Kristel Closets Boutique and Studio Now Open
We received the keys to our studio on April 15th, and for the past three weeks, we have worked around the clock to meet my self-imposed deadline of May 5th. I threw myself into every detail, spent enough time putting together Ikea furniture to last a lifetime, inhaled toxic fumes spray painting racks for days on end, lugged boxes up stairs, and managed the tedious task of organizing the back of house and learning our new POS system.
It was a learning curve for sure, and we have more to do and even more to learn, but yesterday, as I was standing in the alleyway behind our building, spray painting the last of our display racks, a wave of incredible happiness washed over me. The last few weeks was a testament that hard work could be a lot of fun if you love what you do. I hope that joy is reflected in our space and our site as it evolves over the next few weeks.
Speaking of our site, it is up and running. What you’ll find is a (hopefully) well-thought-out selection of items that should fill a void in your wardrobe. When I work with clients, I often hear that after spending so much time and money on a professional wardrobe, there is little budget left over for casual/weekend/social clothes. Clients are tired of wearing their “work” clothes on the weekends too. Personally, I’ve been frustrated that simple tops and cotton dresses, that I’m only going to wear a few times a month are several hundred dollars. What I tried to curate is a cost effective assortment of pieces you’ll feel great wearing, in an array of sizes, which are unique, lovely, and easy to pair with items you already have in your closet.
I have loads more work to do on the site, but you can check out where we are right now. As I build it out, we’ll have original photography, more detailed descriptions, and some video tutorials. You’ll also be able to book appointments (and shopping parties) directly online – more on that in the coming weeks. Currently, the studio is by appointment only.
I am headed to the office to get a few hours of work done before we open up some prosecco and celebrate. There are more items to load, and updates on the site to make this morning, but if you see something you like, you can order it now. All orders will ship by Monday afternoon.
Before I go, a big THANK YOU to all of my friends who sent check-in texts all week and posted about the studio and site on their social accounts. You chicks are amazing, and I’m so lucky to have you all in my life.
A special thank you to my dear friend Lauren. Thank you for all the work you do for us, your smart and honest feedback, for always making me laugh and helping me not feel so alone in my crazy.
And, to my best friend Neen who spent days helping me pull the space together. She threw herself into this project with endless enthusiasm; she steamed, created hang tags, carried boxes, was constantly cleaning, wrote lists to keep me organized, and allowed me to pay her in booze. You’re a case study in loyalty and female friendship and I love you.