#10 Claire Chambers


Age: 28
Location: New York, NY
2007 Revenue: N/A ($1.7 million projected for 2008)
Employees: 7
Year founded: 2007
Website: www.journelle.com

A lingerie connoisseur, Chambers grew frustrated with the lack of variety at most department stores, even in fashion-savvy Manhattan. Backed by an economics degree and industry experience as a consultant, she launched Journelle in late 2007 in the heart of the city with $2 million in start-up capital from an angel investor and friends. Offering personal attention to customers and high-end brands like Elle McPherson Intimates and Mimi Holliday, Chambers is quickly making a name for herself and her store as the anti-Victoria's Secret.

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