Boutique of the Month: Bonded Boutique
In 2011 Bonded dry cleaners was transformed into what you see today, a unique combination of a dry cleaners and a boutique.
Having studied fashion design and 3D fine arts, perceiving all objects and the world with an artistic sensibility became natural. And I think that's how the idea of creating this dual-purpose business came so naturally.
Femme & Fortune: If you were to use 3 words to describe Bonded Boutique, what would they be?
- Jewelry box: Everything in the boutique is carefully curated just like each jewelry item one would store in a jewelry box.
- Romantic: Not only are the clothing and jewelry feminine and flirty with romantic details, but the decor of the boutique is romantic and vintage inspired as well.
- Fashion forward: Each piece in the boutique is something that isn't ubiquitous. It is unique, yet something that is still fashionable and stylish. I have many regulars who shop here and tell me that they keep it a secret because they want to be the only one to wear our special pieces. I guess that's good and bad at the same time for us!
- (Peaceful:) This has been a surprising word that we also hear a lot from our customers. I would have never imagined using this word to describe our boutique, but I'm delighted to hear that our space can give peace to others.
Femme & Fortune: What would you say makes Bonded Boutique different and unique compared to others?
HanNa: Firstly, it's the business concept that makes us a truly one of a kind establishment. You will not find any other boutique or a dry cleaners like us anywhere. And not only that, although our business is a for-profit company, we have the heart of a non-profit. We want to be a company that is socially aware and gives back to our community.
Secondly, it's our design sensibility. Our decor, and almost all of our furniture in the boutique is custom made from recycled materials which is re-purposed, making them environmentally friendly as well.
And last but not least, it's our selection of clothes and accessories. We carry things that are different from your run-of-the-mill stores, and we carry a limited number of pieces as well. Which means that not only do we have new styles constantly, but that if something captures your heart you must get it ASAP, or most likely there won't be a "next time."
Femme & Fortune: Where do you see your boutique going in the next 5 years? Any thoughts on opening a second location closer to heart of Center City? Why/Why not?