Brooklyn-based womenswear designer Christine Alcalay has been sewing since she was four years old. The Vietnam native emigrated to New York City as a toddler, where her mother found work in the city’s garment factories. Her mom — a self-taught tailor, sample-maker, and pattern-maker — often brought extra work home, and so young Christine picked up the tools of the trade as her mother labored away at the family sewing machine. A more formal education came when Alcalay entered Parsons School of Design, where she interned at Christian Lacroix during a year abroad in Paris and earned up the school’s renowned Golden Thimble award. In 2002, Alcalay opened her boutique KIWI in New York City, offering a collection of made-to-measure clothing, eventually expanding to a ready-to-wear line in 2011.
Need something to wear through the workweek and also something to relax in on the weekends? This boutique’s curated selection of menswear has got you covered. Founded in 2015, Scout brings quality clothing and contemporary sneakers to Chattanooga, Tennessee. The store highlights the best parts of minimalist design with all white interior and contrasting, Eames inspired decor. When you're in Scout, you immediately realize you're in one of Chattanooga's best kept secrets that you've stumbled upon while exploring the downtown Southside neighborhood.
Pretend Store is a real shop by Fuzzco, a creative agency based in Charleston, SC. Born out of a series of experimental pop-ups in 2013 and 2014, Pretend Store offers limited-edition products for the home, office and human, much of which is made collaboratively with artists, designers, fashion brands, and other cool companies. With quirky cards, handsome pottery, unique perfumes, witty tees and more on offer, save Pretend Store to your favorites for totally effortless, entirely cool gift giving (for others or yourself).