Boutique Of The Week: Artifaktori Vintage
Boutique Of The Week
Published: Saturday, October 29, 2011
Updated: Saturday, October 29, 2011 20:10
Vintage shopping isn't for the faint of heart. Each venture into a vintage store is a game of hit-or-miss, but at Artifaktori, it's a hit with amazing pieces you'll always find. From 80s secretary blouses to one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces, this vintage store has everything a fashionista could want.
Described best by owner Amy Berkowitz; "Vintage has forever been a playground for creativity." With locations in Beacon Hill at 121 Charles Street and 22 College Avenue in Somerville, this vintage store offers more than just trends.
Maddie Colman: How long has Artifaktori been open?
Amy Berkowitz: "Our Somerville store has been opened for 3 years, and our Boston store, since May."
MC: Who is the typical Artifaktori shopper?
AB: "Artistic, eclectic, people who are looking for something unique."
MC: Describe your store's style in 3 words?
AB: "We love prints!"
MC: What's your average price range?
AB: "From $24 – $500."
MC: What is your favorite item you carry this season?
AB: "Our latest favs are: vintage fall classics like blazers, scarves and boots. Loco Lindo - 40s inspired rayon print dresses, Many Belles Down – funky young hip prints and sassy style, and Remix shoes – vintage inspired footwear."
MC: What advice do you have for anyone aspiring to open his or her own boutique?
AB: "Its tough out there right now, but I'd say you need to be good with budgeting and knowing who your customers are and how to attract them."
MC: What were the beginnings of you store?
AB: "Inspired by art and the history of object making. Artifaktori is a melting pot of ideas objects and personalities. Of course the world of retail is much different than the art world, but we have met some great people and hope to continue making these like minded friendships for years to come."