Tess opened her first flagship store in Cambridge, Massachusetts in July of 1995. Nestled neatly into Harvard Square, with an urban setting and hip culture, customers sought the high-end European fashions, selective merchandise, and personal attention as an alternative to traditional department stores. Now, 24 years later, customers continue to value the merchandise selection and well-trained staff that is always ready to help create the perfect ensemble for any occasion.
With the success of her flagship store in Cambridge, Tess branched out into three different locations in Concord, Weston, and Beverly Farms. This transition from the urban, Harvard Square locale to the chic suburban setting has allowed for a more diverse selection of merchandise, and the addition of a Shoe Salon and Jewelry geared to compliment a variety of styles. Both stores carry identical merchandise and on any given day merchandise is seen transferred from one location to the other by either client or staff request.
The world of fashion has countless players: retail buyers, editors, sales people, personal shoppers and stylists, to name a few. Tess Enright, owner and style guru at Tess & Carlos boutiques manages to be all things at once. Having started her career in sales at Bloomingdale's and Bonwit Teller in Boston, it took Tess 10 years to realize that her true calling was to open a store of her own.
A fastidious editor and thoughtful buyer.
Tess's talent for identifying unique designers as well as buying specific pieces from leading collections is evident upon entering her store. Over 2,000 square feet in Cambridge are the backdrop for bountiful racks and stacks of the season's most coveted clothing and accessories.
A trusted stylist and personal shopper. A persuasive, yet credible salesperson.
Tess's detailed knowledge of each line, as well as her instinctive approach to women's sizing and to her customers' personal preferences, is unmatched. After taking a quick look at your face and body type, she will select several items that are almost guaranteed to look fabulous on you. And she is rarely wrong — just ask her throngs of devotees. She's also attuned to her customers' current wardrobes, and knows just what to add to complement them, making sure that friends and acquaintances don't buy anything too similar. It's no surprise, too, that she hires only the best salespeople who mirror her personalized approach.
Tess's individual style belies her bold, fashionable vision. Most days you'll find her wearing a simple yet chic crewneck sweater with a skirt or pants – black and grey are favorite colors. "I leave my creativity for the buy," she says. But her business philosophy is anything but basic. She believes in color and pieces that complement the body, as well as unique and different looks that please a variety of tastes. While Tess doesn't follow exact trends, she asserts that a good salesperson can have considerable influence. "If a customer has trust in you, you can create the trend."