Boutique. According to the OED:
1) a small shop selling fashionable clothes or accessories.
2) a business serving a sophisticated or specialized clientele
The terms been around for ages, right? Wrong. According to the Gospel of Wikipedia the term ’boutique” did not enter the English vernacular until the late 1960’s, with the blossoming of the Kings Rd and Carnaby St which were home to some of Londons finest. Who’d of thunk it ‘eh? Not me.
Fashionable, sophisticated and specialized. Sounds good….if only somebody with discerning eye and impecable taste had collated a collection of British boutiques into a good looking and more importantly easly navigatable site. A place where the leg work of hunting down all these tasty morsals had already been done for you. Well look no further. The Boutique Life is here. Started by three lovely ladies….. in their own words (they do it best):
Two sisters Clare and Jayme with Anna, created The Boutique Life to inspire moments of happiness and indulgence, to encourage exploration and discovery, and to support a genuine national treasure: the Glorious Independent Boutique. We’re scouring this green and pleasant land for the finest independent boutique businesses that specialise in crafting bespoke products and experiences that are quite simply exceptional: from fashion retailers and hotels to artisan producers.
They’re owned and run by passionate individuals who indulge our taste for luxury with a personal, hands on approach and a keen eye for detail and quality. We know they’re passionate because we’ve met them. Ultimately, we’re seeking unique products and memorable experiences. It takes time, effort and bags of energy but we visit as many businesses as we can a) to satisfy our love of all things boutique, and b) to make sure we are recommending the best boutiques in the land. Every business on The Boutique Life has been carefully selected and approved, so you can be sure they’re well worth a visit.
The above painted cushion is just one fine example of the kind of hand selected wares on offer. Its my kind of gear that!!
Anyway…put your hands together…show you love, stamp your feet and clap wildly (in online form e.g. just click!!), support good people doing good things by supporting other good people and go visit the site. Links Below