The Berry Street store, which opened in 2009, is bright, modern and tasteful “with an urban edge & a rock n’ roll sensibility,” says Stipanovich. “Mostly well-priced American brands and very few imports.” And a brilliantly placed, kid-tuned TV makes it a lot easier to shop.
This circular process of preserving the old and giving the new an antique patina lies at the core of Ferris’ philosophy. “Fashion can keep going around, unbroken, just like a Ferris wheel,” says Livingston.
A small factory soon sprouted in her living room, and Meyer began to create custom dresses and shirts for friends. The Northern California native founded her company, Mary Meyer Clothing (marymeyerclothing.com), in 2005 before migrating East one year later.
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