Claire Chardon is one amazing lady and as you will quickly discover as soon as she introduces herself, she is from France complete with the charming French accent. Claire's story begins with a marriage that brings her to the US and then several moves as her husband was promoted and relocated.
Claire is an entrepreneur, but not your ordinary "let's open a store" kind of entrepreneur but one that developed a passion to solve a missing puzzle piece for a picture puzzle - literally. It all started 3 years ago when she wanted a family portrait with her three children, two boys and a girl ages 6 to 14. She lived in New York and wanted to find clothing for everyone that would be complimentary to each other, yet not identical cookie-cutter-matching outfits.
Her quest was fruitless and a passion was born to bring Paris fabrics and fashion to the US while also designing clothing for mother and daughter that would complement the wearer and each other. Her company, Cocli was launched two years ago as an e-commerce business shortly before she moved to Jupiter, FL.
It's not easy launching a new business, but it's particularly hard when you are in a new city without the support network so vital to success. With a booming, but competitive, women's and children's clothing industry, the increasing shift to online purchases shows Claire is at the right place at the right time.
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Claire Chardon is from Paris. She's a mom of three kids (two boys: 12, 9; and a girl, 5). She created Cocli in 2014 after trying to match clothing during family portraits. There originated the idea of offering women the opportunity to match their dresses with their little girls' ones. When she moved from France to Fayetteville, NY in August 2014, Claire opened her French boutique at The Shoppes at Limestone. After one year of this great adventure, she was ready to open her Cocli online store and move to Palm Beach County, Florida
Palm Beach SCORE
Palm Beach SCORE is a non-profit who's mission is helping local small businesses, startups and entrepreneurs grow and thrive by offering mentoring, workshops, business consulting and counseling services, networking opportunities, events and partnerships within the Palm Beach / South Florida business corridor.
SCORE-ing Your Business' host Penny Pompei serves as Chapter Chair for our local Palm Beach SCORE Chapter #224, located in beautiful downtown West Palm Beach.