At Chezelle of Cross Keys, owner Patti Puller uses her great eye and sense of style to outfit plus-size women in the latest gorgeous gear, from casual clothes to evening wear. At Chezelle, Puller carries a variety of clothing in sizes 14 to 24, as well as accessories, from jewelry to handbags, and gift items.
Plus, Chezelle is a shop with a mission. “We also carry fair trade designers that help developing countries, paying them fair wages for their talent,” says Puller. Quality fashion with a humanitarian edge.
Here, Puller shares the story behind how she got started at Chezelle and what’s happening right now in the shop:
How did you get started at Chezelle?
I started in 1992 as the manager for Linda and Doug Lamm, who were the original owners of the store. I worked as their manager until 1996, when Linda asked if I wanted to buy the store. She told me if I didn’t buy it, I would be out of a job since she would close it. I think she did that so I would buy it!
So, on October 1, 1996, I signed the legal papers to buy Chezelle.
What is your favorite thing in the shop right now?
Jewelry is in such change right now. We carry metal necklaces and chains that are basic and novel. And there’s newness in the bead necklaces with coins, woven macrame in bright colors and woods in different shapes and colors to enhance your outfits.
What is your go-to holiday gift recommendation?
In preparation for the holiday season, I love accessories. Scarves and jewelry are the ones I have the most fun buying. I love color and texture – I think that shows when you come into the store.
What style icon or celebrity could you imagine shopping at Chezelle?
Our style icons would be Oprah Winfrey, Queen Latifah and Melissa McCarthy.
What’s new and exciting at Chezelle? Any trends for this fall and winter?
It’s sweater weather! Cashmere and cotton toppers are in great colors and are just enough over your shoulders to keep you toasty.
Chezelle is located in the Village of Cross Keys, at 22 Village Square in Baltimore.