Boston Fashion Week: Oficio Fashion Bazaar

On Saturday a pop-up shop of local designers and sellers was hosted at the offices of Oficio, a company that leases temporary workspace from desks to offices.  The Fashion Bazaar was heavy on jewelry designers, the best of which I thought were:

A Touch of Couture (also repairs or redesigns old jewelry)
Medfield, MA

Patricia Wellenkamp Jewelry
Joy Street Studios #24
86 Joy Street, Somerville, MA 02143

Wendy Jo New Metal Designs (takes commissions)
Winchester, MA

Sarah Nehama Handmade Jewelry

Studio 600, Sasha Walsh Designs
46 Waltham Street, Courtyard 600, Boston, MA

There were also a few artisans who specialize in revamping clothing and textiles, a good way to give new life to a beloved item that has seen better days.  This one takes custom orders:

Pat Curran/W.I.M. Whatever I Make
380 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02139

I spoke briefly to Eujin Kim Neilan of Uni-T about her fun shirts and accessories made from organic cotton and bamboo.  I loved the owl and ninja prints.  The items are made in China but she assured me that the factory in which they are made is certified with a U.S. organization for environmental and ethical practices.  She sells her items through an Etsy store and at the Natick Mall.  I bought the short-sleeve Ninja t-shirt in the color “dirty purple”.


I also spoke with Allee Graziano representing Schuch Box which is a new company that aims to be a Birchbox-like monthly subscription service.  She caught my attention with the free sample of Magic Moon Soap, a relatively new Salem-based company using organic goat’s milk in their products.  She explained to me that Schuch box would like to include locally-made products in their boxes.  As I am looking for a way to kick my Birchbox habit, I went to the company website and signed up but I think they must have to contact you because there was no payment procedure or email confirmation.  Stay tuned.



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