The indie spirit of Selby and Snelling survived the prolonged construction of Whole Foods at Selby and Snelling in St. Paul—bringing us lentils, kale, and more local boutiques! Up Six has a new storefront at the corner, where the vintage store will celebrate its 15th anniversary this week, and there's a new shop: Spoils of Wear, featuring women's apparel that bridges modern and boho, plus lots of affordable jewelry, accessories, tote bags and hats hat play off the division of local shoppers: 'Sota vs. 'Sconsin.
I mention all this before telling you that Spoils of Wear is committed to sustainable retail, which means everything in store is fair trade, made of recycled materials, benefits a cause, or USA Made— because nothing about the merchandise screams "sustainable." The only burlap sacks are the shopping bags. It's encouraging to see just how much easier it has become to do a sustainable boutique than when owner Jill Erickson first registered her business a decade ago. She joins Minneapolis boutique Hazel & Rose, another new store with an edgier aesthetic, but a similar mission.
"The vision of Spoils of Wear has become increasingly clear," says Erickson, who worked next door at Teeny Bee before taking the leap. "Empowerment for both maker and consumer through sustainable practices in the fashion industry. It means supporting brands that are striving to do things better with local production, organic textiles, and fair labor practices…just to start."
Spoils of Wear, 1566 Selby Ave., St. Paul, spoilsofwear.com