As I was preparing my camera and notes for my interview last Wednesday, I approached the boutique window, and I have to say I was impressed with this chic little shop the minute I laid eyes on their display in the window. Before me was a gorgeous handmade orange maxi skirt paired with a perfectly tailored bright teal blouse. That's the moment I knew I was going to fall in love with the clothes designed by Terry.
Of course you want to know what amazing boutique I'm referring to and it is no other than Terry Jolo Brand. I am very excited to announce that I recently had the opportunity to work and collaborate with Terry and her crew of fabulous designers and seamstresses! So you know what that means? This article is going to take you behind the scenes of one of the chicest boutiques in the Pittsburgh area as well as tell you all about their process. Ready to get the run down?
The Owner, Terry
Of course I have to start with the woman behind the name and gorgeous work at Terry Jolo Boutique. First when meeting her she instantly made me feel comfortable. Her welcoming and down to earth attitude were truly the highlight of my interview with her, and of course it was wonderful hearing what she had to say about the industry, she really knows her stuff!
As she should, while in conversation, Terry had mentioned that, much like me, from the time the time she was a young girl, she always had a passion for making clothes (this started with styling and tailoring hand made clothes for her dolls).
Terry moved here in 2002 from South Africa, and of course her love of designing began to flourish even more. She purchased her first sewing machine in high school and continued on to higher education at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh which she graduated from in 2012.
Now, Terry is still running her boutique as she has been for the past two and a half years. Wondering what makes her boutique and brand so special? Well I personally thought it was a huge deal that they make every article of clothing in house. That's right. Their studio is attached to the boutique. They also make custom creations, and as their mission statement says: "We don't like to say 'we can't'. It doesn't matter what the project is, we will make it work." This being said I think it's safe to say that Terry Jolo takes customer care to a whole new level.
Another fun fact about this boutique is that they didn't just stop at clothing. Terry also markets a line of all natural mineral make-up as well as launching her own fragrance line containing both perfume and cologne. (I have to admit they both smell amazing and I will definitely be adding the perfume to my collection.)
One Last Silly Snapshot of Me in an Awesome Furry Purple Vest (could it be featured in my next #OOTD?!):
Want to check Terry Jolo out for yourself? You can find them at the following websites:
Or if you want to check it out in person and meet Terry and her talented crew, the address is:
Terry Jolo Brand 2724 E Carson St, Pittsburgh, PA 15203
Hours of operation:
Ever shopped at Terry Jolo Brand or has this article inspired you to stop in? Tell me about it in the comments!
Until next time,