Dear readers, I’d like to say right up-front – before anyone becomes faint from downright disbelief – that I did not make this charming little frock.
I wish I had, but I did not.
It’s from a lovely little boutique in Swarthmore on
Chester Road called
lovely is the shop’s owner, Emily Scott, who greets everyone like she’s known
them her whole life. Daughter and I both
feel like her new BFF. The boutique
showcases merchandise from independent and emerging designers, including the
shop’s owner. Ms. Scott is introducing these designers, making it possible
for them to showcase their goods and for chic-hungry consumers to acquire some
beautiful and unique pieces. To quote
younger daughter....”Mom, you can buy me ANYTHING from compendium. for Christmas!” A native of North
Wilmington, Emily tells me she has been sewing since she was a
little girl and from what I can see, that stick-to-it-tiveness has paid off.
In addition to woman and children’s clothing, the shop also carries handmade shoes, handbags and jewelry and some very eclectic prints and tee-shirts some of which are displayed on repurposed furniture, and you have to love that!
Now let’s discuss this darling little shrug. It’s from a designer named Kate Blossom. Kate’s Etsy page says that she loves “to create unique, earthy, ethereal, sometimes edgy, carefree, fun, country, chic, ranch, cottage clothes for women and children…casual, yet with a touch of elegance....with a spirit of the West and of the Irish moors my grandmother came from...”
What I love most about this piece are the surprises…
Please take the time to visit compendium. and say hello to Emily. We have to support our artisans so that they can thrive and their talents can inspire and delight others for a long time to come!