Spotlight: Marilyn’s Fashions Brings Exotic Styles to Local Shores

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marilynsfashion-PolaroidEverythingLongBeach recently spoke with Heather Nelson, General Manager of Marilyn’s Fashions, via email. They talked about inspirations, challenges and what’s it’s like having a business in Belmont Shore & Everywhere.

How long has Marilyn’s Fashions been in business?

While LB Pier 7 Imports has been offering Long Beach locals and beyond the finest in medieval and nautical decor for 20 years, Marilyn’s Fashions is a brand new department of LB Pier 7 Imports. Just launched in May 2012, we’re already garnering attention and fans both in the Long Beach area and nationally.

Can you describe the business?

We offer the finest imported jewelry, apparel, costumes, bags, and so much more. We have the perfect accessories for Goth or Club wear, Belly Dancing costumes, Halloween costumes, and even holiday themed accessories.

How did Marilyn’s Fashions start?

Our founder, Thomas McBride, is a veteran of the Navy. Throughout his world travels, he was introduced to so many new cultures and styles. He created LB Pier 7 Imports to introduce theses styles to others as well. While we’ve been offering fine home décor for years, we decided to introduce jewelry as well. Your entire look, from outfit to home, should be a unique reflection of you!

What makes Marilyn’s Fashions stand out?

Our customer service is what makes us stand out. Not only do we guarantee shipment within two business days, but we also offer a variety of services to assist our customers. We offer free personal shopping services as well. You tell us about your upcoming event, and we can help you pick out the perfect pieces to complement your ensemble. We also offer free gift wrapping services! We deliver to all of Long Beach and much of Southern California. Not only do you receive your order, but you also receive your order wrapped with a small token of appreciation. You feel as though you’re receiving a personalized present instead of just an order!

What is the biggest success Marilyn’s Fashions has had?

Our jewelry was recently seen on celebrities attending one of the MTV Movie Awards Gifting Suite. We helped them pick out their jewelry and delivered it to them in time for the event! That’s a service we offer to all of our customers, not just the celebrity ones!

What is your favorite part of running this business?

Our favorite part of running a business is getting to know our customers, and keeping up on trends. We are constantly receiving new imported exotic items, and we love sharing those with our fans and customers.

What are the biggest challenges you face?

The biggest challenge was getting our website off the ground. Once we had that, there was no slowing us down!

What unique talents do you bring to Marilyn’s Fashions?

Each person on our staff comes to us with a new and different specialty to bring to the table. Our staff has a long outstanding work history that includes social media, marketing, PR, and writing, just to name a few.

How is Marilyn’s Fashions involved with the community?

Our General Manager has made quite a name for herself by volunteering and doing extensive charity work, dating back over 25 years. We are always on the lookout for ways to be involved in the community.

Do you have any future plans for Marilyn’s Fashions?

We plan to continue growing and growing, and offering amazingly unique items to our customers!

What is the best advice that you received and who did it come from?

The best piece of advice I have ever heard was ”One of the secrets of success is to accept change and be excited about it. See the possibilities, not the roadblocks.” from William Margaritis

Contact Marilyn’s Fashions:

Phone: 562-433-4147

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