Santigold's new album, 99 Cents, was released today. The cover art is perfect.
Lately, I've been discovering little online shops that really speak to my love for textiles, colorful bits for the home, and fun patterns for the wardrobe — like all the items on Indego Africa.
I'm always looking for more. Do you know of any other online stores that I should check out?
On my way to AIGA Baltimore's Ink & Pixels Student Design Conference this weekend I passed by a store-front with two dress-forms adorned with brightly colored necklaces. Driving around Baltimore I find it rare to see really cool retail spaces so it totally caught my eye. I drove by quickly trying not to be late but made a mental note of the intersection so I could GPS my way back later. And later I did.
Coming from neighborhood browsing I made my way back to the Howard St. and West Monument intersection hoping that this place would be open and open to the public, because at a closer look it appeared to be a studio versus a boutique.
Upon entering the space I learned that this was a weekly pop-up shop created by Melise Johnson, the owner of OAK & ABBEY, which is a Baltimore-based fashion accessory retailer. Every Saturday Melise sets up shop at The Paper Supply Co. (a studio space owned by her photographer husband) selling colorfully unique accessories designed and made by women.
Meeting Melise, her husband, and beautiful children and chatting about the creative energy bubbling in Baltimore was reassurance that there are indeed stylish things happening in the Charm City. I haven't seen an abundance of boutiques and independent spaces in Bmore (although I'm sure they are there) so seeing this pop-up shop was such a breath of fresh air.
Melise has a good curatorial eye for pieces that are fun, rich with color (as you know I love), textures and materials. I purchased a pair of neon pink earrings that I've already worn three times since Saturday. I will definitely visit again to pick up some bangles or statement necklace.
If you live in the Baltimore area and love fun jewelry be sure to make your way over to Oak & Abbey's "The Saturday Social" every Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm.
The Paper Supply Co
700 N. Howard Street
10 am - 6 pm
Wake Up! is my favourite shop in Brussels. Packed with technicolor goodies, Afro/urban mash ups, funky designs by Nuo herself (Wake Up!'s owner, Noemie is also a designer), beautiful notebooks, cute jewelry and generally creative clothes I always find something I like. It is also a hub for Cut Up Collectif, a trio of two stylists and one make-up artist, who are always up to something cool whether it's creating album covers, parties or fashion shows. It is a vibrant splash of colour in this nice, grey city — a little sartorial oasis. Drop by and check it out!
Written and submitted by singer/songwriter Desta Hailé.
Fashion blogger Naseya Minor takes us to a fly boutique in Washington, D.C.
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I'm looking for your favorite independently owned spots in whatever city you're in; boutiques where you and your girls find the best accessories, fleamarkets you browse on the weekends, cafes with the best lattes and pastries, or hangouts with the most delicious happy hour margaritas. It can be any spot you think a fellow fly reader would like to check out. I wanna see and I wanna share with all Fly readers!
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Lately I've been on a vintage browsing (and thrifting) kick. I always love seeing what and how vintage lovers curate pieces for their shop. Like these fun items from Esther Woo Vintage. Those peppermint flats from Escada are too fun.
Do you have a favorite vintage shop, online or in your town, that you love to visit? Do share!
Here's a sweet peek into the lovely shop/studio space and latest collection of Betsy + Iya, a jewelry brand based out of Portland, Oregon. I'm loving how the super cute space is designed for work and display, and it's so warm and bright with all those windows.
I have a thing for boutique features and photos. I always love seeing how shop owners lay out their stores and create inspiring vignettes with clothes and accessories. So naturally I was drawn to this feature of Brooklyn boutique Harlow in Chains on NYMag.com. The photographer captured the essence of the store and definitely leaves me wanting to check it out on my own. I adore those little tops and romper from Chandi. See all the photos on NyMag.com. Also, click here to see Fly's boutique features.