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Dress to Kill boutique opening

caines | 9/13/2012, 5:30 a.m.

A platform for independent designers

The owner of Dress to Kill Boutique, on 188 NW 36th Street, Anotonia Louissaint is ushering in a lost art for most South Florida boutiques. Instead of housing generic brands that fashion goers know and love, Louissaint is reaching out to independent fashion designers and bloggers to fill her boutique with one of a kind pieces. The concept is to bring independent entrepreneurs to consumers, Louissaint said. The opening of Louissaints boutique brought out well-known Miami bloggers and fashion insiders who were eager to take a peek at the independent merchandise that filled the boutique. The designers and bloggers who contributed to Louissaints inventory were also present at the boutique opening, as well. Maryland based blogger, Cortnie Hutchinson of Stylelust Pages created the customized clutches that were prominently displayed in the boutique. Hutchinson who said that she was excited to be a part of the venture described her rapport with Louissaint as a profitable partnership. She's been an amazing client and really liked my work, Hutchinson said. She told me she was planning to open a boutique a couple of months ago and that's when we began collaborating for her store. Everything in Louissaints boutique is one-of- a-kind. I like quirky pieces so that is what I try to fill the boutique up with, Louissaint said. If you purchase something from this boutique you will not see someone else with it. I order custom pieces in small quantities. I hate when you see too many people walking around with the same outfit or accessory. In keeping with the theme of being one-of-kind, Louissant also said that she is making it a point to step into untapped markets. I am making it a point to include pieces for all size, Louissaint said. The average womans size is a size 14. So I am making it a point to carry plus sizes and extremely small size, but the idea is to have something that is flattering for every size and shape. By Julia Samuelsjsamuels@miamitimesonline.com