Friends since they were teenagers, Renée Morra and Sophie Beaudoin basically grew together to become two dynamic business people in Ottawa.
Graduating high school and university together and sharing in life’s ups and downs led them both to Models International Management; Sophie as the owner of the successful modelling agency and Renée as an agent and stylist. Building their fashion careers in Ottawa helped them create an amazing network that eventually inspired them to open viens avec moi.
It was on vacation that the premise for the store came about: daydreaming on a beach in South of France about possible concepts for their imaginary store.
When the idea of “viens avec moi” came about, the girls knew that would be it; a youthful, playful slogan that they could build a clientele on.
viens avec moi has something for every generation of women. Mothers and daughters can shop together and both achieve the stylish, effortless look that Sophie and Renée embody.
The products at VAM range from the high-brow to the hand-made, constantly introducing new lines and brands to Ottawa. viens avec moi was the first boutique to introduce lines like jewellery designer Jenny Bird from Toronto, scarf designer Krista Norris from Ottawa, and contemporary lines like Mother Denim, and Heartloom to name a few.
VAM boutique first opened its doors in 2011 in a little house in trendy Wellington West. The two-level shop was inviting and rustic while offering the best quality designers and interesting pieces that were sure to garner compliments wherever you wore them.
Renée and Sophie wanted the store to feel like a house, like you’re a friend just popping by to say hello, all while taking advantage of the best part, taking something fabulous home to add to your closet. The girls called it a labour of love; their friendship and trust are reflected in everything from how they run their business to the store’s décor.
In March 2019, Renée and Sophie decided to embark on a new journey, focusing on viens avec moi's e-commerce business and closing their brick and mortar shop situated at 1338 Wellington West and opening a brand new store in the Glebe. Always wanting to keep their business fresh and new, Renée and Sophie are excited for this new chapter as they launch their own apparel line.
Great things are happening and the women behind viens avec moi have made it even more exciting for you to follow them closely.