What inspired you to open the boutique?
I dreamed of having my own vintage shop since I was a little girl. Before I was born my mom was working on opening her own vintage shop and had everything ready and then I came along and her dream was put on hold. She is so thankful and lucky that she had a girl who appreciates everything she wanted. I did grow up with an art background starting in dance and then working towards fashion and costume design. My mom has a background in dance and theater (not to brag but she was a Rockette for 10 years.) So both she and I share the dream. Many of the items in the shop came from her collection.
How long have you been operating?
The shop has been in business for 2 years.
How did you get the name L.A. Boudoir?
“L.A.” stands for my name “Lauren Arkin” and Boudoir means a giant closet or wardrobe in French, which is how I want people to see the shop. Most people pronounce it “LA” instead of “L.A.”, which then still translates to “The Closet.”
Describe your clothes in three words
Classic, feminine, chic.
How would you describe your typical customer?
She has an appreciation for vintage in both style and quality, knows how to shop wisely and on a budget, and enjoys the evolution of fashion.
What are some must-have pieces in your own closet right now?
Fifties beaded sweaters and fifties-style dresses, blouses with lace details or made entirely out of lace, linen pants and shorts, peep-toe heels, and a cute vintage clutch.
What does fashion mean to you?
It’s a way to show one’s self expression. It allows people to be whomever or whatever they feel at any given moment. Without fashion our world would look and people would feel so monotonous. We need fashion to help our society continue to grow and expand with new ideas and innovations that would help our future generations.
[Editor’s Note: This vintage inspired boutique was voted “Best Vintage Lingerie Shop of Miami 2011” by the Miami Times.]
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