Marie Jo and Us
Our team and Marie Jo: A Brief History
In 1976 a small lingerie boutique opened its doors on Vendue Range in Charleston, SC to a splendid reception. As our client base grew and it wasn’t long beforewe relocated to the world famous fashion district at 212 King Street, downtown Charleston, SC.
Since 1999 owner Ruth Brennan, a nurse and entrepreneur. Lingerie devotees continued to frequent the boutique under Ruth’s new ownership and, within a short time, the stores success warranted yet another move to the current location in the ever popular King Street shopping districe of Charleston, South Carolina.
The 1880s storefront, previously a bank, an art gallery and an arcade, was perfect for the growing business. High ceilings, ample space in the rear for fitting rooms and a newly constructed mezzanine for stock and office space were just the beginning. Ruth chose the floor plan based on ease of navigation for the customer, including bright, open space and tasteful cabinetry. The boutique is decorated in a style that reflects the fine European lingerie and elegant sleepwear available therein; most apparent is the attention to detail, which is shown in the delicate, hand painted floral designs on the original crown molding. The boutique was awarded Best European Flaire 2005 by Lingerie America Intimate Apparel Show.
The detail-oriented mentality behind the lingerie boutique's success carries over to its merchandise and personnel. Our deluxe offering would be incomplete without Marie Jo’s fabulous collections. Each Marie Jo item is perfect in its singularity, each collection unique and beautifully constructed. Marie Jo maintains a perfect balance between jaw dropping designs and a flawless fit. Our Staff and Marie Jo make permanent investments in research, development, production and quality assurance. This distinct insistence displays Marie Jo’s superiority of design, construction and quality.
The core component of our lingerie business is specialty bra fitting with trained professionals in a personal, private atmosphere. Each staff member is a trained Marie Jo bra fit specialist, and masters the articulation of each bra’s fit, style, shape and size. This level of consideration is necessary to provide the very best products and services available. Marie Jo representatives provide further bra fit training for all their staff both in-store and abroad at Marie Jo’s Belgian headquarters, where exclusive factory tours and informative fit sessions guide us to greater product knowledge. No appointment is necessary for our clientele to speak with a bra fit specialist in-store or over the phone.
Marie Jo has a very special relationship with each of our staff, due to sales and product performance. This relationship provides direct access to Marie Jo’s services and support, which our customers ultimately benefit from. Marie Jo carefully selects qualified boutiques to sell and handle their products and represent their brand. The boutique is synonymous with excellence, beauty and authenticity, therefore a natural selection for Marie Jo products. Marie Jo's consistent attention to fit and quality provides endless opportunities for all to exceed client expectations.
As time progresses, we will always continue to reach for new opportunities and nurture fresh ideas. We hope to learn, grow and evolve in hopes to deliver you the very best. Please pass along thoughts or suggestions to make your search for quality lingerie a success.
* The trademark Marie Jo Lingerie is owned by Van De Velde and under license available for use by our Fine Lingerie Boutique