A dream is only awakened if you’re willing to breathe life into it. This is what Khalilah Beavers (nėe Williams-Webb) learned when she packed her bags and moved to New York City in 2002. With nothing other than a desire to use clothing as a form of creative expression, Khalilah set out to launch a lucrative career in styling and image consulting, quickly becoming one of the most coveted stylists in Sports & Entertainment; styling for well-known athletes such as Carmelo Anthony and respected business women such as founder of Carol’s Daughter, Lisa Price.
Everyone knows that fashion and art go hand in hand; one being an interpretation of the other. Like a match made in heaven, Shirley + Alice began as a pop-up shop which was housed in her husband’s art gallery, House of Art Gallery. From there, the shop quickly grew into a full on showroom and space for trunk shows that showcased the works of various indie designers whose designs now call Shirley + Alice home. On March 22, 2013, Khalilah Beavers officially opened the doors of Shirley + Alice Vintage and Indie Designer Boutique in the historical neighborhood of Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. The boutique was named after her grandmothers, Shirley Webb and Alice Holland—two women who played a monumental role in Khalilah’s life, as well as in her love, admiration, and appreciation for fashion. Also citing her mom as a major inspiration, Khalilah designed Shirley + Alice not just with fashionable women in mind, but for women who are strong, beautiful, and intelligent—essentially, all women.
In the few short years that it has been standing, Shirley + Alice Vintage and Indie Designer Boutique has become a staple in its neighborhood. It’s one of many excellent businesses in the area, but it stands as one of a kind. Housing some of the coolest vintage and indie pieces around, which include clothing shoes, accessories, and even menswear; everyone who walks in is bound to find something that glimmers in their eyes. That, coupled with the coziness of the décor and warmness of Khalilah and her staff, will leave you feeling like you’ve entered your best friend’s house to raid her fabulously eclectic closet.
Whether you’re looking for the perfect ensemble for a special event or just treating yourself to an amazing old world gem, Shirley + Alice Vintage and Indie Designer Boutique has got you. Visit in store or now online to find what was dreamt up for you!