Orlean Dubuclet began selling lingerie and hosiery years before joining forces with daughter Carol Jo, who studied fashion at Trade Tech and merchandising at UCLA. In April 1969, as a gift to celebrate Carol Jo's birthday, this dynamic mother/daughter duo opened CJ's Elegance in a bedroom in the family home. This women's clothing boutique has been a mainstay of fashion around the world, dressing professional and political powerhouses, socialites and celebrities in day to evening wear and couture for over 50 years. The shop sells unique, and one of-a-kind looks that are cut to compliment every curve, a craft Carol honed working as a buyer for major department stores. Since 1969 retail, fashion, and the economy have changed but with a combination of business acumen, tenacity and mother wit, Orlean and Carol have built a fashion staple in Windsor Hills/View Park.
After Orlean's retirement, Carol Jo Shaw continued to grow CJ' Elegance. This retail store embodies timeless "fashions for fashionable women and other finishing touches." The timeless clothing and serene atmosphere cater to women from 40 to 100 years old, all while selling high quality brands and exclusive designs. Beyond her keen sense of style, Carol has tremendous business acumen and sharp wit. She purchased of the building where the store is currently housed in order to ensure that the legacy of CJ's Elegance would continue. Carol has become the unofficial "Mayor of Slauson Avenue." She mentors small-business owner and is a champion of the community.
Carol Jo continues to not only grow CJ's Elegance, but she is also a champion for emerging Black businesses. Over the years she has lent her wisdom and connections to support those coming up behind her. Poised and ready for its next 50 years, the CJ's Elegance brand will expand to include broader fashion and creative markets with the launch of the next generation store, CJ's 2, CJ's Travel Club, and CJ's Events.
Check out Carol on KTLA discussing 50 years in business