How did you start your boutique?
My first boutique was supposed to be a new start for my fiancé and I. Unfortunately, the grand opening was three days after he passed away from cancer. I had to keep going, so it was also my savior. I lost my stores in the last recession, but that was also the window that enabled me to move to New Orleans.

This store is a monument to all my lessons learned in life. This isn’t just a business to me, but a statement.

What kind of women are you trying to reach?
The store is for women who are strong, sexy and vibrant; who want to take on the world and who dress to kill. I carry XS-XL sizes and seek out colorful, funky, sexy clothing that’s different. I look for clothing manufactured in the U.S. and carry made-to-order lines. Fabrics are soft and of high quality, and I love color.

What are your favorite pieces in the store?
They are a two-piece geometric print pant and bell-sleeve top and a black sleeveless carwash fringe dress.

What’s coming in?
I’m excited about a red lace, long, bell sleeve top and front slit black pants. Also, sexy slides in all colors and 20 different styles of shoes from Brazil and Italy.

Is there anything else you would like to add?
Yes, my clothes must be affordable for everyone.

A. Renée Boutique

824 Chartres St.