All Decked Out
What do you find at the intersection of fashion, art, and globe-trotting creative types? Some seriously covetable threads—and Deck Concept Store in West Palm Beach.
Roberta Rosa and Ana Gomes founded the unique boutique last fall. Originally from Brazil, the two met when Rosa helped to bring Gomes’ PH Praia beachwear brand to the United States. Together, they see fashion from a global perspective and intend to showcase new and emerging designers from around the world at Deck, while also creating a gathering space for those with similar interests through elements like a photo studio and a coworking area.
“I started Deck so I could share my passion with other people,” says Rosa. She chose to launch Deck in West Palm Beach “not just because it could be a good business location, but also because it was the place I fell in love with and wanted to live. Opening Deck just made me love it more, and I am making amazing new friends, meeting great creators, and collaborating with other unique entrepreneurs.”
The latest venture by American Eagle and Aerie parent company AEO Inc., Unsubscribed is a consciously made slow-fashion brand with a new home on Worth Avenue. Inspired by the colors of sand and sunsets, the store is filled with sustainably sourced vintage furniture and natural textures. In working toward full sustainability, the Unsubscribed team only designs a few seasons a year and works with brands that directly support their own makers and artisans. “Unsubscribed is all about slowing down and celebrating the beauty of modern simplicity,” says Jennifer Foyle, chief creative officer of AEO. “Palm Beach has a laid-back yet luxurious feel combined with a beachy vibe, making it the ideal spot for Unsubscribed’s private-label products and partner brands.”
Florida Atlantic University Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute has a new way for ocean-lovers to wear their hearts on their sleeves. The research organization teamed up with West Palm Beach–based apparel company Mang to create a special collection with designs that honor ocean and human health, aquaculture innovation and food security, technological innovation and national defense, and marine ecosystem conservation. Ten percent of sales of the shirts and stickers will benefit the organization. Making a difference is nothing new for Mang, whose team plants one mangrove along a living coastline for every item sold and has planted more than 350,000 to date. The Mang x FAU Harbor Branch collection is available for purchase through the end of this month.