Behind the seams with Pierro Designs

Behind the seams with Pierro Designs

Once upon a time in the 1980s, our very own Lousje had a clothing label that predated the line here at the boutique. 

It was called “Pierro Designs,” and although the decade was different, the design philosophy then was much the same as the clothes we make here at Lousje & Bean now: elegant, well-constructed pieces that flatter without compromising on comfort. Lousje had a storefront for Pierro in Port Dalhousie where she designed and sold her pieces; it was a lot like what we do today, only on a bit smaller scale. Recently, we came across a treasure trove of photos from that time, and we’re thrilled to share them with you today.


Looking at the photos, you can see Lousje’s signature in them even then! Her look is so timeless. You can even see a young Tessa (AKA “Bean”) in the background of the photos. Too cute! Funnily enough, one of the models from a Pierro Designs fashion show came into the store to say hello the other day. She doesn’t live in the area, but when she was visiting she said she had to stop in and say hello to Lousje. It was such a treat to hear her stories! Her name is Julianna, and she told us how she never forgot Lousje’s unique clothes and great style, and she was so delighted to hear that Lousje was still working in fashion. We loved connecting with her, and she even picked up one of our awesome Bubble Coats to take home. Talk about an awesome souvenir.


We absolutely loved connecting with her, and it was such a blast from the past to revisit the photos from that time. Though Pierro Designs is now closed, it’s wonderful and wild to see that, no matter how much things change, much of the past remains with us. Julianna, we loved seeing you, and we hope to see you again soon!


  1. Julianna LaGravinese Julianna LaGravinese

    These are fantastic photos!! Thank you so much for sharing... such great memories! As a teenager I was always so grateful to work for Lousje at Pierro Designs...Such an education! I was absolutely in awe of the fabric Lousje used and the designs she created... Everything she did was magical!! Now, as a working mom , I am appreciative of her flattering, sophisticated , timeless and very wearable designs!! It was exciting to reconnect and to see that the magic continues! I am absolutely enjoying my Bubble Coat! ... many compliments from Connecticut and NYC. My daughter, Isabella so enjoyed her experience in meeting you and can't wait to return!! Me too! I enjoyed my time ....and I have your new Cleo Coat on my mind!! A must have!! I'll be seeing you soon!! Love and hugs, Julianna xo

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