Palisade grad makes it big in fashion after ‘Bride’ tank top airs on ‘Bachelorette’
By EMILY ANDERSON
“Bachelorette” star Trista Sutter wore a little piece of Grand Junction on the day of her wedding rehearsal.
During the rehearsal, which aired on television in 2003, Sutter wore a pink tank top that read “Bride.” The top came from Girl ExtraOrdinaire, a wholesale bridal and special occasion T-shirt and tank top company started by Colorado natives Courtney Noelle and Tiffany Bressan-Corbett.
Noelle is a 1997 Palisade High School graduate who met Corbett, who is from Colorado Springs, while the two attended Colorado State University’s apparel production and design program.
Sutter’s apparel choice helped the Girl ExtraOrdinaire brand take off and the company now nets more than $1 million in sales each year. Now Noelle, who lives in Huntington Beach, Calif., and Corbett, who lives in Laguna Beach, are looking to expand their business.
“We are launching potentially a cartoon and possibly a book or movie series about a Sweet Pea the Bumblebee,” Noelle said. The pair contributed to a book of the same title last September. The book features pictures of Corbett’s French bulldog in a bee costume and focuses on how to “bee extraordinary.”
Noelle, 30, and Corbett, 32, each moved to California after finishing college. Bridal T-shirts and tanks were “unheard of” when they started Girl ExtraOrdinaire, Corbett said. And that was the idea.
“We wanted to push through an industry that was really untouched and unknown,” she said.
The line grew to include tops for birthday girls, expectant mothers and others. The shirts are available from retailers, including David’s Bridal, and online stores listed on the company Web site, http://www.girlextraordinaire.com.
The fashionable pair graced the pages of June’s issue of OC METRO magazine, where they were featured along with other successful California businesswomen in the article “What a million looks like,” the magazine’s cover story that month.
Both women said they’re proud to be from Colorado, where their dreams began. Noelle traced her passion for fashion straight to the Palisade High art room, where she received encouragement when her art teacher, Lori Raper, gave her fashion-related assignments.
“She really gave me a big hand in helping me go toward fashion design,” Noelle said.