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Fabulous fall fashions

When a piece of clothing, jewelry or accessory goes out the door at Brick Wall Boutique, the crew at the shop likes to say “good vibes” have been sent out into the world. That is because each item has been curated and collected with the idea that it will bring some joy into someone’s life.

That philosophy of putting good vibes out into the world is one Brick Wall Boutique owner Kara Inman likes to put into practice professionally and personally and has helped establish her shop and the neighboring men’s store, Brick Wall Haberdashery, as the go-to shop for fashion in Mariposa.

Inman first started her boutique in 2013 inside a friend’s salon. When a space became available in the historic Bogan and Company brick building, she jumped at the chance to expand her business and opened the shop in 2016 and expanded to the men’s store in 2020.

Inman grew up in Mariposa and honed her skills in the retail industry while working at her parents Mariposa store.

“Their store is where I learned how to count, by making change for people,” Inman said.

She kept a connection to her parents’ business by installing the same counter they used in her boutique.

Inman knows exactly the woman she is dressing when it comes to the collections in her store.

“It’s a country girl’s dream closet,” Inman said. “She has a love for western fashion and a vintage soul.”

The boutique carries clothing, accessories, jewelry, shoes and home decor items, including some exclusively made in Mariposa. Inman has curated an inventory that will please those looking for classic pieces, like a perfect-fitting pair of jeans, and those who want something more fashion-forward, like a pair of wide-leg cascading tiers pants.

The men’s shop carries a more casual look with pieces that are both functional and stylish.

“We’ve been getting amazing feedback from the guests on brands and styles that they like,” Inman said. “It has been a great addition to downtown Mariposa.”

As fall wear starts to enter the scene, Inman said the trends will be a return to 90s fashion with some influences of the 60s and 70s thrown in.

“The 90s are going to be very big this fall, with pieces like high-waisted jeans, slits and the return of textures like velour,” Inman said. “Prints are also going to be very popular this fall.”

Brick Wall Boutique is located at 5027 CA-140 Ste. A in Mariposa. The haberdashery is located next door. Both stores are open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. The store is closed Monday and Tuesday. The shops offer online shopping and curbside pick-up. 

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