Lorna Ketler of Bodacious Clothing in downtown Victoria shares her experiences as a business owner for over 20 years, talking about her motivation, passion, and advice for other business owners as part of our series for International Women's Day and Women's History Month 2020.

Twenty years of Bodacious business

My business, Bodacious Victoria, provides fun, funky, and quality fashions in sizes up to 3X.

It’s been my life’s passion to create an environment which is safe, fun and celebratory for women to shop for fashions that create and honour their own style.

illustration of Lorna, owner of Bodacious store for curve-friendly clothing in downtown Victoria

Lorna from Bodacious

Bodacious is celebrating 20 years of business this year – many of those years in Vancouver. We happily moved the business to Victoria three years ago as a family decision to be closer to my in-laws.


Helping women honour their style

I believe that all people and, in my situation, all women, deserve to have clothing choices in a variety of styles and sizes. Lack of choices or options in a range of sizes can limit how we feel about and in our bodies.

If they have a choice, they can create their own style and feel beautiful and strong in the world.

Bodacious storefront in downtown Victoria.


Words of wisdom for other business owners

Entrepreneurship is HARD! And fulfilling and rewarding and HARD! Surround yourself with a strong support team.

photo of Lorna from Bodacious sitting in a field with the words "Life is too short to wear boring clothes!"

Lorna is right! Life is too short to wear boring clothes!

Take time, no matter what, for self-care. Listen to your customers. Honour and respect your employees.

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