Boutique as shrine: Frida Kahlo-inspired clothing with color and spirit.. The Store
It seems fitting that an indie clothing store inspired by Mexican painter Frida Kahlo would smell pleasantly of roses, though there are none in sight. The scent simply adds to the mysterious quality of owner and designer Sandra Paez's boutique, developed upon the life and surrealist works of Kahlo (whose self-portraits often depict her with flowers in her hair, oddly enough). Red tin ceilings and golden walls with a stenciled border add richness and texture to the store's contents. Staff usually sit outside the door, so the emptiness of the room feels slightly haunted.
Paez says her creations--all of which are designed and manufactured in the borough--are based on what Frida herself would wear, were she still alive. Much of the stock at any given time features lively paisley prints or earthy fabrics with printed borders. Tiny tees are printed with Frida's image. Pieces are unique and well-constructed, but priced slightly more for acclaimed artists than starving ones.