring my inner self, good or bad.
I knew that I always wanted to be my own boss and if I could incorporate my love of fashion it would be a win-win!
I love bringing new designers and new styles to our clients. I can visualize certain customers in particular colors and styles. I love introducing newness. It’s a sort of high when I find a designer that offers something original. I love to wow my customers!
One of the things I notice is that women are hesitant to try new things. That’s where my staff shines; getting them to be adventurous and make the outfit their own. I love it when I hear ‘I would never have tried that if you didn’t suggest it, and I was the hit of the party!’
I think clothing does affect our self-esteem; whether it is hiding a bulge here and there or just bringing a smile to someone’s face with a sparkling necklace or earring.”
Excuse me while I run to Willow St. to find those great pants that Lezli is wearing! Is that pleather with velvet trim?