Founder of “Charming Charlie” Cares

Lisa Layton

The abbreviation for cholangiocarcinoma, a rare form of liver cancer is “CC” however, one “CC” patient in Oregon prefers to think of it as “Charming Charlie.”

Lisa Layton has a diagnosis of stage IV intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma. She was first introduced to the brand “Charming Charlie” while a patient at Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland, Oregon. While undergoing treatment in the oncology unit, Lisa received a darling “Charming Charlie” hat with an adorable pom-pom. She proudly wore the donated hat and garnered many compliments. Lisa then visited her local “Charming Charlie” store in Happy Valley, Oregon and her life has never been the same.

As she approached the store, Lisa observed the beautiful bright pink doors with two gleaming gold “CC” door handles. She thought about her diagnosis of “CC” and wondered if this was a way she could reframe her thoughts from an ugly word like cancer to “Charming Charlie” instead? She says “The stores are filled with colorful clothing, beautiful jewelry, amazing accessories, delightful employees and enthusiastic shoppers.” Lisa’s seven year old daughter Elizabeth said when she first walked into the beautiful store “You can go crazy in a place like this!”

Lisa, a speech-language pathologist by profession and mother of two young girls put herself on a self-prescribed physical therapy/retail therapy program. She considers it a victory when she drives to the “Charming Charlie” store and spends time talking, laughing, and accessorizing. Every day without fail she puts on her “CC” jewels, clothing, and accessories. It makes her feel good. And, she enjoys giving fellow patients purses, jewels, and clothes from the store.

“Charming Charlie” CEO, Charlie Chanaratsopon founded the accessories store in 2004 and has expanded to over 350 global retail stores. Charlie Chanaratsopon’s family is originally from Thailand, the country with the highest incidence of cholangiocarcinoma worldwide. Lisa reached out to Mr. Chanaratsopon and told him she was his “#1 Charming Charlie Fan”. In August 2016, he invited her to come to the “Charming Charlie” Headquarters in Houston while she was undergoing treatment at MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Charlie Chanaratsopon and Lisa

Lisa and her husband were able to tour the “Charming Charlie” headquarters, meet the entire staff and spend time with Charlie who she considers a “rock star.” Lisa gave him a Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation bracelet and Charlie immediately put it on which was a very touching gesture. Lisa also revealed that the “very charming” Charlie Chanaratsopon gave her a large array of “Charming Charlie” gifts in green, which also happens to be the color designated for liver cancer.

To meet Lisa and help raise much-needed funds for the Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation, visit the “Charming Charlie” store in Happy Valley, OR on Saturday, September 17, 2016 from 6:00 to 9:00pm at:

Clackamas Town Center
12000 SE 82nd Avenue
Happy Valley, OR 97086
(503) 659-2608
To find a store near you or order online at

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Thai-American entrepreneur and investor

Charlie Chanaratsopon

Charlie Chanaratsopon is a Thai-American entrepreneur and investor. He is most notable for founding Charming Charlie, the colorful 290 national chain of stores that sells women’s jewelry and accessories.

With the launch of Charming Charlie, Chanaratsopon created an innovative concept that brought high-style and unrivaled value to the women’s jewelry and accessory categories. Combined with a unique product and merchandising strategy that is centered on a broad assortment of color, Charlie Chanaratsopon created an entirely new and fun shopping experience that did not go unnoticed.

Charlie Chanaratsopon

In 2010, he was honored with Ernest & Young’s “Entrepreneur of the Year” award in the Retail category and in 2015, Forbes named him “America’s 40 Most Successful Young Entrepreneurs.”

Chanaratsopon is also the co-founding partner of Quantor Capital, a multi-family office focused on private investments and investment advisory. The co-founder/managing partner of CJS group, a real estate investment company, and a venture partner at Torch capital, a consumer-focused venture capital fund.

Charlie Chanaratsopon has a BA from Loyola Marymount University and an MBA from Columbia Business School. He is also an active member of YPO (Young Presidents Organization).

Award-winning Retailer Teams-up with the Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation to Support Research

Charming Charlie

Charming Charlie, a women’s fashion and accessories retailer with more than 370 locations worldwide supports non-profit organizations through their in-store fundraising events. During ‘Charming Charlie Cares’ events, ten percent of all purchases are donated to the hosting charity.

On September 17th, the Charming Charlie store in Happy Valley, Oregon at Clackamas Town Center held an event to raise awareness and much-needed funds for the Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation. The event was hosted by Lisa Layton who describes herself as the #1 Charming Charlie Fan. She is a parent, a speech-language pathologist and patient living with a diagnosis of stage IV cholangiocarcinoma, a rare form of liver and bile duct cancer.

Lisa shared that a highlight of the evening was meeting a young woman who lost her dad to cholangiocarcinoma several years ago. The attendee was delighted to come to one of her favorite stores and shop for a cause close to her heart. Another touching moment was when two siblings presented Lisa with two pairs of earrings from their own allowance. The little boy said “I just love shopping for jewelry.” Lisa felt “Certainly Charlie Chanaratsopon, founder and CEO would approve!”

The enthusiastic, friendly and caring associates at the Charming Charlie store in Clackamas helped to ensure that a good time was had by all. The manager of Charming Charlie at Clackamas Town Center, Merel Teuwan shared “At Charming Charlie every day is a special occasion. We care about our customers and want to find just the right items so they are delighted with their experience.” One customer remarked “What a perfect place to shop! I’m in love!” Another attendee exclaimed “This is the best place to have a charity event.”

Charming Charlie
Charming Charlie

Lisa recently had the opportunity to visit the Charming Charlie headquarters in Houston, TX while she was at MD Anderson Cancer Center for treatment. “The story of Mr. Chanaratsopon and his family originally from Thailand is inspirational. There “really is a Charlie and he is very charming!”

Lisa now looks forward to helping shoppers discover Charming Charlie and hopes to inspire others to host an in-store event. For more information about hosting a ‘Charming Charlie Cares’ event, contact

Charming Charlie will be teaming-up again to host an event in conjunction with the fourth Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation Annual Conference:

Charming Charlie Cares Event
Saturday, February 4, 2017 at 10:00am
56 S. Rio Grande St.
Salt Lake City, UT 84101

About the Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation (CCF)

Founded in 2006, the Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation (CCF) is a global 501(c) (3) non-profit organization whose mission is to find a cure and improve the quality of life for those affected by bile duct cancer.

As a rare and lethal disease, cholangiocarcinoma lacks attention and sufficient resources. There is a vast, unmet need for education about cholangiocarcinoma across the entire disease spectrum – from bench to bedside. For that reason, the Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation continues its efforts to raise awareness of all stakeholders in the cholangiocarcinoma community through advocacy, education, collaboration and research. More information is available at

About Cholangiocarcinoma

Cholangiocarcinoma is a “silent” form of cancer that originates from the cells lining the bile ducts. It is classified as a heterogeneous group of three anatomically distinct cancers grouped according to the location from which they arise: within the bile ducts (intrahepatic), outside the bile ducts (extrahepatic), and in between where the bile ducts exit the liver (perihilar).

The incidence and mortality of cholangiocarcinoma in North America and Europe has increased dramatically in the past few decades. In the U.S., there are now approximately 6,000 new cases diagnosed each year. Rates are highest among Hispanics and Asians, and men appear to have a slightly greater mortality from the disease than women. The highest incidence rates are observed in Eastern and South-Eastern Asia, with a peak registered in Thailand (33.4 per 100,000 in men, and 12.3 per 100,000 in women).

Because patients commonly present with symptoms that mimic those of other ailments, and there is no validated method of early detection, the majority of patients are diagnosed when the cancer is far too advanced to be removed by surgery. In these cases, chemotherapy and radiation therapy are the mainstay of treatment. The dismal 5-year survival rate for intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma is estimated at 2-15%.

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Charming Charlie Keeps Chasing Zara Playbook With First NYC Store

Charming Charlie Keeps Chasing Zara Playbook With First NYC Store

Charming Charlie’s first NYC store took six months to build and more than a year and a half to plan, anathema to a chain that has been opening a new location nearly every week the last few years. Founder, CEO, and namesake Charlie Chanaratsopon tells Forbes the delay is acceptable in this case. In fact, selling merchandise isn’t the store’s primary objective.

“We don’t open stores to lose money, so we think we can be profitable here. But it’s bigger than that. One of our objectives is building a brand larger than a business, and New York is the epicenter of that,” Chanaratsopon says.

The 37-year-old Chanaratsopon started the company in 2004 as a side business to fill his Houston shopping mall development projects. But the business outgrew his real estate plans, as cheap prices on watches, necklaces, scarves, and handbags–displayed throughout the store by color rather than type–powered the chain to nearly $500 million in sales last year.