A lot of attention revolves around new Midtown and Downtown retail and businesses but let’s not forget about the artists and entrepreneurs on the fringe who are clothing Detroiters.
Partners Renee Yacoub and Ann-Marie George recently opened their boutique, Ray-Ann’s Wardrobe in the Artists’ Village of Old Redford. Development is slower-going around these parts than in the city’s center, but this doesn’t discourage the duo.
“We wanted to bring a little spice into this area,” Yacoub says. “My partner Ann-Marie George’s dad is John George who runs the artists’ village so she’s always been a part of this. In high school I started coming around and we just love this area.
Primarily a vintage boutique, you’ll find fashions from the 40s, 50s and 60s – clothes you can’t walk into most department stores and buy.
“Vintage is the main component,” Yacoub says “but we also have new things and resale, so it’s a bit of everything.” From veiled hats and gloves to more practical slacks and skirts, Ray-Ann’s carries pieces that are both funky and down-to-earth.
The boutique is open Tuesday through Friday 11:00 am to 7:00 pm. Saturday they’re open 11:00 am to 5:00 pm and they reopen from 9:00 pm to 1:00 am, coinciding with the open mic night at the Java House next door.
“Between poetry and singing, every Saturday they have something different—we get a little party going,” Yacoub says.
You can find Ray-Ann’s Wardrobe on Facebook or stop in at 17340 Lahser Rd.