Fashionista mom upcycle ball and wedding dresses in the new “Mini” boutique in Stockton

A brand new mini boutique has opened its doors on Teesside.

Leanne Robertson has always had a keen eye for fashion and has been in the industry for 15 years.

The 37-year-old entrepreneur opened his store on November 19th on Skinner Street in Stockton.

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The Thornaby mom also runs a change station within the store and plans to expand in the future.

She said, “I’ve worked as a seamstress for different people, but I’ve always wanted to run my own little business and be independent.

“I was looking for a unit to do some of my sewing from, but then I came up with the idea of ​​opening my own mini-boutique and change store.

“The place I found was already split in two, so it’s just perfect!”

Leanne, who studied fashion design and product promotion at Sunderland University, is currently running “new brands that are not common in the area” such as womenswear company Lavish Alice and Henry Holland.

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The mother of three further revealed that she would like local women to find their style and feel confident.

She added, “I would say my goal is women between the ages of 16 and 50. Often times, women in stores just buy things and hope they will fit or look right, so I want to help them find the style that will best suit them.

“With my experience, I hope to provide a bespoke service to help women find the style that best suits them, how to dress for their figure, what colors to match their skin tone, and what clothes to avoid.”

Leanne also plans to offer a bra fitting service in the future.

“All outfits have to start with good underwear underneath, so I hope to choose the right bra sizes in the future so that people can feel as good as possible in their clothes,” she said.

A passionate fashionista since she was ten, when her nana had buttons sewn onto pieces of fabric that she still has today, Leanne also branches out into the world of upcycling in her shop.

She explained, “I’m going to take on a new project where I’ll turn prom dresses into going out outfits, dresses, skirts, etc.

“Prom dresses are beautiful but difficult to wear again, so I hope to be able to turn them into something more wearable than someone having to buy a whole new outfit.

“My latest project is transforming a lady’s wedding dress into a gown for her baby’s christening, and I’m so happy with the way it turned out!

“I hope it’s the first of many.”

A wedding dress that Leanne turned into a christening gown

A wedding dress that Leanne transformed into a christening gown

Leanne said she has had “amazing support” since her store opened and hopes to expand it further in the future.

She added, “I would like to work with other local businesses because I think we all need to stick together.

“I want to work together on racing outfits by summer and I’m also thinking about sportswear by size so that everyone has access to the boutique, which I think is very important.”

You can find more information HERE on the shop’s Facebook page.

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