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Lillesøster Butikken is very excited to debut our first shipment of HUDSON designer jeans! We have the Classic Bootcut (34.5” inseam), the Krista Skinny, and the PETITE Classic Bootcut (31” inseam). The Krista Skinny is in a fantabulous dark rinse, perfect for pairing with heels, flats, or wearing tucked inside boots for Autumn and Winter. All jean styles available in sizes 24-31 (equivalent to sizes 00-14). 

This is what Hudson has to say about their Petite Bootcut: “Our beloved denim style but designed for the girl looking for a little less inseam but a whole lot of style. We altered the knee break to accommodate a shorter leg length, resulting in a long, lean look that will keep you walking tall.” 

Alright ladies, what are you waiting for? Stop in and try a pair on(-:

Lillesøster Butikken is the exclusive area retailer for Genetic Denim! Spotted on celebrities like: Reese Witherspoon, Emma Roberts, Amanda Seyfried, Jessica Alba, Cameron Diaz, Halle Berry, Jennifer Lopez, Miranda Kerr and many many more. Stop by Lillesøster and try a pair on… we promise you will love the ultra-soft denim and classic rinses that transition perfectly from casual daywear to evenings out on the town. 

Launched in 2006, Los Angeles based Genetic Denim is based on enduring elements of personal style: fit, fabrication and individuality. Creative Director Ali Fatourechi approaches denim with the mindset that our points of differentiation should be acknowledged and celebrated, resulting in a collection that caters to a range of women’s denim needs.

 Genetic Denim works with innovative washes of Italian, Japanese and Turkish denim to create a range of core and updated silhouettes from season to season. The signature soft hand of the fabric is intentionally discrete – denim looks as it should, yet the jeans retain a polished, lean look and drape, with the weight varying according to style and season.

 Genetic Denim is available in over 800 specialty stores and luxury retailers worldwide, including Barneys New York, Nordstrom, Fred Segal and Ron Herman in the United States, Holt Renfrew and TNT in Canada, Harvey Nichols in London and Hong Kong, Montaigne Market in Paris and Podium in Moscow, among other countries and doors. 

Read all about Lillesøster in Decorah’s local paper! AND here’s a sneak peek of the shop

Lillesøster Butikken has been mentioned in Decorah’s local newspaper….Sarah Strandberg from Decorah Public Opinion wrote a blurb about Lillesøster Butikken. It is on the front page of the Tuesday, July 3 issue. Check it out!

And although we are still under renovation, here’s a couple of images from the main room in the shop. The paint color is Sherwin Williams “Verve Violet”. Fun fact: We removed the dry wall and old plaster on the back wall and exposed the original brick. The other room on the first floor is painted a deep teal (Sherwin Williams “Deep Sea Dive”) but the wood flooring isn’t quite finished so I didn’t take any pics. And for those who remember the Bookends & Beans era, the antique wood fireplace mantel IS staying.  We love it! The contractors have only removed it to replace the terra-cotta tile surround with a beige marble tile. That’s it for now…Happy 4th of July!

Well, here’s our new logo colors. After a test print for our store signage, the colors initially chosen were not very complimentary with our exterior color scheme. After a careful consultation of my handy dandy Pantone color chart booklet, I found colors that would look congruous with the exterior palette.

Well, here’s our new logo colors. After a test print for our store signage, the colors initially chosen were not very complimentary with our exterior color scheme. After a careful consultation of my handy dandy Pantone color chart booklet, I found colors that would look congruous with the exterior palette.

The Lillesøster make-over continues…..

Lillesøster Butikken is a beautiful 2-story brick house built in 1900 and has been very well-preserved throughout her tenure as a single family home, later converted to a private dental practice, and more recently a beloved coffeeshop/bookstore that closed in January of 2010. Nonetheless, she needed a little TLC here and there…and was in need of a “fresh” look to soften the formality of the traditional architecture and classic red brick. Proprietor Sarah Blair wanted to stay true to the historical significance of the structure while adding a bit of whimsy, and decided this could best be achieved by painting all exterior trim a “fun” color, but only choosing from a palette of colors approved by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.  She is also replacing the current fiberglass front entry door with a custom-made painted wood door. The front and rear entry doors, fitting room structures, and the architectural trim needed to match the original woodwork are being crafted and finished by local Amish carpenters. As for the color choices? Drum roll, please!  

Windows, dormers, frieze board: Valspar Grand Hotel Mackinac Blue (a subtle Robin egg blue)

All exterior doors and architectural trim surrounding the front entry: Valspar Lyndhurst Duchess Blue (Hmmm….best described as a dusty aqua with grey undertones)

We were so excited, we had to share some progress pics! We think it’s going to look fabulous, don’t you agree? More pics to come as the renovation progresses….

Compare upper and lower windows in the first pic. Guys are priming and caulking in second pic. Frieze board has 1 coat of Grand Hotel Mackinac Blue.

Lillesøster’s “new” look

Lillesøster Butikken has a new logo! The Norwegian/Scandinavian motif in the background of the logo was created by the awesome U.K. Illustrator, Theresa Tibbetts. Theresa had a similarly themed Swedish motif on a stock photo website, and I stumbled upon it while browsing for dala horse vector images to use in a new logo. I contacted Theresa about doing a slightly different riff on the Swedish motif. The Swedish version had a platter of meatballs and a Viking helmet (among other icons). As much as I love a good meatball and a hat with horns, I had her omit them since I wasn’t quite sure they worked with a women’s clothing boutique logo, LOL. 

Welcome to Lillesøster’s blog!

Welcome to Lillesøster Butikken’s blog! Until our “official” website is up and running, we will be updating the Lillesøster tumblr with all sorts of fun stuff. Pictures, factoids, objects & oddities we love…. and what would a blog be without a few random musings?

We hope you keep checking back….the best is yet to come!