“Valentina. . . Simply the best!” Investment Opportunity For The Right Buyer...
Celebrating 33 years in the fashion industry Diana Lewis is the proud owner of Valentina quality fashion boutique on Allandale Road. Valentina came about by accident really - after visiting her cousin in Italy, Diana Lewis bought some leather trousers and whenever worn 'wowed' all her friends who craved this fabulous look too. Returning to the factory North of Venice she purchased some leather goods for her friends, which proved to be a great success they couldn't get enough of this new trendy look. So was the demand for these items, thoughts of opening a shop sprang to mind, a decision was made - Valentinas was launched.
The night prior to the opening of the shop she held a fashion show at the Grand Hotel which received a fantastic response. Opening in 1983 many of us will remember it was THE place for new and innovative fashion. Designer labels in Leicester? This was certainly nothing we had ever encountered before.
Eager to purchase original labels for the boutique she first flew to Italy's fashion capital Milan and stocked the shop with the most beautiful designer clothes, initially Alberta Ferretti. Having personally met Roberto Cavalli, and Georgio Armani she de- cided to introduce their labels in 1984. Valentinas reputation was growing (and has continued to grow) by supplying high end designer labels. It's amazing to think Diana Lewis was the first person to bring Armani labels into the UK!
When visiting Paris to stock up on Armani many years ago she encountered a buyer from Harrods who demanded to know who she was. She was amazed to find that Leicester was receiving Armani stock even before Harrods!!
Personally sourcing the very best stock and accessories, Valentina includes labels from Barcelona, Dusseldorf, Florence, Rome, and New York (to name but a few).
Mrs Lewis attends many designer fashion shows where she can actually see the products, feel the quality of the fabrics and view the finish of the garments - not something which you can do on line! Helping to ensure the clients receive the very best. At one fashion show she witnessed a girl sketching away and discovered she was copying the catwalk looks then flying to Hong Kong to replicate - you can guarantee the choice of fabric would not be the best quality! Unlike the original superior garments Valentina stock.
The boutique moved from London Road to larger premises in Allandale Road in Stoneygate in 1989. During this period Diana and her courteous staff have dressed clients for the The Queens garden party, Social occasions, Race days and Balls. Beautiful wedding outfits are catered for the mother (or grannies) of the bride. You will be sure to look stunning on the big day in exquisite garments and accessories to match, with the help of their expert advice.
All the staff consultants at Valentina pride themselves on their high level of professionalism and ultimate service, which is second to none. This guarantees you have a fabulous shopping experience and you will leave the shop with a smile on your face, perfectly happy and confident with your purchases.
Diana Lewis' family are now urging her to take things a little slower, (retirement is not an option!). She would love to leave this shop in the capable hands of someone with the same passion for fashion and eye for detail, to carry on this prestigious
and well known name. You can see the potential in this elegant shop, and Diana Lewis not being of the generation for building web sites, using Facebook and twitter maybe that's an option to pursue in the future to grow the business further?
The knowledge which she has acquired over many decades would stand the new owner in a brilliant position, and she would be more than happy to offer her unique expert advice, whilst introducing you to all the valuable fashion contacts and clients she has acquired world wide. This is a fantastic, once in a lifetime opportunity, and Mrs Lewis would be more than happy for any interested parties to contact Sue Harrison at space Retail on: 0116 243 0722
If you have not visited Valentinas in a while I urge you to pop in. With new stock continuously arriving you won't be going home empty handed!