Ms. Broel started her business in New Orleans over 35 years ago by making dresses to order for her clients. This came easy to a woman who could sew before she learned to write. After buying her first re-orderable dress line, the rest became fashion history. Moving from a small store on St. Charles Avenue, she purchased a sadly neglected antebellum mansion further up the street and restored the home to its previous majesty.
In 1980, after having her own wedding and reception in the house, Bonnie Broel decided to dedicate the entire first floor of the mansion to her many clients who wanted that same kind of historic home atmosphere for their weddings.
In 1991, Bonnie Broel was the first retailer to be awarded the International "ROSE" Award (Retailer of Style and Excellence) and in 1992 she received the Lifetime Achievement Award from Fashion Group International for her contribution to the fashion industry.
A life-long desire was fulfilled in 1997 when Ms. Broel became an ordained interfaith minister. She now performs a caring and romantic ceremony for those couples requesting her services.
She wrote an inspirational book entitled "HOUSE OF BROEL, The Inside Story" in which she shares many of her amazing life discoveries through tales of her noble family and her historic New Orleans Garden District home.
Copies of this book are available for $24.95 (plus $5.05 shipping and handling) per book. Checks can be made payable to The House of Broel Foundation and sent to 2220 St. Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130.
To order by phone or with a credit card http://www.houseofbroelfoundation.org or:
(504) 522-2220 | (504) 494-2220
Fax: (504) 534-6775