Ten years of designer clothes and success

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AN INDEPENDENT fashion boutique in Bury St Edmunds is celebrating 10 years trading in the town.

Owner Anna Park, who has seven outlets and whose clients include Jude Oliver, Amanda Holden and Kate Winslet, opened her first shop in Burnham Market, Norfolk, in 1994. Her shop in Guildhall Street, Bury was her third store.

Jane Peers, who is senior sales adviser, joined the shop at its beginning and to celebrate her own 10 years was presented with a designer handbag.

Anna attributes the successof the boutiques to being customer focused and adapting the lines to demand and the economic situation.

She said: “The town went through a bad patch when suddenly loads of shops were closing down and the arc wasn’t full. It was a worry. But a lot and has changed and now people are backing the High Street.

“I would never do a collection that I myself wouldn’t be able to buy at retail. Our customers have been so loyal and I have some superb people who work for me.”