Monday, August 8, 2011

Westport Retailers Invade Faction

Talk to anyone around the Kansas City area, and we’re sure that most people have at least heard of Westport, which is known for its bars and restaurants, trendy scene, and most recently, its retail shops. Westport is becoming the “it” spot for local retailers looking to set up shop in perhaps the most local-friendly place in KC. Many Westport shops have been featured throughout past issues of Faction, and for our August issue, we’re especially crazy about Westport.

The Bunker, whose top pieces are featured in our upcoming issue, opened its doors in 1999 and has become a well-known local favorite. Carrying an array of items from both local designers and national brands, the Bunker caters to young, fashion-forward people looking for fun and unique garbs. Kurt from the Bunker explains, “The Bunker has one foot in fashion and another foot in surf/skate lifestyle… Our customer comes to the Bunker to find something they won't find at the mall.”

In love with the neighborhood’s history and people, Bon Bon Atelier made Westport their home in 2006. What started out as a shop of mostly handmade jewelry, gifts, and décor, Bon Bon has slowly turned into a sewing and crafts superstore ogled by local crafters. The specialty retailer still sells handmade jewelry, though, and is constantly featuring handmade pieces from local designers. For the Shop Westport shoot, Bon Bon sent us some “very personal” pieces designed by the owner Betsy’s sister. Betsy tells us, “The pieces that Faction has are all from her newest line which hasn't even hit the store yet - they are a sneak peek!”

One of the younger shops in Westport, Clothz Minded will be celebrating their first birthday on August 21! A buy, sell, trade shop, Clothz Minded “wanted to be some place where there were more locally owned businesses, some place with character.” Catering to a market of young professionals and families, Nicole from Clothz Minded explains that she prefers to buy classic pieces that she knows her clientele will like. For our August issue, Nicole chose fall pieces that the “everyday person can wear and afford.”

These Westport shops aren’t the only ones nice enough to lend us their clothes. ATC, Colfax, Imagery, Boomerang, Mash Handmade, and Screen Tee Gallery are all featured in our Shop Westport editorial. All of you, and yes, we mean all of you, must make it out to our V10 release party on August 25 to check out the Shop Westport photos for yourself!

Written by Rachael Gardner

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