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Vicky Morris-Malvini and sister-in-law, Lisa Morris, have a contemporary women's boutique in Willow Glen. Both Vicky and Lisa have roots in the community. The sister-in-laws opened their first Bella James in Willow Glen on March 4th, 2006.

The store sells casual clothing, with a few dressy items, as well as belts, handbags and jewelry. Some of the vendors that Bella James carries are Free People, Michael Stars, Hudson, Joe’s Jeans, True Religion, William Rast, Seven for all Mankind, Citizens of Humanity, Sanctuary, Laurie B, Testament, Big Buddha, Melie Bianco.

For Malvini and Morris the opening of Bella James is a dream realized. Both spent many years working in retail and fashion. In fact, the two women met while working at Nordstrom. Vicky is a first generation Greek-American who grew up in Willow Glen. Her father, James Morris, owned 3 retail stores in Santa Cruz County. Like her father, Vicky began working in retail at fourteen, eventually going to work at Nordstrom where she became a buyer. As a buyer for 8 years she traveled, selected merchandise and managed a budget. In 2003, Vicky and her cousin, Chris McClymont, started a t-shirt company, TiXi, which is also carried at Bella James. Lisa, also a successful Nordstrom buyer, won many awards for her buying talents, including “Buyer of the Year” which awarded her a trip to Europe.

When Vicky met Lisa in the late 1980’s. Lisa, who was also a Nordstrom buyer, moved to the Bay Area from Southern California. The two became friends and Vicky introduced Lisa to her brother, Ted. Lisa and Ted later married, making the women sister-in-laws.

Vicky’s husband, Mike Malvini, is the owner of Willow Glen’s Malvini Tile Company. After she had her 1st child, Vicky quit her job to focus on raising her family. When Lisa had her 1st son, she opted for a career as a job recruiter because she wanted a more stable work schedule. But fashion remained on the minds of both women.

The girls named the stores in honor of their family; Bella from the Malvini’s daughter, Isabella, and James after Morris’s son, Dimitri (a family name), which is Greek for James.

 



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