Katherine Walker Buxton ’92 Opens Fashions Boutique Gretta Sloane’s Dress Shop

by Paula Burkes
Published: Sun, April 12, 2020 5:00 AM
The Oklahoman

Highlights: Buxton’s dream had always been to own a fashion boutique, a dream she finally realized in July 2015 when she bought Gretta Sloane in Nichols Hills Plaza from a friend. Buxton formerly worked as an executive for Old Navy, Lilly Pulitzer, Robert Redd, MARKA and S. Design.

Fashion, in a sense, is what launched her education and ensuing adventures. She decided she “had to go to boarding school” after reading about fashion at boarding schools in Seventeen magazine.

After graduating from Deerfield Academy in Massachusetts, Buxton earned a finance degree at Georgetown and an MBA at Stanford University, but “always wanted to do something creative with fashion and business mixed together.” She most recently worked in planning and distribution for Old Navy.

Gretta Sloan brings the best designers from across the globe to the heart of Oklahoma City— including Veronica Beard, IRO, Nili Lotan, Ulla Johnson, Xirena, Mother Denim, Brochu Walker and Jerome Dreyfuss.

“Our ideal target customer is a 30- to 60-year-old woman who’s confident in dressing as herself, willing to take risks with fashion, and excited about new designers and wants to push the envelope,” Buxton said.

Community involvement: Serves on the boards of the Infant Crisis Center (past board chair) and Casady School. “Community involvement is a must for me. I have to be involved in my community to feel like a whole person and doing something good in the world.”

Advice for young women: “If you’re truly passionate about something, garner your resources — your education, innate abilities or community — to figure out how to make your passions a reality. I may own Gretta Sloane, but I’ve had plenty of help from others. You’re going to need help along the way.”

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