Giving In Style

Behind the scene with the Leigh's team, l-r:     Patrick Plank, Natalie Cleary, Leslie Krumpschmid, Lauren Beattie, Katie Oostema, Carly Hanson-Birkhold, Giovanna Reilly, Lynnae Kalawart, Lesley Goebel
Behind the scenes with the Leigh’s team, l-r: Chris Trezciak, Patrick Plank, Natalie Cleary, Leslie Krumpschmid, Lauren Beattie, Katie Oostema, Carly Hanson-Birkhold, Giovanna Reilly, Lynnae Kalawart, Lesley Goebel, Billi Sue Potter back: Jane Hall
Our beautiful models reading to walk the runway, r-l: Anna DeBoer, Alex
Our beautiful models ready to walk the runway, r-l: Anna DeBoer, Alex Rozema, Abbie Strange ,Blair Badge , Emma Hall
The finale of another amazing runway show by Leigh's!
The finale of another amazing runway show by Leigh’s!

Leigh’s partnered with the Babies Welfare Guild for their Giving In Style fashion show to raise funds for Camp Blodgett. Camp Blodgett provides educational and camping opportunities to children that might not otherwise have these special summer experiences. It always warms my heart when we can do fashion shows to shine the spotlight on some of our community’s worthwhile organizations that support programs for women and children. Once again, my Leigh’s team put together an outstanding show for our guests. As I watch the different looks come down the runway and the ease of the show, I am reminded how talented our team is! Thanks to The Guild for inviting us to be a part of your event, to our beautiful models, to my team and everyone who attended….what a success the night was and what fun the kids will have this summer at camp!


Hot Party!

hotpartyteamhpphoto 1 hpphoto 2hpphoto 3 hpphoto 4Pic 1: Leigh’s SUPER team l-r:  Judy North, Lesley Goebel, Pat Klimas-Reinhardt, Katie Oostema, Deb Clark Pic 2: Patrick Plank…the SUPER creative mind behind our Hot Party Superman theme! Pic 3 SUPER sassy Clark Kents :  Stacey Lewis and Giovanna Reilly Pic 4: Our SUPER DJ Adrian Butler aka SUPERMAN Pic 5:  Our SUPER cool Tom Ford eyewear rep Bill Selman with Leigh’s Pat Klimas-Reinhardt.

Our Hot Party was hotter than ever this past week, in fact, it was SUPER HOT!  Patrick set the theme of our party around the upcoming Superman movie Man of Steel.   Our Leigh’s team was sporting Clark Kent press badges and glasses and, of course, Superman tees.  How SUPER fun was that?!  Thanks for being a part of our event and all the SUPER fun things we had in store for you.  As you know, we think our customers are SUPER incredible!!

Couture For A Cure 2012

Pic 1:  Behind the scences with our amazing Leigh’s team and our beautiful models.  Pic 2:  What a runway!  Pic 3:  Leigh’s team and runway event specialists: Katie Oostema, Lesley Goebel, Patrick Plank  Pic 4:  Daniel Vosovic with Katie Oostema  Pic 5:  Carol VanAndel with Brooke Hester, 5, of Chapman Ranch Texas.  Brooke Hester has stage four neuroblastoma, a form of cancer, and has made improvements working with the Van Andel Institute. Pic 6:  Anna DeBoer  Pic 7:  Aziza Hines Pic 8:  Ashley Cole  Pic 9:  Just like NYC!  Pic 10:  What a fabulous picture of our models in Daniel Vosovic’s spring ’13 collection. Pic 11:  Love the rich color that is on its way for spring from Daniel!

What an amazing evening! The seventh annual Couture for a Cure in which Leigh’s partners with the Van Andel Institute to raise funds for important cancer research and science education was another success! Our New York style runway presentation at VAI made our 400 guests (Yes, the largest attendance ever!) feel like they were at Fashion Week in Lincoln Center! Due to such a high demand for tickets last year, the runway was lengthened another 55 feet this year to accommodate more guests….and the event still sold out! We opened with showing the best of fall fashion that is currently in store at Leigh’s. The four different segments included: Bond Bombshells, Colorful Characters, Rock-Her and After Dark Divas. Then it was time to take a sneak peek at spring 2013. Leigh’s invited New York designer Daniel Vosovic (Project Runway All-Star Challenge winner) to showcase his spring collection on the runway; stunning color and silhouettes!  Thank you to everyone who attended!  And kudos to my team at Leigh’s; you are all so very talented and I appreciate each of your efforts in making this a fabulous event!

Fashion’s Night Out Fun!

Pic 1: Our amazing Leigh’s team and friends! L-R: Katie Oostema, Adrian Butler, Rachel Douglas, Rachel Williams, Carlye Sutner, Rebecca Wierda, Patrick Plank, Deb Clark, Stacey Seewald, Jacob Cochran Pic 2:  Our creative mastermind – Patrick Plank.  Pic 3: Lesley Goebel and Giovanna Reilly roll out the red carpet for our guests.  Pic 4:  An Italian Party just isn’t complete with out a red Ferrari – compliments of Eileen DeVries!  Pic 5: Ebony Hoskins, Eileen DeVries & Carolyn King Pic 6: Makeup artists Rachel Williams & Rachel Douglas show the latest in fall makeup.  Pic 7:  Photo opt time!  Pic 8: Rebecca Wierda and Adrian Butler….our amazing DJ extraordinaire. Wonder who will win that bout?  Pic 9:  These lovely ladies were in search of Rachel Zoe’s collection….yes, we have it available exclusively in West Michigan.  Pic 10: Great crowd!  Pic 11:  And the limo pulls up with a group of fashionistas! Pic 12:  Thanks Harold Zeigler Grandville for providing these fabulous Italian Fiats for the evening.  Pic 13:  Very stylish!

Thanks to everyone who attended our Fashion’s Night Out “Very Italian” Party yesterday! And, it was a PARTY! Our attendance was the highest it’s ever been with everyone stepping out for the evening in great fashion and shopping for new fall favorites. The energy in our store was contagious and our Leigh’s team had a blast!  We appreciate you including Leigh’s in your FNO plans!

Grand Rapids Art Museum Centennial Gala

Pic 1:  Meg Goebel(wearing Isaac Mizrahi) and Brian Einhorn  Pic 2:  Doug and Nancy Padnos (wearing Tadashi Shoji)  Pic 3:  Erin Gravelyn (wearing Douglas Hannant) and Rebecca Wierda (wearing Pamella Roland) Pic 4:  Sue Jandernoa (wearing St. John), Deb Clark (wearing Theia), Patrick Plank (wearing Yves Saint Laurent) Anne England (wearing Theia), Jere Hinman (wearing Peggy Jennings) Pic 5: Rebecca Wierda, Meg Willit (wearing Pamella Roland), Tina Segard (wearing Tadashi Shoji)  Pic 6:  Meg Willit, Katie Oostema (wearing Badgley Mischka)  Pic 7: Eileen DeVries (wearing Pamella Roland)  Pic 8:  Mary Beth (wearing Douglas Hannant) and Mark Meijer  Pic 8:  Liesel Meijer (wearing Isaac Mizrahi), Pamella DeVos (wearing Pamella Roland), Rebecca Wierda

The Grand Rapids Art Museum’s Centennial Gala Saturday was an outstanding event!  The event raised over a million dollars for the museum and was the kick-off event to the much-anticipated Princess Diana exhibition.  The gala started at the JW Marriott with dinner and a program and then guests were shuttled over to the museum for dessert and a sneak peek at the exhibition.  Close to 700 people attended.  It certainly was the event of the season!  I couldn’t resist bringing my camera and taking pictures of several of the beautiful gowns that were purchased at Leigh’s.  I wish I could have had a chance to take pictures of everyone wearing a gown from Leigh’s, but the night just flew by!  Please feel free to forward me pictures that you took and I will gladly post them (  I also need to take a moment to thank my alterations team for making sure all of our customers were delighted with a perfectly fitted gown.  Our alterations team worked extra hours and did last-minute alts – up until 5:30pm the night of the event!!  You ladies are amazing – thank you!!

Fashion’s Night Out Success!


Pic 1: Cheryl & Paul Haverkate  Pic 2:  Our cosmetic area was buzzing!  Pic 3: DJ Adrian Butler strikes a pose!  Pic 4:  Alison Miller models Sam Edelman’s “Killer Heel.  Pic 5: Patrick Plank, Clarice Drew, Dan Dixon.  Pic 5:  Our beautiful  store at night.  Pic 6:  Our FNO team let’s loose for a fun pic! l-r: Adrian Butler, Lesley Goebel, Mandi Lehman,Rachel, Emily Nurmikko, Patrick Plank, Sam Clark, Stacy Caruso, Rebecca Wierda, Katie Oostema

We had a blast celebrating Fashion’s Night Out this past Friday night!!  Thank you, thank you to everyone who joined us!!  Also, a huge thank you to Adrian Butler for keeping us hoppin’ with great music, Yen Ching for all of the yummy food (I, personally, loved the spring rolls), Sweet Cakes for the darling cupcakes – creative, clever & yummy as always, Stacy & Rachel from Capelli Salon – our customers loved the hair styles you were giving them and Mandi from Laura Mercier – fabulous makeup!  We loved seeing you, our customer and all of the new faces that stopped by to join the party.  I hope you had as much fun as we did!

What a Party!

Pic 1:  Our model, Anna.   Pic 2:  It’s the little Lilly girl, Holly…adorable!  Pic 3: Pre-party team photo opt! Back row l-r: Katie Oostema, Tammi Smits, Kati Drew, Carol Slomp, Mandi Lehman, Deb Clark Front row l- r: Carol Turner, Pat Klimas-Reinhardt, Rebecca Wierda Pic 4: Lilly shop Pic 5: Gracie and Erin check out the Chinchilla Pic 5: Rebecca Wierda & Patrick Plank in their Lilly best!

Thanks to everyone who came to our Pre-Spring Break Party yesterday!  We had so much fun celebrating the opening of our Lilly Pulitzer shop within Leigh’s.  Patrick had our store looking spectacular!  The John Ball Zoo had  visiting animals that the kids loved.  We had live music, yummy food and tax-free shopping!  It was a great day!