From a very early age...
I've dreamed of having my own business. When I was just four years old, my dear Grandma Genevieve* gave me my first cash register for Christmas and I've been playing store ever since! My love of all things French and jewelry led me to start The Left Bank 18 years ago when I began importing jewelry made in France. Since then, The Left Bank has evolved into a petite haven for French-inspired gifts and a must-stop for brides shopping for beautiful wedding shoes, bridal accessories and a delightful place to indulge in bijoux (that's jewelry, of course!) and other small treasures, all with a French twist.
I feel privileged and very happy to be doing what I love and am grateful to all the loyal customers who have helped establish The Left Bank as "The Soul of Paris in the Heart of Chicago." Merci beaucoup for a fabulous 18 years!
"Fais de ta vie un reve, et de ton reve une reality"
Make your life a dream and your dream a reality...Saint Exupery
Susan et Cie
*Genevieve is also the patron saint of Paris, such serendipity!
BTW: It's not all me!
Understand that running a business, decorating, designing, keeping the paperwork in order and the other great things that happen at our boutique are not done by me alone! That would be impossible. With that said, I would like to introduce and give my most heartfelt thanks to the people that work everyday to ensure we give you the best service and have an amazing selection of products, but also keep the business running
Beth Blanton - If you call our boutique you'll likely talk with Beth, our retail store manager. She is our resident Southern Belle from Franklin, TN loves all things wedding and sparkly things. She's sweet and a joy to work with.
Mario Stamos - Our resident creative director, once you meet him, hard to forget!
He is a force of design talent and can transform a room or a bride into something magical.
Bethany Norman - Recently married with an amazing and highly creative reception at Salvage One in Chicago, Bethany creates many one of a kind pieces for our bride's craving unique pieces.
Giving Back...to the community and many great causes we believe in
PAWS - Pets are worth saving
Anti-Cruelty Society ...what can we say, we love animals!
Autism Speaks....for cousin Timmy and so many afflicted
Susan B. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation
Lincoln Park Shelter
The Greater Chicago Food Depository
Thanks to all of our contributing photographer friends who lent a talented eye:
Sonia Roselli,Andre LaCour,Rick Aguilar,Chris Ocken,Kent Squires, Jeremy Lawson &
Please note: We are a retail and Internet business only. Ever-changing products make catalogs impossible, so please visit us often!