Meet the woman bringing the very best in boutique lingerie shopping to the DC area. Stephanie Jacek’s boutique, Le Bustiere is European inspired lingerie, hoisery, swimwear, and much more. You will find a range of styles, from fun and flirty to sensual and sultry, all sorts of colors, and you get the boutique experience which includes their excellent customer service. You can also find the perfect number for your wedding day with their bridal line, get that unique swimsuit for the summer, and finally (finally!!) find a beautiful bra that looks and fits well. According to their website, “Le Bustiere Boutique is a fresh European inspired lingerie boutique offering diverse brands, styles and sizes that are currently unavailable in Washington DC. Our mission is to give the intimate apparel enthusiasts what they are looking for, whether it is fit, comfort or style, in an atmosphere that is luxurious and exciting. I want to create a connection with the Intimate Apparel Enthusiast that evokes the feeling that Le Bustiere is “my lingerie store.”’ Learn more about Stephanie and then go visit her store located between Adams Morgan and Columbia Heights…
What is a typical day in the life of (you/team)…?
Waking up in my home with my husband then heading right to the business to open the boutique. Then for the day I get the opportunity to make women feel confident and sometimes help them take risks. At the shop we get to help women feel comfortable and even more beautiful in their own skin! The right lingerie with the right fit can change everything about the way a woman views herself. It changes the look and feel of clothing. It changes the view of the woman in the mirror.
Hardest part about being a small business owner?
Doing it all! No matter how many people you hire. There is no aspect of your business that you will not be a part of.
Best part about being a small business owner?
I am my own boss. I get to decide who I work with, what projects I will commit to, and the identity of the company I have created.
Advice for new entrepreneurs?
You really have to love what you do! People can tell if you are passionate and you know your brand! Strive to be the expert in what you do! Also be laser focused..
What neighborhood do you live in?
I spend just a few hours sleeping in my home in Maryland a few miles from DC. But I live in Adams Morgan at my store! So I enjoy all this neighborhood has to offer.
Biggest DC pet peeve?
Traffic! Why does it take ten minutes to go 1 block? It is a terrible shame!
I need to relax. You’ll find me at/doing…
On a beach with a nice cocktail! The only time I relax is when I am on a vacation. Small business rarely allows for relaxing!
If you weren’t involved with Le Bustiere, what would you be doing?
I would probably be a style consultant or doing something is healthcare.
What is your favorite DC restaurant?
Southern Hospitality- it is down the street in Adams Morgan! Awesome cocktails and their chicken and waffles are so hands down the best! Or Sax DC. Lingerie and Burlesque go hand in hand. It certainly helps that they have great food there too.