Margaux & Max, Connoisseurs of all Things Fine and Dandy
V Lynne Smith
When I walked through the door at Margaux & Max and I saw the large Disco Ball hanging from the ceiling I knew this day was going to be very special. I’ve known about Margaux & Max for a couple years now, but this was my first visit to this quaint boutique (but surely not my last). Margaux & Max is owned & operated by the charismatic Je Donna Dinges. Prior to my visit we spoke by phone and it was as if I were talking with an old friend, Je Donna’s energy is contagious!! Margaux & Max is a boutique that features previously owned fine women’s clothing, shoes, and accessories at significant savings over retail. What Fashionista doesn’t love finding fabulous brands such as Brooks Brothers, St. John, Ralph Lauren and other designer brands at a fraction of the cost?
Margaux & Max came to fruition through a simple posting on her Facebook page of a pair of rhinestone chandelier earrings. The earrings were quickly scooped up by a friend who needed to accessorize her outfit for a special event. When her friend came by to pick up the earrings, Je Donna offered to show her a pair of shoes and an evening bag from her own collection. After spending about three hours running up and down the stairs of her home bringing clothing to the dining room for her friend to see, she knew what to do next. Margaux & Max was born in Je Donna’s living room, nowoperating in its own whimsical yet beautifully decorated space located in Ferndale, MI.
The disco music that plays in the background creates a lively ambiance in which to shop as clients can browse through spaces cleverly called Studios for that perfect item that speaks to them. Je Donna works with a variety of vendors across the country to carefully curate the best previously loved vintage and contemporary clothing shoes and accessories while passing along amazing deals to her clients. Je Donna has a great eye when it comes to working with clients to create the perfect look. On this particular Saturday afternoon, Je Donna was hosting a Derby Shopping Party at Margaux & Max along with her Fabulous Friend Rachel Lutz from The Peacock Room who provided the beautiful hats displayed throughout Margaux & Max. Je Donna will often host special themed shopping events at her boutique for clients as she had hosted Roaring Twenties-themed shopping event on the previous evening. I watched Je Donna work her magic as she helped a client select a drop dead gorgeous ensemble for a Derby Brunch.
The lively décor at Margaux and Max will inspire you to be as creative as you’d like while shopping. As I worked my way through the various Studioseach containing a specific kind of inventory, I couldn’t help but start to create looks in my mind. Her inventory is amazing and I hadn’t even looked at the accessories yet. The accessories collection at Margaux & Max is simply magnificent, from earrings that sparkle to pearls you want to clutch forever. The collection of evening bags is especially exquisite and Je Donna has a beautiful selection on hand. I don’t know about you, but I absolutely adore those dainty little bags that beg the question, “What do you have in that tiny little bag?” Yes, I fell victim to a couple of evening bags that I just couldn’t live without. After all, one can never have too many evening bags.
So the next time you’re in need of something special to wear or looking for just the right accessory stop by Margaux & Max and let Je Donna create a magical look for you. Margaux & Max is located at 561 Livernois in Fashionable Ferndale, Michigan, MI. Hours are Thursday 5 pm – 9 pm, Friday 1 pm – 9 pm, & Saturdays 11 am – 5 pm. Je Donna is also available for private appointments by calling (313) 221-6434.