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Published October 16th 2014
Elle & Stuart unique edgy fashion store
Elle & Stuart was established by Maureen Bourke in Altona in 2010, and has been a real winner for the women of Hobsons Bay. Maureen is skilled in dressmaking, pattern construction, millinery and "all the basic stuff". The shop showcases a wide range of fashion and accessories, some of which are even designed and made on the premises by Maureen. You can also buy your complete outfit there from a full range of fashion items, bags, hats & fascinators, scarves, jewellery to shoes; top to toe it's a real one stop shop.
Colourful unique one-off outfits lovingly created and made by Maureen Bourke
In quite a little room just off the colourful & edgy shop Maureen busies herself designing, cutting patterns and stitching the creations together, so you can be assured that you won't see your new outfit walking towards you. That's a real bonus these days where everything is made in China.
Another service offered is alterations, so if you buy a dress that needs an little shortening, this can be done. Maureen also repairs and alters outfits that may have been lying dormant in your wardrobe, and alters bridal wear as well as doing hems for trousers/jeans.
After leaving high school Maureen studied agriculture and worked on a farm. She couldn't decide whether she wanted to be a dress designer or a horse trainer; lucky for us the fashion industry won. Maureen's mother and grandmother were excellent seamstresses and handed down their eye for detail to her. Colour matching and helping customers select just the right thing is one of her many talents, and unlike many stores it's not the sale that matters, its whether the outfit is flattering that counts.
Spring Racing Carnival window display at Elle & Stuart
Next time you are in need of a new outfit for any occasion, and you want something that will be commented on and admired by others, call in at Elle & Stuart and Maureen will be only to happy to provide you with some good old fashioned service, and a stunning new outfit.