ABOUT BLANKA BOUTIQUE
Blanka Boutique is much more than a woman’s fashion retailer. At Banka, we offer style consulting, trend education, as well as figure analysis. We delight in curating the most up to date, flattering and unique combinations to outfit our customers so that they look and feel their absolute BEST!
We care so much about our customers look and image that we also offer in-home consultations, closet clean-outs, and vacation packing prep! We aim to be a go to destination for events, style, special occasion wear, and closet curation for women who want to project their inner beauty into their outer reality.
It’s our goal to have you leave the boutique with a look that’s just right for you – your coloring, your shape, your lifestyle, your energy, and especially your budget! Our team of fashion experts is trained to advise on all your fashion needs. Blanka aims to be more than a shopping experience; we strive to help you experience yourself in a fresh, stylish way that is sure to leave you more confident and help you present the best version of yourself to the world.
The name BL-ANKH-A was inspired by a vision Jennie received of owning a store in Montecito, four years before the vision became a reality! In the vision she had her own designs in a beautiful, bright, boutique, by the beach. In the vision, hovering above the store, was a White ANKH, emitting white rays of light all over the town, and making their sparkling way down to Malibu. The ankh has always been associated with life, the promise of eternal life, prosperity, the sun, fertility, and light. For Jennie, this vision revealed to her the path she was meant to take and whispered promise for prosperity and more light in her world and in others'. It is with that conviction and vision Jennie continues to serve Santa Barbara through her passion project, Blanka Boutique!
Jennie Stierwalt Owner/Designer
Jennie began working in fashion boutiques in high school and college; ultimately leading the merchandising and buying department for a successful fashion boutique in San Luis Obispo. Eventually, her experience and passion brought her to New York where she managed visual merchandising for Free People. It was in New York that Jennie gained a faithful fashion following that sparked her personal styling and shopping business.
After two years in New York, Jennie returned to California as merchandiser for Wendy Foster in Montecito. After over a year creating dreamy merchandise displays for the well known boutiques, she ventured out on her own to rekindle her love for personal styling when she launched, Your Best Self Stylist, a personal styling and shopping service that took off quickly.
Two years later Jennie launched her contemporary women’s fashion boutique, Blanka Boutique, in Montecito. The store experienced immediate success and filled a niche in the community, a niche she is passionate about filling in Santa Barbara and beyond. In addition to the unique shopping and styling experience at Blanka, Jennie has now expanded to designing her very popular signature line of clothing, Blanka the LABEL.
Blanka THE LABEL
Blanka the Label (BTL) is Fashion Designer, Jennie Stierwalt’s new elevated, contemporary women’s fashion collection. It debuted in Blanka Boutique September 2016 and has been gaining a loyal following ever since. It’s first collection piece, the BTL Wrap Dress #1, is the foundation to the brand. The fashion collection is influenced by Jennie’s desire to see women dress like ladies again -- in dresses, flirty basics, and silhouette flattering styles. The brand feels a bit 1950’s, retro, yet classy, and sexy all at the same time.
BTL now includes 30 styles and is continuing to expand into a fully comprehensive collection. The apparel is handmade in downtown Los Angeles in eco conscious factories by well cared for craftspeople.
Blanka the LABEL is now available online at www.blankaboutique.com/shopnew as well as in Blanka Boutique, 1266 Coast Village Road, Montecito CA 93108. Call us for more information (805) 869-1811.