Stylephile EDITED BY DEBORAH CARTER & SUSAN BRIERLY BUSH
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A Dress For
GOT A HOT DATE? Important interview?
Consult Ayush Rai, owner of Melange
in Somerville. The style-savvy 26-year-
old from Long Valley gained a local
following with his previous endeavor,
Soirée, an evening-wear boutique in
Chester. But he outgrew that space (and
the evening-wear niche), and moved
to the 1,600-square-foot storefront in
Somerville. Melange—French for medley—stocks a mix of preppy, boho and
classic silhouettes, with loyal shoppers
ranging from teens to octogenarians.
Canadian designer Joseph Ribkoff is
one of the many brands Rai’s buyer,
Craig Dykstra, curates to stay away from
predictable department store fashions.
Florence “Flo” Skorny, a bubbly retiree
from Bridgewater, is one of the dedicated shoppers who followed Rai to
Somerville. “He got me addicted,” says
Skorny, who nows works part-time at
the store to fund her habit. Keep an eye
out for Rai’s fashionable, long-haired
chihuahua, Clyde, who sports a mini
leather jacket from Hungry Hound, the
pet boutique across the street.
85 West Street, Somerville
neoprene dress in
burgundy by Ina;
collar in blush
by Ina; $68.
Mixed metal chain
necklace by Kole
BLACK & GOLD
bracelet by 2chic;
Gold chain and
black bead necklace
by 2chic; $35.