(From the Mag brings you excerpts and continued conversations from DPJ Magazine, a bi-monthly print publication distributed throughout Greater Downtown Phoenix and beyond. The Nov/Dec edition hits the streets 11/11/11.)
BUNKY AND MISTY DRESS DOWNTOWN
The economic clinch is still lingering. Business owners in the orbit of retail have to shine brighter than ever by constantly reinventing themselves, and yet, at the same time, stay true to the roots of their brand to maintain a comprehensible consumer image. In addition, those dealing in fashion have to answer to the never-satisfied beast of ‘trend’ — in today, out tomorrow. Two Phoenix stores that are privately owned and flourishing are Bunky Boutique and Vintage By Misty.
Bunky Boutique is a hip and happening store owned by Rachel Malloy. Bunky, which has been open for four years, carries contemporary brands that are unique and approachable in design and price. The explosion of glamour on Central Avenue, otherwise known as Vintage By Misty, is a mishmash of Missoni and other vintage gems that is owned by Misty Guerriero. The store targets those looking to purchase a serious vintage treasure — not those looking to buy on the cheap. It’s worth every penny. I sat down with Misty and Rachel, two owners of very different stores that have found their ‘niche’ and are thriving because of it.
What fall/spring fashion trends do you anticipate will be popular among your Valley customers?
Valley customers are in luck, because this fall fashion trends have a definite Southwest influence. Even with our mild winters, we can sport faux fur vests or scarves, and the beautiful and rich fall colors work perfectly with our desert backdrop.
Holidays will bring romantic looks – sleek lines with elegant and girly details. Lots of lace and sheer fabrics!
Bunky Boutique | 1437 N. 1st St., Phoenix AZ, 85004 | 602-252-1323 | bunkyboutique.com
The trends I see this fall are sparkles, and when I say sparkles, I mean anything from a chic pair of earrings/rings with sparkle to lightweight jackets, skirts, shoes and handbags.
I also believe anything sheer will be a huge look. It’s sexy … especially in the desert.
Tees are another big one, but not just your plain old tee – ones that have character, with embellishments, prints and texture.
Vintage By Misty | 818 N Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85004 | 480-522-6875 | Facebook
Read the rest of the interview with Rachel and Misty in the Nov/Dec edition of DPJ Magazine.
It’s all about buying from local businesses, farm-to-table, local credit unions, etc. It’s been happening. Old news. But this “buy local, think global” ideology seems to have stopped at our closet doors in Arizona.
Joy Li, a Scottsdale-based fashion designer is making bigger strides to source her work in the Valley of the Sun. Previously, Joy has worked with factories in New York and Los Angeles to manufacture her clothes – two cities with strong garment industries.
Joy’s decision to have her clothes made in Arizona, is not a cheap one, but she’s creating jobs. It would be much easier and cost-effective to have clothes made in China.
Alas, Joy takes the high road. Joy’s price point is on the higher side, but her consumer is not complaining. Joy Li gives us relevant, interesting and ravishing clothes – thoughtful design that starts from sketches and ends with seams.
Joy gave me a preview of her Fall/Winter collection. As usual, she did not disappoint. Tantalizing hues of burgundy, mustard, deep blues and her signature deposit of black and grey were also added to the collection.
Joy’s well-rendered and functional clothes are must-own for modern ladies who appreciate shape and sleek style. Joy has created a line that could be taken apart, but each garment can hold its own.
Standout items included her “Victoria” dress, an above-the-knee length dress made from a silk/cotton/stretch with divine body-defining darts and details that were on the back and carried to the neckline.
In the same fabric, but in red, Joy has perfected the fall equestrian pant in this collection. And the hands down highlight of the line is her outerwear, which includes massive colors, horizontal zippers and a plethora of detailing on each article.
Joy is showing this stellar collection tonight, you’ll find her invite to the right. Yes, it’s in Scottsdale, but I highly suggest a purchase from Joy’s F/W collection. This local designer can make all Phoenicians proud.
Check out the happenings at two local shops in Uptown’s Medlock Plaza.
Have a sweet tooth? Urging to show off your inner child?
Children of all ages can rejoice: Smeeks, the local candy shop, is hosting a costume contest.
The winner receives a gift certificate to the adorable sweet shop and all contestants will receive a treat just for entering. Halloween is around the corner, so hurry in to get your hands on this adorable deal.
When: Friday, October 28 through Monday, October 31
Hours: Sun 12:00 to 5:00 p.m.; Mon-Sat 10:00 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Contact: (602) 279-0538
Trunk Shows at Frances
Vintage is emerging as one of the favorite new trends this autum. And as fall carries on here in Arizona, a good place to visit would be Frances, a local vintage hotspot.
The shop is featuring several jewelry designers such as Andrea Bapst, Becky Lake, and Pam Harris. Several of their works will be in display this and next Saturday, including handmade spoon jewelry and leather pieces, sophisticated beadwork, and gemmed jewelry.
When: Saturdays: October 29 and November 5
Hours: Sun 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Mon-Sat 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Contact: (602) 279-5467
Vintage Fashion Inc has been a staple in downtown Phoenix for years.
David Sheflin’s meticulous eye and edit for exquisite vintage clothing has made Sheflin a fashionable-force around the country. David began his ‘etail’ (internet retail) presence on the super exclusive site, 1stdibs.com, which only allows particular retailers to sell.
David’s online store has rocketed, and he’s decided to make his brand more exclusive by having a private appointment only showroom in Phoenix for stylist, socialites and other champions of class. For the rest, there is his 1stdibs store, a plethora of divine decadence.
David’s modern and refined articles are wonderful. Sheflin only carries mint condition items, you’ll find no moth holes here. We’ve picked our favorite items from Vintage Fashion Inc’s 1stdibs store.
Downtowners rejoiced when news broke that Angels Trumpet Ale House would bring craft beer downtown. When the ale house opens early in 2012 near Roosevelt Row it will be helping to fill in some of the missing gaps in our urban fabric. So what else does downtown still need? What other pieces of the urban puzzle are missing? This list is by no means exhaustive; these ideas are just a few of the possibilities that would continue to make downtown more vibrant and enjoyable.
1) A downtown bookstore
Contrary to popular belief, bookstores are not going extinct. Borders Books closed because it was a big-box chain unable to compete. Overpriced merchandise and huge overhead costs didn’t help. Mom and pop bookstores remain a community asset, a gathering place to discuss ideas, meet authors, participate in workshops, and chat with booksellers/neighbors/friends about the books you’ve read. Could the Downtown Phoenix community sustain and benefit from such a business? Absolutely.
2) A downtown dessert restaurant
If you’re like most Phoenicians you’ve probably been to San Diego at least once this year and chances are you’ve been to Extraordinary Desserts. But where can Phoenicians go for the same quality and selection of tasty treats? Our own Tammie Coe Cakes bakes some sweet pastries and other goodies, but the Roosevelt location has only a small café with limited seating while the Arcadia location has none. Downtown needs a dessert restaurant, they make for a fine first date, or any reason really. Who doesn’t like dessert?
3) A downtown dog park
Yup, we still need one. The city formed an 80+ member Ad Hoc Dog Park Committee earlier this year. (Honestly, what other committee has that many members?) The Dog Park Committee made a recommendation for a downtown location that was ignored. Instead, the downtown dog park will be in Hance Park, a location the nearby neighbors objected to, which still leaves the downtown residents who are south of Hance Park without any off-leash green space for their four-legged companions.
4) A downtown vegetarian restaurant
Don’t let the word “vegetarian” send you running for a T-bone steak. Green New American Vegetarian in Tempe prepares food with lots of fresh vegetables and organic ingredients to create pizzas, salads, sandwiches, and noodle bowls all of which can be enjoyed by non-vegetarians.
5) A Whiskey Bar
There is no shortage of fantastic bars downtown with the word “bar” in the name, Rum Bar, Bar Smith, Side Bar, FilmBar, Bliss/reBar, but we are lacking a bar dedicated to one of the West’s most beloved spirits- a whiskey bar. Denver, Colorado has one. And while we’re at it, why not a dedicated tequila bar for the West’s other favorite spirit! Word on the street is the Rasputin Vodka Bar is still slated for CityScape. At least we are on the right track.