In 2005, when I was living in Boston, an online listing began my journey to New Haven. The listing stated that Endelman Gallery, a clothing and artisan jewelry store, was for sale. I traveled to New Haven to view the Chapel Street storefront and immediately fell in love with the area. I left Neiman Marcus in Boston and have never looked back.
Here’s to new beginnings! I purchased the store and renamed it idiom, with a decidedly lowercase i. I chose “idiom” for its less common meaning, the third definition in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary: “a style or form of artistic expression that is characteristic of an individual, a period or movement, or a medium or instrument.”
The shop provides a niche for everyday dressing and "head-turning pieces." You'll find an assortment of fine clothing, footwear, handbags, artisan jewelry, and bath & body products. Lines include Eileen Fisher, Joseph Ribkoff, Cut Loose, Susan Monaco, Part Two, Latico, and Toyko Milk. There is an entire room of handcrafted artisan jewelry called “The Jewel Box.” Artisans include Colleen Mauer, Catherine Weitzman, Ayala Bar, Phyrra, Stephen Estelle & local favorite Susan Roberts.
I love living and working in New Haven. A focus of mine is a part of the thread of the local community. Volunteerism is an integral part of my commitment to giving back. I joined the Junior League, a women’s organization, where I later served a term as president, and I currently sit on the Board of Directors of the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce and The Shops at Yale.
Hopefully, I will meet you soon in the shop or at www.idiomboutique.com.
- Kimberly R. Pedrick
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