People often ask how I came up with the concept of a Plus Size store that caters to the mind, body & spirit of the curvaceous woman. To be honest, I have been extremely tall and overweight my entire life. When I was 13 years old I weighted 250lbs & I was 5’10” tall. There wasn’t a lot offered in the early 80’s for plus size women. Pickins’ were slim to say the least. I can recall going to a father-daughter dance in a dress my mom had worn to a wedding the year prior. At the age of 15 I started working in local boutiques and that is when I fell in LOVE with retail. I went on to Fashion School & worked in the fashion industry in NYC. You would think it would be easier to find plus size fashions in NYC but in truth the philosophy industry wide was (and still is) that you can “look but you can’t have” the styles skinny girls have. I spent DECADES drooling over fashions that I could never have because no one made them for me no matter how much I was willing to spend.
My AH-HA moment came in 2002. Sadly, we had a death in my family and I had NOTHING TO WEAR to the wake & funeral. A nightmare many of you have shared, I know. Though it was a LOT of money for me in those days, I had budgeted $300 for some new clothes. I spent the next 2 days in a frantic search for something that was of good quality and had some style to it. I drove from Boston to Hartford and my efforts were fruitless. After the funeral, many of the women in my family sat around & swapped war stories of trying to find clothes for the funeral and we all had the same tale to tell. That was the day that I said, “I’ll do it myself.” So, in 2003 and at the age of 29 I opened Botticelli.
The last 10 years have been an amazing experience for me. Though this venture started out as a profession it has really morphed into a vocation for me. It is impossible to not get emotionally involved when a bride grabs & hugs you for dear life because she thought it impossible for a dress to fit or that she could look beautiful in it. I have watched countless women transform from shy & self conscious to bubbly & audacious before my very eyes. The thrill of watching them has become nothing less than an addiction for me. I have been so blessed to be a part of so many women’s BIG moments and I am humbled every day by their faith & trust they have placed in me & my staff. I will never cease to be amazed by the women that Botticelli has brought into my life. The countless referrals & positive reviews make me think I’m on the right path.
Thank you for taking the time to get to know us and I invite you to visit with us & see for yourself why our customers rave about the Botticelli experience.
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Cindy · Married on 11/07/2015
I have been shopping an Botticelli for several years. When I became engaged, Jan was one of the people I immediately thought to share my news with. I knew she would find me a dress that was 100% "me". We made an appointment. I had been looking at dresses online and at a wedding expo. I had an idea of what I liked but was sure that style wouldn't be flattering. I had a blast trying on dresses and have to admit I enjoyed being the center of attention in shop on a busy Saturday afternoon. Jan brought out some great options and I was pleasantly surprised to find that a few styles looked really good! I did not expect shopping for a wedding gown to be an affirming life moment and make me feel really good about the image in the mirror - but it WAS!Sent on 05/12/2014
User3957961 · 2+ years ago
Absolutely amazing service. My first visit to try on dresses had to get rescheduled several times due to a snowstorm, and Jan worked with me to make sure that I was still able to go in and try on dresses with a friend from out of town. Jan really listens to what you want and what your style is, and she had pre-selected some gowns for me to try on before my first visit. I tried on many beautiful dresses in a bunch of different styles, and I found one that I fell in love with. I went back recently to try on dresses again after going to some other bridal shops, and none of them even came close to the level of service that Jan provided at Botticelli. When you're there, you are the main focus (there is only one bride in the store at a time), and Jan will really work with you and offer suggestions to help you find the perfect dress. I tried on some new dresses, and then I tried on the original dress that I fell in love with and wound up buying it along with a veil. The prices are completely reasonable...my original budget was $1500 and I got both my dress and the veil for a little bit more than that after taxes were factored in. I was nervous about wedding dress shopping and finding the right gown, but Jan took all the worry out and made it so easy (and all the dresses looked amazing on me!). I would recommend this shop to any and all plus-size brides out there who are looking for the perfect dress.Sent on 03/09/2014
Holly · Married on 09/20/2014
Jan is extremely knowledgable about her stock and ahat would look good on different body types. The first wedding dress she picked ended up being the one for me! She truly made the process enjoyable even though i was completely stressed out. Thanks so much for all your help!Sent on 06/08/2014
As a wedding officiant, I wholeheartedly recommend Botticelli for the curvy bride looking for not only the perfect dress but the perfect shopping experience. Everything about Botticelli affirms their knowledge of the latest in bridal fashions, their understanding of how important it is to find that dress of dreams, their delight in being part of a bride's special day, and their genuine respect for ALL brides.
Being a curvaceous(don't you just love the sound of that word!!)woman myself it is refreshing to see a vendor who will accomodate the full figured gal and do it with style and fashion!!! Their dresses are gorgeous and right in line with today's trends and looks........not outdated and like something banished to the clearance rack..........these are truly up to the moment looks for women to look their best. Victoria Kenyon, ToriaDolce Fine Desserts & Wedding Cakes