A fashion and vintage venture has moved into the former home of Atlas Clothing and is ready to debut on Capitol Hill with a Friday night party. Kaleidoscope Vision is “an eclectic melange of rare vintage clothing, antiques, informational books, work from emerging artists & designers, and all around intriguing items, lovingly curated for you.”
Three partners with San Francisco roots are behind the effort — Ballardite Ria Rabut and, now, Hill locals Mackenzie Garfield, Sophia Phillips. All three were on hand Friday morning tidying up the newly overhauled shop space left empty when Atlas Clothing shuttered in August. Friday night, the new shop will debut with a grand opening party featuring free food and drinks and showing off Kaleidoscope’s debut theme, New Family.
Kaleidoscope Vision’s, um, vision is to provide vintage shopping but with a rotating thematic approach that should keep the shop’s look and feel changing over time.
Each monthly showcase centers around an ever-changing and evolving mood, with inspiration taken from a multitude of sources including, but not limited to, anthropological studies of native peoples, alternate realities, teenagers, the natural world and the infinitely mysterious beauty of the cosmos.
The new shop joins recently opened In Commune on 12th Ave as new players in the Hill’s popular formal and informal vintage scene. In addition to long-time vintage and consignment shops like Area 51, Pretty Parlor and Le Frock, a weekly indoor flea market at the Century Ballroom and even more eclectic efforts like the occasional Hangover Flea Market at the Comet keep the scene lively.
Garfield says the Kaleidoscope Vision experience should stretch to include demonstrations — in February, watch for a terrarium session as part of New Family — to items like custom perfumes created for each theme. What does New Family smell like? You’ll have to stop by to find out. We’re told to expect things to get a little darker with the next theme, by the way. No, we don’t know what that smells like, either.
You can learn more — and shop online — at kvbazaar.com