I try not to get my hopes up when I hear about possible store openings in Boston. I’m still waiting for that rumored TopShop Boston location. So when I heard the news (delivered in a sly whisper at the winter Spirited Magazine party) that Davis Square vintage haven Artifaktori had their eyes on a second location right in my neighborhood, I wasn’t expecting much to come of it.
Here we are, less than six months later and days away from the big reveal. This Thursday, May 19, Artifaktori owner Amy Berkowitz will open her second location at 121 Charles Street in Beacon Hill.
The new shop will carry the same carefully curated selection of original and refashioned vintage clothing, accessories and bric-a-brac that the Somerville location is known for, as well as rare vintage pieces from Berkowitz’s show collection. It will also feature an expanded selection of vintage-inspired, socially conscious goods from independent designers – including pin-up style swimsuits and dresses, hand-made leather shoes, straw bags and totes woven in Africa and Indian parasols and patchwork bags.
Over the weekend I was lucky enough to get a sneak peek:
[Racks are stocked with a beautiful selection of patterns, textures and colors.]
[A few favorites. The dress on the right is absolutely stunning - a cheery yellow rose print with the most delicate sheer mauve overlay. Pictures do not so it justice!]
[On the left, Amanda of Red Bird Vintage shows off one of her favorites: a floor length 1970s slip.]
[Hats and handbags waiting to take their place on the shelves.]
I spotted my personal favorite piece the moment I walked in – a stunning, Alice in Wonderland 1950s prom dress with layers of tulle and lace:
Couldn’t resist playing a little dress up…
A perfect fit! I swear this dress was intended for me, made for me years before I was born.
For more pictures of the shop, store hours and updates on a possible opening party next week, check out Spreedia.