Brenchley | Mandeville, LA

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

It took a jewelry designer friend in Los Angeles to tell me about Brenchley, the shoe & accessory boutique 6 miles up the road from me. In search of a pair of staple summer earrings, I popped into the store one afternoon. Light music playing, friendly sales gal. Floor to ceiling shoes and bags, rolling racks of colorful garments, but it was the sprawling farmhouse sized table of jewelry in the back that had me. I hadn't seen a selection of such stylish, quality jewelry - from large brands to independent designers - in one place in a long, long time. I typically walk into a boutique, maybe find something but usually not. I'm hard to please and particular. But here, I could have walked out with several pieces, and that rarely happens. Which is why I'm writing about it right now- if you appreciate jewelry, you need to know about this place if you don't already. As with most places that I fall for, I like to know who the person is behind it all, how they got started, what makes them tick & keeps them inspired. So I called up the owner, Katherine Greiner, to introduce myself and ask if she'd indulge my curiosities about her boutique. She obliged, so I met the striking brunette at Brenchley one Friday afternoon for a quick interview.

Katherine opened her Mandeville boutique 13 years ago after seeing a need for a boutique specializing in fashionable shoes and handbags on the North Shore. Brenchley was a hit, and over time Katherine added in clothing, jewelry, and accessories such as designer sunglasses and watches. She definitely knows her customer and plays to her by offering a varied selection of high quality pieces from markets such as Dallas, New York, Las Vegas, Atlanta, as well as much smaller niche markets. I love her selection because she does have the main-stream items that people want, but she also has pieces that can't be found anywhere else. Many of the earrings, bracelets, necklaces that she carries are one of a kind. And isn't that what we all want? Something different. 
 
Because of Katherine's close relationships with her vendors, Brenchley hosts trunk shows nearly every month with brands such as Elaine Turner handbags, Isola Sofft shoes, and Bella Rose jewelry. In fact, this post is quite timely because Katherine is hosting a Michael KORS trunk show this Friday. For those of you deciding to come from Lafayette, Baton Rouge or New Orleans, you'll surely want to make an afternoon of it! And I can't leave you hungry while shopping, I just wouldn't feel right about it. So there's a darling International Tea House just 3 miles away called Vianne's- Pop in for lunch & tea before or after shopping.

Brenchley's next trunk show:
Michael KORS
Friday, June 8
Men's & Women's Summer 2012 - Fall 2012 watches
Brenchley | 2 St Ann Drive Suite 3 | Mandeville, Louisiana
Thank you for taking the time to chat with me Katherine, I'm so happy to have found your boutique .. 6 miles up the road from me! Looking forward to seeing the new collection of Michael KORS watches at the trunk show on Friday, 
-lila
Images, are mine

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