A Good Fit

There are two things that women of style dream about: being a fashion designer and owning a retail store. Terese Zache of Terese Zache Designs has done both.

“I have been in women’s clothing since I was fifteen,” explains Zache. “I love the fabrics and the colors. When I did my custom work I was working with people who did really upscale pieces and surrounded by gorgeous fabric.”

Zache’s thirty-plus years in the industry means she’s experienced many areas of retail—working at Manchester’s on the Square in high school, managing several area apparel stores, constructing special-occasion garments and designing made-to-order wardrobes for a roster of clients each season and, finally, opening her own store in 2003. She also holds degrees in fashion and apparel design from UW–Madison and the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York.

Recently, Zache was awarded the Governor’s Trailblazer Award for her twenty-five years in business as an independent designer and small business owner.

Although she doesn’t design anymore, Zache’s critical eye serves her well. “When I’m doing my buying, the salespeople [at showrooms] always tell me I look at a piece from all angles,” she says. “I look for wearability; can you wear it more than once, for day, night and different occasions? I can see right through if there’s going to be a fit issue since I’ve made patterns for so many years. And I judge the fabric quality.”

Season after season Zache’s selections means she chooses items that wear well and fit beautifully—whether it’s a Gerard Darel pair of skinny pants or Suzi Chin silk cocktail dress. Her aesthetic is targeted at thirty-somethings and up who want stylish, polished looks with pretty details for good prices.

Kind of like that classic blazer you keep forever because you love the fit—Zache’s boutique can always have a place in your wardrobe, too.

Terese Zache Designs

Price Range: $39–$800

Owner's Picks: Gerard Darel double knit skinny pant, $189; Tyler Boe cashmere cardigan, $159; Suzi Roher black nickel anthracite belt, $189; Marc Aurel printed and embroidered tee, $159.

Editor's Picks: Regent Park houndstooth cape, $104; People Like Frank striped cardigan, $119; Regent Park cream cable knit sleeveless sweater, $90; Matt & Nat Camdelpool gray handbag, $239.

Verdict: Zache's well-edited selection of casual to dressy pieces means you can construct a whole wardrobe from her shop. It's the perfect place for women who want refined silhouettes with of-the-moment details, like a dark pair of boot-cut jeans with embellished pockets or a chic cape in classic houndstooth.

702 N. Midvale Blvd. (Hilldale Mall). 310-4100. Teresezache.com

Shayna Miller is associate and style editor of Madison Magazine.

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