Independent Retailer Month Marie Boutique in Abingdon by @PureMarie #IndieRetail #IndieMonth

A little bit about us…

With over 70 years experience offering fine lingerie and corsetry, Marie has come along way since opening in 1936. Under the direction of the current owner Amanda, it is now a dynamic boutique that showcases the latest creations from exclusive designers from around the world.

Dedication to the customer experience is the secret to success

We are ultimately committed to bringing our customers the finest hand picked lingerie, swimwear, clothing and accessories, that give a perfect fit, fabulous feel and luxurious finish. At Marie, we pride ourselves on our dedication to offer customers a personal and professional styling and lingerie fitting service backed up with a quality product that will last. Amanda Prior, owner of Marie Boutique says ‘Each product we source is both classically timeless and effortlessly on trend, that will guarantee your purchase will be treasured forever. Of course, we also stock some essential everyday items for our style savvy customer!’

Pure Marie is our online brand, where we aim to replicate the Marie Boutique experience, and provide an exclusive, edited selection of the Marie offer. Whether it’s a pure silk chemise or a soft leather handbag, our online boutique allows our customers to browse at the click of a button to ensure you find the perfect outfit!

We can point you in the right direction (in more ways than one!)

Independent Retailers offer a more specialist service based on product knowledge and experience

Unlike many of the big high street retailers, we offer a unique one on one bra fitting and styling service combing our vast product knowledge and experience. You will never struggle to find an assistant, or spend hours rummaging through racks of bras to find your size (and then find it doesn’t fit!) During your consultation with one of our fully trained fitters we will first establish your requirements and then use our knowledge to carefully select the right products that will work for you. Whether that is a new swimsuit, everyday comfy bra or something a little more seductive, we will spend the time to make sure you leave the boutique looking and feeling like a new woman! As well as offering a traditional corsetry fitting service, we are a little girly haven with lots of delightful clothing, jewellery and accessories from exclusive brands that are hard to find anywhere else. We believe it is our service combined with the extensive product offer that sets us apart from the big high street retailers!

Celebrate independent retailer month with Marie Boutique in Abingdon!

We are passionate about independent retail, so celebrate Independent Retailer Month with us and take advantage of some fabulous promotions throughout the month of July. We are offering specific product promotions, running an O2 Priority Moments campaign, and also a ‘Recommend a Friend’ Scheme where both you and a friend can enjoy our unique fitting service plus 10% off your purchases!

We hope you can join us in spreading the word about Independent Retail!

This blog was written by Verity Robinson, Marketing Manager at Marie Boutique / Pure Marie. Find out more via FacebookTwitterBlog


About Clare Bailey

Clare Bailey, The Retail Champion (formerly Clare Rayner), is one of the most well-known and respected retail experts in the UK. With unrivalled knowledge in retail, high streets and consumer matters, she offers unbiased, independent content – whether engaged as a professional speaker, for broadcast media, or for a written feature. Clare is a business woman, entrepreneur and founder of several small businesses. Having been born into a family of successful business owners, it was inevitable that she’d eventually jump off the corporate treadmill and step out on her own! Today her brand portfolio includes The Retail Champion, The Retail Conference, the Future High Street Summit and the Support for Independent Retail campaign. In addition, she is co-founder of Mobaro Retail UK and a non-exec director of Beed Virtual Assistant Services. Having started her career as a fast-track store management trainee for McDonalds, she went on to work with leading retailers such as M&S, Dixons and Argos. She moved swiftly into management roles before being headhunted into senior consulting roles with global software giant SAP, and international management consulting brand, Accenture. Her corporate background in senior retail, consulting and technology roles, coupled with her experience of creating and running her own business, has enabled her to be equally capable whether consulting to global brands or micro businesses. This unique blend has not only positioned her as a leading expert in all things retail, but has enabled her to add meaningful commentary and insight to the debate around the future of the high street, and, how technology is driving fundamental change in the way consumers, and businesses, interact. Clare has become an influential voice in her field, which has resulted in her becoming a regular media contributor and sought-after conference speaker. Often seen on Good Morning Britain, BBC Breakfast, Sky News, and Chanel 5 (to name a few), Clare speaks on a myriad of retail, high street and consumer issues – but is particular adept when it comes to explaining the context behind retail trading results, newly released data, and government stats, in a palatable and informative manner. In addition to broadcast and conference speaking, Clare is the proud author of two best-selling business books published by Kogan Page - The Retail Champion: 10 Steps to Retail Success, published July 2012 and How to Sell to Retail: The Secrets of Getting Your Product to Market, published February 2013. She has provided contributions to various academic texts, including Retail Marketing Management (published by Pearson). With an engaging, conversational yet informative style, Clare writes for press and content agencies, providing features, articles, blogs and opinion pieces as well as contributions to white papers and reports. However, when the situation demands a more serious style, Clare can deliver - In 2016 she wrote an extensive report for a major insurance and risk law firm, as a retail expert witness, to support a public liability suit. She found that project particularly enjoyable as it played well to her strengths – assimilating large amounts of data and information, identifying the key points and articulating that in an understandable manner. When not on TV or speaking at conferences, Clare’s “day job” sees her supporting consumer-facing businesses through her consultancy services. When asked to describe what she most loves about retail consulting it is typically the opportunity to “dig deep”, getting “under the bonnet”, in order to leverage the business data to uncover the insights that lead to “lightbulb moments”. She also loves working on business change programmes that centre on improving the processes and systems to increase profitability by supporting more rapid, better informed decision making, improving the customer experience, or simply by become more efficient and streamlined. In this respect she considers herself a “business engineer” with a brain that works like a relational database! Due to her years of experience, her logical, objective approach, her quick, rational thinking, she is known for being able to cut through complexity, seeing right through to the crux of issues, finding creative solutions that others may have overlooked. As if all that wasn’t enough, Clare is a working mum, juggling a home life in rural Lincolnshire with her partner, their 5 kids, 4 cats, and geriatric Labrador! For all enquiries, contact Clare directly on 01727 238890 or email
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