Have you ever walked into a store and had the feeling that you were in a special space? That you were surrounded by beauty and a sense of wonder?  A store that felt like a gallery, yet warm, welcoming, and inviting? This is what happened when I entered Barbara and Company, a local clothing boutique with locations in Denver’s Washington Park area and in Boulder. Owned by Kathy King, the store is a reflection of her creativity and dedication.  I believe that I’ve found a woman who is as passionate about beautiful and unique clothing as I am about hats! With this post I am honored to be sharing Kathy’s love and enthusiasm for fashion with you, my wonderful followers.

Kathy personally reviews and orders each designer’s line. She travels frequently in order to create the highest quality collections for both the Denver and Boulder locations. The featured designers are from Europe, New York, Los Angeles, and Israel. She also loves to carry stellar local designers, so that you get the best from home and abroad.

Barbara and Company has been bringing great fashion to Denver for more than 30 years. Now that’s longevity!  Kathy has a large and loyal customer base that depends upon her experienced eye and her staff of savvy sales associates with proven expertise to help them make flattering decisions while building a beautifully coordinated wardrobe.

Based on my experience at Barbara and Company, I can understand why they have been a Denver favorite for women’s high fashion for so long.  Kathy and her staff were fun, attentive, and obviously knowledgeable.  In the photo above I’m wearing their statement tunic with unique texture and shape over an asymmetrical skirt by the Croatian designer Xenia Design.

This sculptured look perfectly fits with my aesthetic, and it provides the ideal background for me to personalize with a vintage hat, vintage earrings, and statement necklace by my friend Carol Markel.  I can think of so many ways to take these timeless pieces into day or evening!

In the above photo I’m wearing a long printed silk and velvet floral jacket by Johnny Was I feel as though I’m wrapped in luxurious bohemian luxury when wearing this artful piece. The dark red maxi dress is by  Comfy, and flows perfectly as a backdrop for the Johnny Was jacket, again providing a canvas for my vintage jewelry as it mirrors one of the many colors displayed on the jacket. I finished off this ensemble with a vintage hat, vintage bag, and vintage suede boots from my collections.

Barbara and Company also carries an incredibly stylish selection of jewelry—earrings, cuffs, bracelets, bangles, and necklaces—for any occasion, casual or formal. Many items are made by local artists with semi-precious stones, pearls, silver, and gold. Individuality, quality and style can also be found in their collection of handbags, clutches and totes.

Photos By Daniel

I was also impressed with Kathy’s social conscience (a sense of responsibility or concern for the problems and injustices of society)and giving back to her community, as evidenced by this statement on the Barbara and Company website:

“Every year, we support the people and community who helped us build our boutiques. We encourage our customers to get in on the act as well with food drives, special sales benefiting local relief funds, and sponsoring fundraising community events throughout the year. After all, giving back never goes out of style.”

This is a sponsored post. My heartfelt opinions and enthusiastic response to this incredible business are my own. I respect and admire their attention to style and their devotion to customer service. My collaboration experience with Kathy and her staff was uplifting and inspirational.  I love supporting local businesses that speak to me and embrace values that elevate and bring out the best in the customers that they serve.

 

11 Comments

  1. Wow what amazing outfits. You look fabulous. I’m in the UK so can’t acess the store but they are beautiful items

  2. I would wear both of these outfits in a heartbeat! The styles carried by Barbara and Company remind me of the lines carried by one of my favourite boutiques here in Canada – Cora Couture. You are the perfect model for these uniquely beautiful pieces.

  3. Beautiful outfits! Barbara and Company are wonderful stores. I just shopped in the Boulder store. I appreciate locally owned stores with unique, quality clothing and knowledgeable, helpful sales people.

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