Karen Thompson left New York City’s garment district to found Lace Silhouettes Lingerie in 1988, when she opened the flagship store in Peddler’s Village, PA. She was passionate about creating an intimate apparel brand that went beyond the average shopping experience to truly satisfy what women want –– personalized, knowledgeable service; a welcoming, comfortable environment; and affordable luxury that makes them feel beautiful and confident. She had a vision for a store where every customer would be treated like a friend, as though they were a “guest in our home.” This year, Lace Silhouettes celebrates the 25th anniversary of their flagship store, and they have expanded to two other store locations in Princeton and Cape May, New Jersey. Believing that every woman deserves to indulge herself regardless of age, size, or price range, they continue to stay true to their vision of empowering women to look and feel great.

Today, Karen says, “I live to help women from the inside out.” Whether that means nurturing a young woman’s career through internship or employment opportunities, granting a wish to a woman in need through her Wishes for Women brand, or simply sending someone home after a bra fitting with her spirits (and her girls!) uplifted, she is committed to improving the lives of women in her community.

Karen has been active as a mentor, honored as an inspiration, and busy as a community servant. She is a motivational speaker for SCORE and has been involved with many mentoring programs for women and young people. She has been on the Board of Directors for Bucks County Family Services, has sponsored events benefiting local food pantries, and she has committed Lace Silhouettes to supporting over 25 local charities and community programs, believing that strong communities mean strong business.

Karen is also the founder of two organizations that give back to the community in very tangible ways. Since July 2008, the Wishes for Women organization she founded has made a difference by granting everyday wishes and contributing to charitable causes. Most recently, she partnered with the Salvation Army to establish the Thompson Family Pajama Pantry, distributing pajamas and underwear to those in need.

Karen Thompson has been recognized in many ways for her impact on the community. In 2007, Best of Intima, a leading publication in the intimate apparel industry, honored Lace Silhouettes with their “Best in Community Support” award. In 2009 Bucks County Women’s Fund presented Karen with the “Woman with a Vision” award. Today she and her team continue to reach out to their local communities with a message of empowerment. Whether it’s the woman who leaves a Lace Silhouettes fitting room with her body image transformed, or the family who receives what they need to recover from a natural disaster, Karen stays true to her belief that purposeful action can create change and transform lives.

Lace Silhouettes, 33 Palmer Square, Princeton, 609-688-8823. Peddler’s Village Shop #30, Lahaska, PA. 429 Washington Street Mall, Cape May. www.lacesilhouetteslingerie.comSee ad, page 11.

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