Established in 1987, the Deborah James mission is to be first in their market to debut fashions latest trends. Deborah travels across the globe, from New York to Los Angeles, and Paris to Milan, utilizing her acute sense of style and retail acumen to select seasonal must haves. These past few years has only reaffirmed the importance of deep connections with our designers.
Deborah was born with fashion in her blood. Her father James, half of the store’s namesake, rose through the ranks of JC Penny’s in New York City in the 50’s and 60’s, running their men’s manufacturing division. He instilled in her a strong work ethic and encouraged her to follow her passion. Deborah studied at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in New York City. After graduating the top of her class, she relocated to Miami to work for Burdines where she was recruited to work in their rigorous buying program. In 1987, Deborah fulfilled her dream of opening her own contemporary boutique, with a nod to her father, she named it Deborah James. Now in three locations, Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale, and North Palm Beach, Deborah James is synonymous with innovative designs in apparel, shoes, and accessories from around the world.
Creating a comfortable, honest store experience was one of Deborah's founding principles thirty-four years ago. “My experience with Burdine's taught me the fundamentals of the business, which was invaluable, but I wanted to create a total fashion experience for the client- from the merchandise, to visual display, and having knowledgeable sales associates who could actually assist our customers to create their own personal style."