As a fashion blogger I am constantly looking for inspiration, and sometimes that inspiration comes from my friends. A few weeks ago I was complimenting my friend Julie’s outfit and she offered to take me to the store where she bought it. The next day we took the short trek up West End Avenue to Scarlett Begonia. Walking in I could tell immediately that they had some really unique items (and if you’ve been around my blog for a while you will know that I love incorporating unique clothing and accessories into my daily looks–you won’t catch me looking like everyone else!)
I started talking with one of the managers at the store and she told me all about the owners, who travelled extensively throughout South America and dreamed of opening a shop that would showcase native cultures through their folk art and clothing. Since 1980, Scarlett Begonia has been the home for artisans from around the world to share their products in a fair trade setting. Today, the original owners’ daughter, Gabriela, manages the store and adds her own contemporary and fashion-forward edge to the ethnic collections.
There is so much to love at Scarlett Begonia, from the statement necklaces and cocktail rings made from the Tagua nut of Ecuador, to the gorgeous summer dresses and panama hats that are just perfect for a picnic at Centennial Park. And the best part is that all of the products have an interesting story, support fair trade and eco-sustainability, and are unique while still being fashion-forward.
I was so excited to style this shoot and am very thankful for our friends at Scarlett Begonia, Cumberland Transit, Three Brothers Coffee and Juice Bar Germantown for our locations. This shoot would not have been possible without the support of gorgeous models (Cieara, Courtney, Olivia, and Josie), our talented photographer Mike Smith, and the support of Scarlett Begonia staff (Gabriela and Cieara).