reFresh Boutique is bedecked for fall and that means the beautiful jewel tones, rich umbers and reds are painting the racks of sweaters, dresses, skirts, jackets and more.
This lovely dress below is a classic example of why you simply must try on an outfit to know its true worth. This is a 3.1 Phillip Lim designer dress (Size 6, $195). On the hanger it looks like a sack, but it comes to life on our beautiful model. Take it casual or dress it up. You could put a belt with it, but I wouldn’t. It has a way of accentuating the curves of a woman’s body that needs no assistance.
About the Model
Leicie (prounouced lacey) Piscitelli is a sweetheart who loves fashion and hopes to make it her career. She is the most beautiful kind of beauty in that she has no clue at all that she is indeed beautiful. She is kind, soft spoken and a real treasure to work with. Thank you, Leicie.
This Alpaca-fur-trimmed suede coat by Marvin Richards is a true beauty. The fur is as soft as…well…fur. The suede is in impeccable condition.This is a piece you can treasure for years to come.
I have to say, there is simply nothing like the feel of Angora next your skin to warm you up on a cold day. Wrap yourself in luxury with this lovely piece by Venesha.
About two hours of filming and interviewing not only me, but customers as well, results in a well done piece by Mark Miller. He is absolutely right, the reason I wanted the boutique is that I love the interaction with my customers. And, I always will.
The original article that engendered the news segment is available here.
I’ve been waiting ever so impatiently for this day to come. It’s fall! I promise, no pictures of turkeys today. (That will come later.) What I will tell you, is the boutique is utterly decked out for fall. With over 200 sweaters; beautiful coats, furs and leathers; over 100 scarves, more than 130 jackets and hundreds of tops and dresses; you can deck yourself in as much fall style as the trees bedeck themselves in bright, bold leaves.
Wrap yourself in cashmere, buttery leathers. Cocoon yourself in silk. This is the time of year to pamper yourself, and put on your best display for the parties, auctions and events that mark this and the season to come. And at reFresh you can do it without pillaging the household budget.
I occasionally hear someone say, “I don’t care about labels.” There are many reasons to rethink that philosophy. The difference between a $6 low-end brand blouse and a $75 designer label blouse are like night and day. Of course, I realize that many people can’t afford or even desire a blouse that originally costs more than $500., but others can and do. There is, however, a wide range of offerings in between that meet most budgets.
“Fashion is the armor to survive the reality of everyday life.” —Bill Cunningham
Fabrics used in low-end clothing lines are of a looser weave and lower quality than those found in upscale labels. This means that the lower-end item will give you much less wear for your dollar. As well, there is a difference in the “feel” of the fabric. Have you ever felt cotton that you would have sworn was silk? This is the quality you’ll find in the designer labels. The fabric will feel good next to your skin and has a sheen about it. It is less inclined to pill with washing. Dyes are of a higher quality in high-end labels, which means that dark colors stay dark far longer than in their cheaper cousins. You are also less likely to find natural fibers on low-end clothing, and when you do, they are generally on the lower-quality spectrum — again affecting the long-term wearabily of the item. For example, high-end labels use wools sourced from reputable dealers, whereas low-quality wools are often repurposed from old wool fibers, creating an inferior wool product.
There is a difference in the fit of the garments as high-end products use more complex patterns to ensure a nice fit to the body. Simpler patterns result in lower production costs, but at the cost of a good fit.
“I like my money right where I can see it…hanging in my closet.” —Carrie Bradshaw
So what labels live at reFresh?
Why do I care about the labels that we carry? Quality becomes even more important in the resale environment. If a garment is of low quality to begin with and has seen several to many washings, then it has little left to offer its next owner. It is important to me that clients get good value for their dollar. Value, or a good deal, is not necessarily defined as a cheap price. Rather value is better defined as the remaining useful life of the garment or the opportunity to own a designer piece at a price that may have been otherwise out of reach.
“Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak.” —Rachel Zoe
We’ve made every effort to do away with low-end labels, although the occasional one can be found lurking in a dark corner. What you will find is Coldwater Creek, Chico’s, Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, BCBG Max Azria, BCBG Paris, Cabi, Classiques Entier, Liz Claiborne and more of this ilk. In addition, you will find designer labels such as: Kate Spade, Escada, Joanna Chen, Diane vonFurstenberg, Elie Tahari, Philip Lim, Michael Kors, Coach, Dooney & Bourke and many more. We also have vintage furs and fine leather. Items are in like-new condition and are carefully curated, and cleaned.
They descended in hordes. Before I could respond and within the blink of an eye they absconded with my jewels, handbags and clothes! Zombie fashionistas? Surely the Apocalypse had arrived and I didn’t get the memo.
Or, maybe it was just the production crew from SyFy’s hit show, Z-Nation. Either way, destruction and desolation lay in their wake. Well, that might be a wee bit of an exaggeration. In fact, the production crew has been exceedingly kind and careful with the boutique’s merchandise. They are taking great pains to ensure that everything is put right back where it was found. I have every confidence that they will return reFresh Boutique back to the condition in which they found it, if not better.
Z-Nation will be filming both exterior and interior scenes in the store, Wednesday, September 7th, during which time we will be closed. We will reopen Friday, September 9th.
While I can’t discuss any particulars about the script, I can tell you the show will air December 2nd. Z-Nation’s third season kicks off with a two-hour episode airing September 16th at 8 p.m. (7 p.m. central).
This has been a great opportunity for the boutique. In addition to the increased publicity, it has given me the resources to finish painting the interior, hang additional wall racks and get rid of the dreadful huge rolling racks that, to me at least, screamed THRIFT SHOP! I can’t wait to show you pictures of the finished interior. Better yet, come by this Friday when we reopen. I think the post post apocalypse will find the boutique much improved.
I have been a writer for many years. I have a published novel, a Celtic fantasy titled The Singing Dagger. I have many articles published in online magazines. I’ve written about fibromyalgia for the Monroe Monitor and now an article on shoplifting for the Herald Business Journal, published this September 1st.
Here’s the link to the article if you are interested.