Alumnae gathered recently for Marian Network reception at The Fold, a boutique in Countryside Village, owned and operated by Natalie Navis ’02. Navis offered alumnae tips and tricks for creating a personal style for spring.

The Fold features womenswear by contemporary designers’ that is not available elsewhere in Omaha. Navis personally chooses items and stocks only one of each size, thus ensuring a completely unique style for patrons. Many of the pieces are hand sewn and available in limited quantities. The spring line features lovely linens, cottons and suedes. Natalie’s sense of style, her attention to detail, and her warm and engaging personality make every visit a personal shopping consultation.

UntitledNavis’s professional story is just as delightful as her fashion sense. After graduating from Marian, she attended Creighton University. She then earned a law degree from the University of Nebraska. While working as an attorney, she moonlighted as a personal stylist and fashion blogger in New York. After four years of practicing law and after attending New York Fashion Week for the first time, Natalie took a big leap and left the legal field for the world of women’s designer boutique retail. She learned from the very best at Standard Style in Kansas City and Lola in Fayetteville Arkansas, before returning to Omaha, where she worked at The Mix. She returned to New York to help Marissa Webb and her team open their first brick and mortar store in SOHO. “In a remarkable way, that experience led me to the realization that I was ready to be a small business owner in Omaha,” said Navis. She opened The Fold in August.

The Marian Network is sponsored by the alumnae board to inspire and advance alumnae personally and professionally. Events provide an opportunity to learn about and discuss issues facing women and offer opportunities for social and professional networking. If you are interested in hosting a Marian Network event at your place of business, please contact Nancy Casey, alumnae director.