Boutique Peek: Rare Bird
Local art and vintage clothing collide at the newest shop on Piedmont Avenue.
Erica Skone-Rees has wanted to open her own store for as long as she can remember. As an artist, jewelry maker, and vintage clothing junkie, she’s dreamed of a space to creatively display all she knows and loves. On Nov. 16, that wish came true when she opened The Rare Bird on Piedmont Avenue in Oakland. Having worked many different jobs in the retail world, Skone-Rees already had a good idea about what type of clothing she wanted to sell. “I wanted a store that pays homage to the past with unique vintage and consignment finds,” she says. “We love vintage, recycled threads, and hand-made collections.”
The shop is a large mix of well-picked clothing, accessories, and home décor. Most of the brands are local such as San Francisco-based Après Collective and Colleen Mauer Designs. These brands are displayed alongside retro items like old working cameras and belt buckles. Works by local artists enliven the walls, while accessories are shown off in unique ways like draping neck ties on old lockers and umbrella holders.
Who you’ll see here: Men and women who love unique, hand-picked clothing and accessories. “We have everything from nice suits to western shirts,” explains Skone-Rees. Plus, the shop is a must stop for anyone who loves to support local designers and artists.
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