For Amy Durling, Meghan Storz and Elizabeth Nardone, also known as the Windswept sisters, the notion of opening a shop began to sprout during their high school years. But the idea didn’t take root until 2006, when they opened Windswept Boutique, named for their grandparents’ farm in Sussex County.
Today, the bright and breezy downtown Mendham store carries everyday wardrobe as well as resort clothing by Trina Turk, Milly, Elizabeth McKay, Jude Connally and other popular labels.
The Windswept girls agree that going into business was the right move. “Working with my sisters has been the most fabulous, rewarding experience of my adult life, says Storz, 35, of Hoboken. “With five children among us, we’ve learned to balance our schedules as we manage the business and create the flexibility needed to maintain our families.”
“This dynamic works because our ages are spread across 13 years,” notes Nardone, 45, of Chester. “We never experienced much sibling rivalry growing up, and we don’t argue now—because the majority always rules.”
“Although we have similar tastes, we celebrate our differences by selling clothing that features classic to funky looks,” says Durling, 32, of Gladstone. “We treat our customers like sisters, too, offering fashion tips and honest assessments when they walk out of the dressing room.”
“Our goal is always to keep the store fresh and the shopping experience unique,” Nardone adds. “This spring, we’re treating customers to a few surprises with new designers and unusual merchandise. Here at Windswept, it’s all about having fun.”
Jungle Joy: Adorable Lalu bamboo-silk scarves come in whimsical colors and patterns including animal, tie-dye and ombre; $89.
Dangling Darlings: Treat yourself to a pair of yummy Stacy Louise John gumdrop earrings with semiprecious gems, set in gold vermeil; $90-$110.
Off The Cuff: Trina Turk’s new double-stripe bangle complements everything in your wardrobe. Snag a whole stack; $65 each.Click here to leave a comment