Susan and Hope Roussilhes are a mother-daughter team of fashion lovers. After college in the early 80’s, Susan (mother) started her career in retailing as an accessories manager at Macy’s, and went on to work in suburban Philadelphia at Saks Fifth Avenue in the accessories department. After meeting her future husband Philippe, the love of her life, she moved to Paris where he was born and raised. After several years, they moved back to the U.S., and she had to put her fashion dreams on hold to be a stay at home mother for their two daughters, Ali and Hope. Susan shared her love of fashion with Hope who always loved fashion. While she attended college, Hope became involved in Teen Vogue Fashion University and Susan and Hope began attending NYFW, and decided they would eventually open their own store together.
At a runway show during New York Fashion Week, Hope met the incredible Erika Bearman, better known as Oscar PR Girl, the SVP of Global Communications at Oscar de la Renta. Hope joined the finance team as an intern for several months. Erika then invited Hope to join the PR team as an intern. There she learned an amazing amount of fashion knowledge.
Throughout her internship, Hope worked as a display intern at Anthropologie and then in sales at her favorite NY store Henri Bendel, which established a local store in her neighborhood. The family, wanting to be closer to Ali, who moved to Boston, decided to pursue their dream of opening their store. Susan and Hope found a charming, storefront on the lovely Newbury Street.
Max & Riley is a labor of love. Many people ask where the name came from. Max was the first pet for Ali and Hope as little girls. Max was a Maltese and was the most wonderful dog. He loved to snuggle with everyone he met. Max passed away and it took the family 2 years before they could overcome their heartbreak.
But then came Riley, the most amazing Malti-poo. He loved to be in front of any window to survey the neighborhood. He was the most loving, protective, and beautiful little guy. When he died, the entire family was devastated. Again, it took a year to think about another pet. They found Scarlet at a local SPCA and she’s been a part of the family ever since. They are all animal lovers and HSUS members, which will reflect in the designers and clothes they have chosen in their store (fur-free).
Please visit Max & Riley in Boston on Newbury Street. Come in and talk to Susan and Hope about your love of fashion.