Apparel entrepreneur builds network of portable boutiques

Lynn Zachos transformed her made-in-the-U.S.A. Ava Gray New York apparel line from a wholesale model seeking retailers into Ava Gray Direct, a direct-sales company with a network of women entrepreneurs who show off portable boutiques at gatherings similar to Tupperware parties. "It's not the typical old-fashioned party like Tupperware because we don't drag it out. We have games, but we always forget to play them because women come and they just want to try on the clothes," she said.

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