Here at Shoptiques, we are working hard every day to make sure that the best, most unique clothing from boutiques both in your backyard and across the globe are easily accessible—no matter where your GPS says you are. To do that, we spend long, often champagne-filled, hours producing photo shoots with models we adore, creating content showcasing items and trends we're coveting, and making sure that the experience is as ideal and easy as possible for the customers we love.
For such dedicated followers and fans, the women who have supported Shoptiques from the very beginning (that's all of you), we think it's best that you know who we are so that when you call, order or comment, you know exactly who you are working with.
To begin, we are a group of 10 sitting in Soho offices, down the street from a Chipotle and with a distant view of New Jersey. Our Ikea tables that serve as desks hold our Mac laptops, Quaker Oatmeal Chewys, and the dresses we plan on giving away every Friday (no joke!).
At the core, we are exactly like you, women on a mission to help other women feel confident and beautiful as they strive after their goals, whether that goal is to be the world's best mom or the next Apple CEO—or both. We believe you deserve to have it all!
What do you do at Shoptiques?
Well, all of us really do it all. In fact, I actually just hopped out of the studio, modeling a shirt for the site. My first ever modeling gig! But if you are reading a blog post, hearing about a new blogger, deciding to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, Instagram, Foursquare (yes, we have them all and more!), then you are more likely than not chatting it up with me.
Where are you from?
I'm from East Texas, the redneck capital of the world. I grew up with cowboy boots, Texas country music, big trucks mudding through fields after a summer storm, and crawfish. Lots and lots of crawfish.
How did you end up in New York?
I came to New York City for the same reason everyone else did: to make dreams come true. That rhetoric is so prevalent here. From the guy on the subway playing his ukulele for cash to Anna Wintour herself, everyone is here to make it big, to make a difference, and become sleep deprived in the process.
What's your favorite thing about New York?
In Texas it is generally assumed that people outside of the state, especially those living in the north, are rude, but I've come to realize that one of my favorite things about this city is the people. Maybe I just keep going to the same places over and over, but I've made friends with waiters and bartenders who now know my name when I come in. It reminds me of home and proves that there is a little bit of Texas in everyone.
I love Shoptiques for so many reasons, but mostly because I'm tired of the rhetoric that tells women they can't be beautiful and original, or smart and fun, or fashionable and able to balance a checkbook. Women are naturals at multitasking and when we embrace who we are, shove all those nay-sayers aside and run our lives the way our personality dictates, we will conquer the world. It's true: be yourself, be different, and you will succeed in all aspects of your life.
What are your favorite boutiques?
My favorite boutique in the world is located in my hometown of Beaumont, Texas, but they have expanded to a few places in Houston as well. It's called Yaya Club Clothing Company and honestly I don't know what they do to make the place so great. All I know is that every piece of clothing I've ever bought there is still in use today and gets compliments whether I'm in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Austin, Paris or Quito, Ecuador! If you're ever in the area, you'll have to stop in!