Anne-Marie White, owner of Blanc and Blanc Occasions has been in the customer service industry for over 25 years.
Her love of fashion came from working for River Island for 20 years where she worked her way up the ranks through every aspect of the retail fashion business, before leaving as Manager.
With a keen eye and her experience in Fashion Retail she felt Chesterfield was crying out for an independent store selling stunning up-market brands without breaking the bank. Blanc was launched in May 2011, ‘a French nod’ to her surname (White) at the Blue Deer development at 131 Chatsworth Road on the same complex as Nonnas.
A product of her own success it soon became apparent that Blanc was getting to small. After a while looking around she heard that 177 Chatsworth Road (formally the Oriential Rug Shop) was available. Blanc Occassions opened their doors in February 2017 and is the perfect compliment to Blanc who now just concentrate on casual wear, coats, jackets and accessories.
Blanc Occasions specialises in Mother of the Bride, Prom and Cruise wear, she is the only Ronald Joyce ‘Veni Infantino’ stockist in the area. Ladies travel from as far as London, Lincoln and Manchester to see the wedding collection. She has also been known to post outfits over to Australia.
Anne-Marie now employs 8 staff and has a loyal customer base. 7 years down the line she knows what her customers want and makes sure they are looked after whenever they visit.
Her and Team like to make sure customers don’t just have ‘an experience’ but ‘The Blanc Experience’.