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One of the worst parts about owning an online store is that you only meet your customers on paper. For the most part, the customers order online and you never hear back from them again (until they make another order, YASSSS!). Whenever I see the sales orders, I ask myself, “Who is this babe? Her style seems awesome, but what is she planning to do with her new outfit?” Is she going out to girl’s night? Does she have a hot date? Is this a “revenge on her ex-boyfriend” outfit? Is she a student? What kind of job does she have?
You get the idea.
This is how I got the idea to create the Haute Babe Of The Month program. All of our customers are special, and I believe that they all have their personal story to tell. Because of this, we will be featuring a customer each month. This month’s haute babe is Monique Gatillon! Monique is the definition of a BOSS ASS BABE. She is an amazing mom and has a super successful online vintage store that literally sells out in minutes, trust me, I have tried to get my hands on some of her items but they sell out ASAP. She is a great friend, mom and an incredible human being.
Name: Monique Gatillon
Location: Los Angeles, California
Occupation: I’m the Shop owner and personal stylist of a vintage brand called LA Retro Girl. I’m also a wife and mother of three under 5 years of age.
Instagram handle: LA Retro Girl
Perfect coffee order: Vanilla Latte but sometimes just black coffee
Go to drink at happy hour: Champagne- I love bubbles!
Favorite band: That’s a tough one but I can’t get enough of Oasis. I got to see them play in Jr. High and High School. It was so much fun.
Dream Vacay: A Mediterranean Adventure is on the top of my bucket list.
Favorite fashion trend: I’m currently obsessed with all things animal print especially rare vintage pieces. Never gets too old- it’s so classic.
Trend you would NEVER try: Sporty Wear- I enjoy dressing up every day even if I’m headed to the grocery store. Sometimes I’m too overdressed. lol
Favorite Haute2Wear Item you have: That’s a hard one! But, I do love my Rainbow Striped Set.
Haute2Wear piece on your wishlist: After Party Pouffe Black Mini Dress. I’m digging the puffy of the shoulder sleeves trend. It’s so chic reminds me of French Fashion!
Now, let’s get a little bit more personal…
Describe yourself in 5 words:
What is your ideal job and why? Styling! I love shopping and changing a babe’s attitude about how they feel about themselves. I have a few private clients that I get to buy for every week. It's so much fun!
What are 3 life goals?
Individual - Continue pushing myself for higher education, whether it’s getting my M.B.A or self growth expansion in both my personal life and in my business.
Family- Maybe future family expansion?!? Time will tell Lol
Future- Continue to create time for myself, family and business. I love setting goals and manifesting them. It’s so much fun!
Who is your role model? My mother, Gladys Gatillon. Growing up I admired how driven she was in life. I came to the United States from Peru when I was 5 years of age not knowing the language or culture. I was afraid about how other kids would be with me in school. But, my mother pushed me to go outside my comfort zone and I’m so happy she did! She taught me to always try something new and not be scared. I must say, she is the reason why I am who I am today.
And now that I have children, I do the same. It’s so lovely seeing my munchkins grow and be independent individuals.
If you could change anything in the fashion industry, what would it be?
If I was asked this question 5 years ago, I would say that the fashion industry needs to be more open to women of all shapes and sizes. I love the direction it is headed to today! I don’t have any complaints.
What impact would you like to make in the world? I’d like for people to take a moment to acknowledge one another. Everytime I’m out; I try and smile and say hello to strangers that cross my path. It feels good to me to make others feel acknowledged and good about themselves.
Favorite Quote and why:
I love saying this quote every morning when I wake up. It’s been my biggest motivator to my individual and business success. It’s so pure and so clean.
Every Haute Babe Of The Month will receive a discount code to share with her followers! Proceeds of the sales generated by her discount code will be donated to City Of Hope which is a research hospital that is leading the fight in curing cancer. Monique's father is one of the many survivors they have helped. The donation will be made in Monique's name. If you feel like shopping for a cause, use the code HAUTEBABEMONIQUE at checkout for a 20% discount!