- Sept. 6, 2019
-- Local fashion designer and entrepreneur, Mrs. Taylor McMillan-Johnson, is the proud owner of a Rockwall women's boutique that is doing more than just selling fashion to her community. The business savvy fashionista is the owner of Hazel and Olive
, and strongly believes that every young lady, no matter her station in life, deserves a formal gown for the homecoming dance. For that reason, Taylor created a program that would allow her to create beautiful gowns to share with girls in need, at no cost to them.
The small independent company was established online in 2012 featuring Taylor's own designs. She named her fledgling company after her great grandmother Hazel Olive, the woman who instilled the passion for sewing and fashion, from the very beginning. The storefront of Hazel and Olive
opened its doors to the public in 2014, and the boutique has since expanded to include other designers as well. Hazel and Olive
is located at 306 Washington St. in the heart of Rockwall, Texas.
The creative mastermind behind the label of Hazel and Olive
soon realized that with success, comes community responsibility. In 2016 she decided that she could best serve the young ladies of her community by utilizing her skills and talents by offering them free formals during the fall homecoming season, and thus, her charitable program was established. The dress program has expanded to include other labels as well. Since its inception, the program has been wildly received, which has allowed her community give-back program to expand to include Winter Coat-Give Aways. as well as the Spring Prom Formal Give Away.
Mrs. McMillan-Johnson is a woman of endless energy and ambition. She has found that fine balance in running a successful business while maintaining an active family life. Along with her husband Parker, they are raising 3 children, Raliegh, Malachi, and Piper. There are also some fur-babies in the mix, named Hazel and Oliver.
Today marks the launch of Taylor's Annual Community Fall Formal Give Away for young ladies in financial crisis, which will run through October 1st
. The program is positioned to provide homecoming apparel to young girls who might otherwise not have the option to purchase something suitable to wear for the event. You can find more information by visiting the website at https://www.hazelandolive.com/