Stephanie Doucette + Carla Posner = Swing
Carla got her start as an intern at Henri Bendel
in its heyday as a fashion mecca, and she wore a number of hats over her sixteen years there. As an Assistant Buyer, Carla launched Henri Bendel’s signature open-see program, which gave promising new designers (like Stephanie Doucette!) exposure that ignited many of their careers. In Studio Services, she styled high-profile clients and compiled a million-dollar book. As a sales manager, she ran multiple departments including Designer Collections and Accessories. As special projects manager, she planned and coordinated events that made Bendel’s a beloved destination for the fashion-obsessed.
Carla sharpened her retail chops helming a handful of tony flagships on Madison and Fifth avenues: Juicy Couture
, Rebecca Taylor
. Often recruited to jumpstart or rekindle business, she earned recognition for stellar results both front- and back-of-house, whether modeling operational protocols, motivating and developing talent, or attracting and retaining clients. Now, for her second act, Carla is putting her sundry skills and passions to work to build a business she can call her own.
Stephanie was inspired by mom, her grandmothers and aunties at an early age. Her romance with fashion and personal style eventually led her to design her own collections. Her premiere line Doucette-Duvall was a fast hit with working girls, the ultra-fashion set and celebrities, Katy Perry, Liv Tyler
, Ashley Greene
, and Britney
to name a few.
Three babes later, Petite Doucette is born. (10 years after her debut collection shown in NYC's Chelsea Hotel in a suite formerly resided in by Ms. Meryl Streep!) Petite Doucette is sweet, but not toothache sweet - pieces for boys and girls with equal parts edge + function. Grown-up fabrications add a certain nod to the past that is enmeshed with modern flavor. Of course Petite Doucette remains devoted to sourcing and producing in New York City. Limited quantities of all styles (which are numbered liked artwork) and details for days within each silhouette are sold exclusively at Swing.