Rex, the new owner of Mesh Boutique, rocks stylish checks and converse
Monday, September 12, 2011
I hadn't been in Mesh Boutique (located at 204 John Street, just off Richmond) since it had been sold to a new owner, so I thought drop in for a visit. The layout of the store, which specializes in "designer vintage/retro consignment" has been changed for the better and is now one large space with the counter at the rear of the store. Stock was attractively merchandised, and very organized. The only negative thing I could say is that I've never understood why secondhand clothing by labels like H&M is considered 'vintage', especially given that it's cheap to begin with, and tons of it can be found in every Value Village, and unfortunately, there was still some of that type of thing amongst the store's stock. For the most part, there was an interesting mix of newer upscale used clothing and accessories for men and women, including some great coats and jackets. They had a nice selection of little black dresses and I found a slinky 1980's number that was surprising flattering for $15. The new owner, whose name is Rex, is very friendly and helpful, and wants to support local businesses as much as possible. He is carrying jewellery by local designers, and bath products from Batty's Bath and some cute tops/dresses made by a friend of his. If you haven't been to the store, it's definitely worth a look, and who knows what treasure you might find. After all, the thrill of the hunt is one of the major appeals of secondhand shopping!