Sarah LaFleur?s biggest complaint about the corporate world: her ho-hum work-appropriate wardrobe.
So she did what any fashion-forward, business-savvy lady would do: She quit her private-equity job, teamed up with a former Zac Posen head designer and released a line of dresses that are equal parts stylish and boardroom-ready.
Her just-launched company, M.M. LaFleur, sells nine styles that look luxurious but have more working-woman functionality than most designer brands can offer. Take, for instance, the silk and stretch-wool Felisa ($295), which is based on a standard DVF wrap silhouette but boasts office-friendly improvements. Namely, LaFleur raised the V (your boss doesn?t need to see your cleavage!) and closed Von Furstenberg?s notoriously flapping front. Oh, and did we mention it?s machine washable?
The shopping process is pretty clever too. Rather than committing to one style, you select four dresses to try on. M.M. LaFleur will then ship your selections to you, allow you seven days to decide what you like and charge you only for the items you keep (with free shipping in both directions).
Plus, while the line courts a modern work-wear vibe, the materials and cuts are remarkably timeless. LaFleur may have left the finance industry, but she?s still making sound investments.