StyleHunters is tucked away in a non-descript warehouse building off of Old Deerfield Road, whose façade may appear more accustomed to concealing boxing gyms than high-end clothing boutiques.
It is, admittedly, not an easy place to find; nor is it the type of place you’d stumble upon or wander into, absentmindedly, while en route to another destination. All of which is to say that there is nothing that can prepare you for the treasure trove of jewelry, couture clothing, and fashion-forward shoes that resides just behind its paint-chipped walls.
The store belongs to Sylvia Gosk and Beata Sobot — mothers, friends, and, as of a few months ago, burgeoning entrepreneurs. In their previous lives, Gosk had been an interior designer, while Sabot worked as a model for Harley-Davidson and Ford. They met eight years ago in a local park, where they both took their children, and have remained close ever since. This past July, at the behest of a few trusted friends, they opened StyleHunters: a boutique consignment store with a fashion consultancy twist.
“We are always happy to meet for an appointment,” Sobot says, referring to their private consultations. “We can work late at night, or early in the morning — if someone gives us just 20 minutes to meet, that’s all we need.”
Since opening, Gosk and Sobot have established a substantial customer base in the area, ranging from high-schoolers to women over 60. Their cheapest item probably costs around $20 — for a T-shirt or a fashionable bracelet they’ve been selling to support a local charity — while their most expensive item is around $1,000. And though the two certainly keep up with the latest fashion trends, they don’t do so at the price of accessibility; above all, they strive to curate items that North Shore women will actually want to wear.
“You can really find pieces in any budget,” Sobot says. “Or you can tell us your budget, and we can work within it.”
Normally, StyleHunters gives those consigning with them 50 percent back on the selling price. However, if someone has a particularly expensive item and they’re looking to sell it at a specific price, the two will secure it for them without taking their full cut. To Gosk, the most rewarding part of the business is the satisfaction she gets when they can help find a customer the perfect article of clothing for a special event or occasion.
In the future, the pair says they hope to continue to grow and support local charities. Their location, they concede, isn’t the best, and eventually they’d like to expand to a more amenable location in the area.