Statements Boutique, the new boutique for women, makes a “statement” with a variety of choices
MAKE A STATEMENT: “We have a lot of choice in our shop, a bit of everything, including clothing, accessories and gifts. From candles and jewelry to smudge kits, clothing and handbags, we make gift giving easy. You can do more than one thing here – buy something special for yourself or a welcome gift for someone else. Brooke Ciali, owner of Statements Boutique, Enjoy the Day of Giving. opening of the store, surrounded by an eclectic and attractive range of products.
By Jean Straton
VSsoftness, vitality and freshness highlight Statements Boutique, the special boutique for women at 195 Nassau Street.
Filled with options and opportunities, it offers choices to dress to succeed, dress to impress and certainly to make a statement – always with comfort as key, and with the client’s individuality and style as main priority.
“We distinguish ourselves by our look,” says owner Brooke Ciali. “It’s kind of a trendy vibe. Something new and different. We are all independent designers from the USA, and we focus on eco-friendly items and sustainability. We always take into consideration the unique style of the client and find what suits her best.
“Our styles range from casual to dressy, with dresses, tops, blouses, t-shirts, sweaters, but also jeans and tights. We have shoes, including trainers and flip flops , and a full range of accessories: belts, hats, scarves and lots and lots of jewelry.
Having her own store has always been her dream, says Ciali, who opened her first Statements store in Madison in 2008. After the impact of COVID-19, she decided to move her store to Princeton, returning to the area where she grew, and opened its new store in October 2021.
“I’m from Lawrenceville, and now I feel like I’ve come home. Being here is huge for me,” she reports. “Princeton is a great destination for people in many ways, including shopping.”
“I also want to bring people back to shopping in a store,” she continues. “Once they come in, they love it, and I already have a lot of repeat customers. I also can’t wait for more people to come to the north end of the city. It’s an important part of the city, where a lot is going on.
Flying Monkey Denim, Latico Leathers NJ handbags, Vintage Havana sneakers! If you didn’t know what an irresistibly free look they create together, come to Statements Boutique!
Part of Ciali’s fun is offering fashion advice to its customers. “I like pushing people out of their comfort zone,” she says. “It can be a new look for them, a new adventure, and we’ll find a way to make it work. I like to help with fashion tips and with ideas on how to combine different items. It’s a bit like being a personal shopper for people. I also try to accommodate special requests.
With summer almost upon us, Ciali notes that green and blue are the favorite colors, and she points to a popular look in current fashion.
“Flowers are all the rage in dresses and blouses. There’s a very feminine look, with ruffles and flair. Allison New York is one of our popular designer lines.
Selection of sneakers
T-shirts are in demand in the store, she adds, with Project Social T designs big sellers.
Jeans and tights are worn all the time, just like sneakers these days. Vintage Havana’s Statements Boutique selection is a highlight of the boutique. “They are extremely popular,” says Ciali. “People wear sneakers with everything now. And our Soleil Sea flip flops are also in high demand, especially now that summer is coming and people are going to the beach.
Belts from British Belt Company; scarves of all sizes, including oversized scarves; handbags, charming purses; dress beaded bags for formal occasions; and hats are among the many accessories on display.
Then there is the jewelry! Rings, earrings, bracelets and necklaces for all tastes and in abundance.
“I’m obsessed with jewelry,” Ciali says, with a smile. “I love it, and so do our customers. I love wearing it and sharing our collection with them. Everything is so popular. All!
“Also, fashion jewelry has really become a big seller now. It can be a great look. And you can wear a lot of pieces together. We call our bracelets “arm candy”. We also find a lot of the 70s in jewelry. A bigger, bolder look, with dramatic, chunky pieces. It’s so much fun!
More delicate choices are also presented, with pretty “lucky” gold necklaces and others with tiny charms.
In addition, the shop offers delicate Lucky Feather “Bee Happy” chains with lucky charms that are a great gift idea. Available on a Bee Happy card, they’re hugely popular at $15.
Statements Boutique’s selection of gift items is unique and intriguing. Picture frames, sunglasses, candles, glassware and more are all on display.
A “Serenity” Decoupage Oyster Shell Dish in Assorted Designs is a wonderful ring and trinket dish. ‘Mother’, ‘Father of the Bride’ and ‘Bridesmaid’ flutes are sure to please the bridal party, and stemless wine, beer and rock glasses feature maps of Princeton engraved in the glass.
Princeton students and alumni will also want an enamel orange and black striped tiger wristband, as well as one of the t-shirts with Princeton latitude and longitude coordinate designs.
Scented candles with wooden wicks, others in milk glass containers, make welcome hostess gifts, and essential oils, scented bath salts, handmade greeting cards and more are all attractively presented.
Attractive to the eyes
In fact, the overall look of the store, with displays arranged by Ciali, is attractive and inviting. Everything has a unique touch, including the walk-in closet, providing an engaging style all its own.
Ciali emphasizes quality and affordability, and prices cover a wide range, including items $20, $30, $40 and more. A 30% discount on selected items is currently available. Free gift cards and gift wrap are also offered.
Ciali is very optimistic about the future of Statements Boutique at Princeton and is excited about her role. “I love everything about it. I love buying and showcasing our style to customers.
“I am also delighted that our clients are of all ages and often include mothers and daughters who come together. And they come from all over the Princeton area.
“I can’t wait for more customers to come, meet a lot of people and build relationships with them. It’s a ‘feel good’ store, where people can really enjoy themselves.
And make a statement!
The Statements store is open Tuesday through Saturday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. The possibility of buying online is also offered. (609) 285-5174. Website: statementprinceton.com.