From selling bras door-to-door to creating Fashion Foundations, Kelowna’s downtown hot spot for bras, bustiers and bodices, Margaret Follmer Wort, aka the bra lady, has seen it all in the world of lingerie.
A true Kelowna woman, Margaret was born in 1930 in a bunkhouse run by her Hungarian-Rumanian immigrant parents on St. Paul Street. She attended Dehart Primary School, Central Elementary, Kelowna Junior High. After high school Margaret attended Hebert’s Business College and landed a job as an office assistant. A few years later, fate intervened, and Margaret followed her older sister and sister’s engineer boss to Victoria. There at an afternoon tea dance, she fell in love with Don Wort, a young sailor stationed at Esquimalt. “There were lots of sailors to choose from,” she says with a laugh. “I brought him home to wo