When a well-heeled PTA mom opens a boutique, you know you’re going to get a well-organized shopping experience. At Belle Monde Boutique, you get more than that including designer labels for less, friendly service and plenty of wardrobe and styling advice.
By Kevin Broady
Nestled in the business area of St. Matthews, right off Shelbyville Road, is a quaint yet spacious consignment shop called Belle Monde Boutique. With its bright natural light, hardwood floors and multiple rooms of dresses, gowns, suits, separates and stunning hats and accessories, this shopping haven is a place where you can truly get immersed in a stress-free shopping experience where everything is as affordable as it is beautiful.
This welcoming addition to our local shopping scene is the creation of owner Nikki Knight, who knew from the beginning that she wanted to open a consignment shop with a legitimate “wow” factor, where women feel like they can dress to be the best version of themselves. “I want to encourage and empower women to live a life of confidence, love, and intentionality,” explains Nikki. “Instead of fretting about our clothes or running late from one more ‘wardrobe crises’, my heartbeat is to help women identify their style, find the pieces that work for them, and cycle the ones that don’t.”
Nikki who was born and raised in Lexington, grew up loving shopping trips with friends and dressing up. After graduating from the University of Kentucky, she began her retail career as a department store manager and fashion director, where the norm was regular trips to New York, planning fashion shows and events. Later, marriage and motherhood led her and her husband to Louisville, where she devoted herself to spending sweet at-home time with their two children and, eventually, to becoming the classic, highly-organized, efficient and always-polished PTA mom. “Now that both kids are grown and graduated from college, I’m returning to my retail roots,” says Nikki. That’s what led to the “birth” of her latest baby: Belle Monde boutique.
Beside the impeccable customer service, fashion and styling advice, Belle Monde Boutique offers “White Glove Service.” They will come to your home and pick up your prepared pre-selected items for sale—partnering with you so you can earn money and earn even more with referrals and high-ticket items. “We get to share love, fashion and the beautiful world together. Let’s find value in your closet, extend the life of those pieces and renew their possibilities,” explains Nikki. To do that, she and her staff will do closet clean-outs, helping women edit and recycle their wardrobes and make money while empowering other women around the city.
It makes sense that a boutique run by a fashion guru with a heart would embody a concept that embraces women and their potential. Says Nikki, “To me, that’s fashioning the world beautifully, and that’s what I’m all about.”
IF YOU GO
Belle Monde Boutique is located at 115 Fairfax Avenue. Call 502-403-3432 or visit their website at bellemonde.com for more information.