About Lousje & Bean

We're Lousje & Bean

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We're Lousje & Bean

Combining fresh style and essential comfort, Lousje & Bean is the realization of the shared dream of mother-daughter duo Lous and Tessa Oort.

The two work out of their Lousje & Bean Studio/Boutique located on James Street in downtown St.Catharines. This space features their own unique collection as well as other distinctive Canadian made accessories. Lousje & Tessa are proud to contribute to and support Canadian Made products.

10 Best Niagara Boutiques

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Fashion designers Lous and Tessa Oort are the mother-daughter design team behind Niagara's Lousje & Bean, a boutique shop that opened its doors just six years ago. Influenced by their European heritage, the ladies design each piece to be sensible, innovative and stylish in a place that enables all generations to enjoy the beauty of clothes all under one roof.

From elegant items to tailored and relaxed clothing, the boutique shop is a place where you'll fall in love with each style and will want to follow the duo around the store to understand just how they creatively crafted each piece.

What's so wonderful about this shop is, that over the past six years, the bond between the owners is even stronger than when the shop first opened its doors. It's not everyday that you get a mother-daughter fashion design team that creates such unique pieces for anyone who walks into the shop.

The duo focuses on developing and carrying clothes made in Canada, and is geared toward the modern fashionista. With such creative designs the two come up with we can only hope they'll be here for years to come. So, if you're looking for a boutique shop that carries European-style fashions, head over to the Niagara region's famous Lousje & Bean. This boutique is for you.

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Bitten by Fashion Bug, Mom, Daughter Launch Line

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Bitten by Fashion Bug, Mom, Daughter Launch Line

Bitten by fashion bug, mom, daughter launch line
NEWS May 05, 2006 Niagara This Week - St. Catharines
Bitten by fashion bug, mom, daughter launch line
Tessa and Lous Oort have combined their creative juices to create a line of new and dynamic European influenced fashion designs. They will host their first fashion show at Addison Hall in Niagara-on-the-Lake May 12.
NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE -- Lous Oort once had a shop in Port Colborne where she worked on costumes for a local theatre company. But once her family began to expand, her love for fashion took a back seat as she raised her four children.

"The shop went and the children stayed," said Lous. Many years later the fashion bug was instilled in Lous' daughter Tessa, who graduated from George Brown College's fashion techniques and design program. With both mother and daughter sharing the common ideals of style and chic, it was only fitting that the two combined their passions for fashion with the goal of creating a unique product.

The result is "Lousje and Bean," a new and dynamic women's fashion line with an influence of European flavours, style, and flair.

Conceived this past January, the Oorts' line of clothing features a unique look that can be worn for any occasion.

"Our line can be best described as functional, yet funky," said Lous.

"And they're all made of natural fibres, there's a lot of linen," said Tessa.

Spending many a day crafting their fashion between their showroom in Grimsby and workshop in St. Catharines, the duo have put together a line of 14 pieces, which will be showcased at their inaugural fashion show at Addison Hall in Niagara-on-the-Lake May 12.

Because of the European influence, the clothing will have a slimmer fit, with sizes ranging between 34 to 48. However the clothing can be custom tailored for fuller sizes. It is the Oorts' dream to one day to have their own boutique shop in Toronto's Bloor West Village, but they are taking baby steps in order to one day make it a reality.

For now, the pair have been doing private home showings and their designs will be for sale at Jordans (84 Queen St. in Niagara-on-the-Lake) in the near future.

"The home shows have been successful and we've had very positive feedback," said Tessa. "Our fashion show will be a celebration of our work."

Addison Hall is at 41 Byron St.. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are available via email at lousjandbean@hotmail.com or by calling 905-309-0159.