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Since childhood, creativity has run in Nicoline’s blood and found expression through various forms - from making and designing her own clothes at the age of 14 to styling hair and setting trends - she has never been one to conform to the norm. However, when it was time to make her subject choices in grade 10, the professor who assessed her aptitude tests informed her that she had absolutely no artistic talent and should therefore definitely not pursue a career in an artistic field. Rather she was better suited to a career in the financial field.
As such she went on to graduate from Law at the University of Johannesburg and was then appointed as a financial advisor for Old Mutual.

At the age of 21, Nicoline married her high school sweetheart who stole her heart at the tender age of 14! They have now been happily married for 20 years and wouldn’t have it any other way!
Her husband, Mike, is involved in construction. After some time, she decided to leave Old Mutual in order to drive the marketing of her husband’s business- Quebec Trading- as well as to assist in administrative processes. After 10 years of marriage, Mike and Nicoline decided to start a family and they were blessed with a perfect little girl. It was here that Nicoline rediscovered how much fun it was to dress up little girls and immediately her passion for design was reignited.
When a friend of hers asked her to join her in a venture of manufacturing ladies and girls clothing, she couldn’t contain her excitement! They started off with a bang designing beautiful girly outfits.
As Murphy would have it, Mike’s business expanded dramatically at the same time and Nicoline had to put her girls clothing line on hold. Her friend however, continued with the clothing range. In 2015, her friend’s husband was appointed a job requiring relocation and she offered Nicoline the opportunity to purchase Trés Jolie from her. Finally, she could explore her creative abilities and she has not looked back since.
Trés Jolie was immediately relocated to the new premises and has since grown from strength to strength! They were featured in the Kulula magazine in September 2015. In April this year they had the privilege to grace the pages of the “Woman and Home” magazine as one of their chosen exclusive ladies boutiques and currently, they are exploring the possibility of a make-over program on Kyk Net!
Trés Jolie supplies 3 bespoke boutiques and Nicoline and her staff work day and night to ensure they meet all deadlines for the flood of orders they are currently taking in.
What makes their brand so unique is the exclusive range of fabrics they have negotiated with wholesale suppliers. This means that no other fashion label has access to these fabulous prints. Furthermore, their range is specifically in stretch and knit fabrics which allow for flexibility whilst maintaining style and class.
Each item is designed in a way that sets you apart. Their designs range from everyday wear as well as formal items, suitable for the work place and even special occasions! Their stunning and flattering outfits will transform your work and social life from shabby to fabulously chic.
Women today simply do not have the time to browse through shops to create the perfect look, which is why Nicoline and her team have created a unique shopping experience for each customer. This includes a personal stylist to help you put together your entire look. Their clothing lines are magnificently complimented by accessories available at their store. Being classy and comfortable, it is both a relaxing and enthralling experience that ensures you feel spoiled and valued as the exquisite woman you are!
Nicoline derives the greatest pleasure in seeing a lady look and feel gorgeous, knowing she had contributed to her beautiful look. If a lady feels fabulous, she will indeed look fabulous!
Rachel Zoe said: “Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak”, so come to Trés Jolie and let our outfits speak for you!

Tel: 011 432-6598
Nicoline 083 415 8723 • Mariaan 063 247 8171

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