FROM RAF OFFICER TO BOUTIQUE OWNER AND BACK AGAIN.....IT'S ALL ABOUT STAYING GROUNDED!
Five Six Blue Boutique began trading online in 2015 when Helen founded the business following a long and successful military career.
Having started her working life in ladies fashion in South London, there followed a short stint training to be an accountant, before spending the next two decades as an air traffic controller in the RAF. Wearing a uniform daily meant that she appreciated independent fashion brands even more, and moving around every 2 years, she became a huge fan of many an independent boutique across the UK and beyond.
Five Six Blue Boutique is an independent online ladies fashion boutique for women who appreciate effortless style and an understated touch of Scandinavian-inspired luxury. Each season, we aim to bring you a capsule collection of pieces that we love from some fantastic national and Scandi designer talent, all under our virtual roof.
Think of us as your local independent boutique with the personal touch that comes from hand-picked collections. You can see how to layer our pieces, to accessorise and dress them up or dress them down on our blog so that whatever your mood, you’ll find something that you want, need or love.
So far we have won 3 business awards, including the ‘Small Business Sunday’ Award from former-Dragon’s Den Dragon, Theo Paphitis, and been finalists in 2 other business awards. Along the way we have gained some loyal followers and customers. Helen also writes fashion columns for local magazines and is often asked for fashion advice from other online and offline publications too.
Interviewed by Sam Burgess for the Small & Mighty Business Podcast in 2019, you can listen to more of Helen’s journey here.
You will also find Helen on Instagram Stories – with highlights from behind the scenes in the real life musings of a boutique owner.
Finally, in January 2020, an opportunity presented itself to return to the light blue in a new guise, so Helen jumped at the chance to work alongside NATO colleagues in a dynamic environment in Suffolk.
Don’t worry – Five Six Blue Boutique continues alongside service life – it’s just another juggle!
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Finally, thank you for your custom and support, we really do appreciate it.