“Are those bears?” I overhear a girl on the street exclaiming to her friend.
They are indeed. The mannequins in the shop's window are one of the notable features that makes the women's boutique, Pinkyotto, stand out on Newbury Street in Boston. The whimsical bear-headed mannequins pop amongst a street lined with typically more conservative displays. The windows at Pinkyotto were what initially enticed me to enter the doors for the first time, about five years ago. Ever since then I have made it a point to stop by the quirky store whenever I am in the area.
This past weekend Claire and I decided to swing by and have some fun trying on the current collection. When we walked in we were instantly excited by the selection of fun, girly patterned dresses, skirts, and coats that filled the racks around the room. How could we choose what to limit ourselves to? I had to take some photos of some of the fun pieces we found.
Pinkyotto is a mecca for Boston women interested in unique, girly, vintage clothes. It has the feeling of a small boutique you would find in some trendy area of New York City (all the other branches of the store are located in New York). The store is filled with a plethora of colors and patterns, so almost any girl can find something her style. Pinkyotto is a great place to find a fun yet easily wearable daytime dress and sometimes a funky work-appropriate one.
One odd thing about the store is that none of the clothes have sizes. To make the experience more authentic to shopping for vintage clothes the company decided to leave sizes off of the clothing. Although it can be weird to try on clothes without knowing the size, I find this attention to the detail of the shopping experience quite refreshing. In some ways it's nice to not get hung up on size and to simply try on what feels right.
Pinkyotto was established in New York City in '05 and has since expanded to three other locations in New York and the one on Newbury. The collection is vintage-inspired and is all hand selected from markets around the world by the Co-Founder/Creative Director, Ryo Liu. Thanks to Meaghan, the Newbury store manager for giving us entirely too much free range with the store. We had a blast! And a big thank you to Claire for letting me snap some photos of her in some amazing dresses.