Unique Boutique Provides Soho Style Locally
Six Clothing in Haddonfield carries hard-to-find international designer couture brands and handcrafted accessories by local and national artisans.
Suzanne Sheahen needed a great place to shop close to home, so when she sold her first clothing store eight years ago, she teamed up with her daughter and created Six Clothing, a "Soho-style" boutique specializing in hard-to-find designer jeans and handcrafted accessories, bags and belts.
"We couldn't agree on a name, so we eventually settled on the street number," she says, referring to their address at 6 Mechanic Street in Haddonfield. "When people come in they say they feel like they're in Soho because of the warmth and age of the building."
But while the shop may be reminiscent of a hip New York location, the repeat local clients root it firmly in a hometown feel.
"I have customers who used to ride their bikes here when they were kids, and then I saw them getting out of their first car, and then I dress them before they leave for college," Sheahen says. "We know all the kids and we know what they want... We can just look at someone's body and be able to say 'this is gonna work.'"
Their speciality is designer jeans from all around the United States and the world. Japanese demin sits alongside rhinestone-studded jeans from California, and all cater to much more than just a size. Up to five items of data including width of the leg, height, waist size and where the customer wants the jeans to fall are taken into consideration in fitting the proper pair to the client. This nearly custom approach is typical in the world of haught couture jeans, but Sheahen and her associates take it one step further.
"I've walked to the store from my house when a customer needed something" she says. They have also stayed late countless times to assist clients.
In addition to jeans, they offer exclusively handcrafted accessories made by local and national artisans.
"One of our artists is only 13 years old and lives in northern New Jersey," Sheahen says. "Another local artist makes jewelry using all recycled pewter."
And, she says, all of their products are vegan in that they use no leather and no real fur.
Sheahen is also extremely active in the community, and while modest about her charitable works, she smiles when she talks about the fundraising fashion shows she puts on for local high schools and other community groups.
"We do about three or four per year," she says. She keeps current on the latest trends by "reading every magazine and attending all the shows."
Her daughter, Summer Delauro, is currently taking a break from the daily activities of the store to stay home with her new baby.
"We're waiting for her to come back", Sheahen says. "There's nothing she doesn't know about fashion."
Clearly, staying abreast of the latest styles is important to this mother-daughter team.
Prices range from $68 to $170 for jeans and $10-$100 for accessories. Abundant handbags, belts, jewelry and even hair pieces are availble to be mixed and matched to find the perfect look. Sheahen and her staff are always honest about how something looks on a customer, and as a result, there is no sales pressure, she said.
Sheahen is dedicated to helping her customers find the perfect fit and style and says that after someone experiences the difference of a perfectly fit pair of jeans, it changes their perspective.
"Whatever is in style, we have," she says. "Once you go designer, you're not going back."