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Catrena Bowman-Thomas turns lifelong dream into actuality with Covington’s Impressed Vogue Boutique

Catrena Bowman-Thomas turns lifelong dream into actuality with Covington’s Impressed Vogue Boutique

By Andy Furman
NKyTribune reporter

It’s the method of being mentally stimulated – or to do one thing – particularly to do one thing artistic.

And Catrena Bowman-Thomas did simply that.

She adopted her life-long dream; and in November of 2021, she turned it right into a enterprise.

That’s when Impressed Vogue made its debut.

“I’ve at all times liked vogue,” mentioned the native of Madisonville. “My mother at all times had outfits for me, and I liked attempting them on.”

Catrena Bowman-Thomas turns lifelong dream into actuality with Covington’s Impressed Vogue Boutique

Catrena Bowman-Thomas

Now Bowman-Thomas helps different girls, nicely, really feel particular.

“I like serving to them not solely look good,” she instructed the Northern Kentucky Tribune, “But additionally assist construct their confidence.”

She opened her boutique in Covington – 827 Madison Avenue – through the tale-end of the pandemic.

“I discovered instantaneous success on social media,” she mentioned, “we had orders on-line from New York, California and Houston.”

Now, she’s striving for larger in-store visitors.

“We had an actual good small enterprise incentive from the Metropolis of Covington,” mentioned the College of Kentucky graduate, “and that’s after I knew it was time for a brick-and-mortar store.”

She takes particular person type appointments; and says she emphasizes on form – not measurement in girls’s clothes.

“We attempt to perceive their measurement – be it straight, hour glass, pear or apple,” she mentioned. “Our objective is straightforward – to boost the physique sort.”

And she or he needs to be an inspiration to girls.

For Catrena Bowman-Thomas, that’s not an issue in any respect.

She’s been Government Director for the Northern Kentucky Group Motion Fee the previous 4 years.

“I used to be recruited out of Lexington,” she mentioned, “the place I did comparable work.”

The NKCAC helps people and households in Northern Kentucky by monetary, household, and kids’s providers.

Balancing the 2 jobs doesn’t appear to be a lot of an issue for the 49-year-old Bowman-Thomas.

“I’ve a workers right here on the store,” she mentioned, “and our NKCAC workplaces are simply round he nook at 717 Madison Avenue.”

Her pricing ranges from $25 to a mean of $250, she says, and her apparel covers the ladies’s gamut from work, particular events, bridal, and leap fits.

Actually, she’s planning a wardrobe for males come the Fall.

Her focus – on colour.

“Nearly all of girls’s wardrobes are simply 4 colours,” she mentioned, “black, brown, blue and white.”

As an African-American store proprietor she says she’s pushing some white girls, “out of their consolation zone, and into some thrilling colours.”

Impressed Vogue Boutique made its public debut in June at Vogue on the Fountain, in downtown Cincinnati.

“We principally highlighted our designs,” she mentioned, “I don’t create my very own items; we’ll showcase many native designers. Extra so come this Fall.”

Her Imaginative and prescient Boards spotlight a lot of her particular occasions, and Instagram and Fb are an awesome gross sales device, she says.

Catrena Bowman-Thomas needs to be an inspiration for all girls.

“I need them to trust and tackle the world,” she mentioned.

Catrena Bowman-Thomas already has.

Impressed Vogue Boutique is situated at 827 Madison Avenue; and is open 2-6 p.m. Tuesday by Friday and 12-5 p.m. on Saturday. Go to the web site at inspiredfashion40.com, and by way of electronic mail at [email protected]