Wendy Foster was first opened in 1977 by Wendy Foster and Pierre Lafond. The stores reflect Wendy's broad tastes from the very elegant Wendy Foster in Montecito Village to the younger and more hip Angel on Coast Village Road. The State Street Store combines elements of both Wendy Foster and the more casual Sportswear.
The buyers, Kelley Hatchett, Robin Deinhard and Jenna Palmer, have worked in the stores for many years. All started in other positions. Either as display merchandisers, assistant buyers or salespersons before becoming buyers.
Robin Deinhard is third generation Lafond/Foster. Her mother, Lise Anne, Pierre's daughter, worked in the stores and office for many years and still does.
Robin began working while in high school for our Upstairs store and before becoming buyer for Angel was manager at Wendy Foster State Street working under Jenna Palmer. Robin accompanied Wendy on buying trips to Paris and New York before becoming buyer.
Emily Rosendahl moved to Santa Barbara ten years ago and has worked for wholesale clothing companies Patagonia and Stewart Brown. She managed the Upstairs for four years worked alongside Shelley Koury. Recently, Emily transitioned to manage Wendy Foster and Sportswear.
Emily traveled with Shelley to New York and Los Angeles to assist in buying for the Upstairs and it's nine departments including, home interiors, table top, and men's, women's and children's clothing.
Kelly Hatchett went from Wendy's assistant to manager of Wendy Foster and Sportswear, and from there to buyer for Sportswear. Kelly is from Santa Barbara, went to school here and later attended the San Francisco Fashion and Design Institute.
Before leaving for San Francisco and school, Kelly worked in Sportswear and on returning to Santa Barbara began working with Wendy as a buyer for Wendy Foster.
Jenna Palmer, born and raised in the Santa Barbara area, has been working with us for over six years. She started at age nineteen, first as an assistant salesperson in Sportswear, then as a salesperson with experience in both Sportswear and Wendy Foster.
Her most recent work has been with Shelley Koury in our Upstairs store serving in many capacities as well as accompanying Shelley on her buying trips to New York and Los Angeles.
Wendy, although born in New York, went to school in Santa Barbara. After graduating she travelled and worked for many years in the US, Mexico, Europe and Israel. On returning to Santa Barbara she opened a graphic studio with her partner Bill Horton. In 1977 she began a new career in fashion.