Hi, I'm Andrea McLaughlin, owner and creator of Champagne Taste in Wilton, CT and champagnetaste.shop My hope is to create a store where women love to shop. I have curated a unique assortment of contemporary clothing, accessories and jewelry, at a discount.
I love finding good style at great prices, and am hoping you do too!
I've always been a lover of art, design and fashion. After graduating RISD, I began an early career as a fashion designer for a NYC based apparel company.
I continued my education at Parsons, and became an entrepreneuer. My first shop opened in Greenwich, CT in 1989. It was a niche swimwear store that was open all year, called Tahiti Street. The Chamber of Commerce, which at that time consisted of all men, strongly advised against it. By 2005, I had 3 stores,-Greenwich, Rye NY, Scarsdale NY, and an online store. In 2013, I sold the business to a chain retailer.
During my 25+ years in the fashion industry, I have developed relationships with manufacturers in NY and LA. These factories make private label for high end lines, and I buy from them directly, rather than showrooms, and sell them at a discount. The classic business plan of.."cut out the middle man". They arrive at the same time as their retailers, but at a much better price.
As much as I love the idea of a small local shop, I also know that we consumers like to shop where and when it's most convenient, as we should. So..I also have an online shop, with free shipping and easy returns.
Celebrate your style for less...is the mantra of Champagne Taste
Andrea McLaughlin, Champagne Taste, Wilton