Meet Our Newest Team Member

Though we are sad to see our cherished Molly Meador leave the shop, we are excited to introduce our newest hire:

Maria Mendoza

We asked Maria a few questions to help you get to know her.

So, Maria, where are you from?

I was born in Boston but I’ve lived in Somerville for most of my life. I was raised in East Somerville. My family is from El Salvador though!

How would you describe your personal style? What are your biggest fashion influences?

My style is greatly influenced by the 90s, I love researching different outfits that celebrities and my parents wore in the 90s. I am currently obsessed with Julia Roberts, Winona Ryder, and Princess Diana. I also love looking at what my current favorite artists are wearing. I am very much interested in the Hip Hop culture and the new indie wave that’s been very popular amongst the artsy teens these days. I am all about incorporating elements from all sorts of subcultures. I think it definitely allows for the rest of the world to see a different idea of what style can be and how open it can be.

What is it about secondhand fashion that you love?

I love that you can find newfound appreciation for the smallest, most intimate details in beautiful, underrated objects. I love the idea that it has brought me closer to myself and people I find most important in my life. Both my parents were heavily immersed in their own sense of style and I love thinking that I’m allowing myself to embrace and take in what they were instead of merely admiring what they did with their own individuality.

Is there anything that you’ve been binge watching lately?

I am a queen of re-watching shows that I’ve binged in the past so right now I am re-watching That 70s Show and Gilmore Girls. Both shows have such a special place in my heart and I will always take comfort in the fact that they’ll be there for me when things aren’t always great. I have also recently finished “Easy”, “Heart of Dixie”, and am currently finishing the third season of “Crown”!

Where do you see yourself in five years?

I feel sort of in-between stages in this point of my life so looking into the future can be a little overwhelming for me BUT I still want to have fashion be a big part of my life even if it’s merely playing dress up on the daily. As far as my career goes, I think I’ve always been passionate about Special Education and Counseling so I’d love to have that be something I at least consider within those years. I love creative writing so if i’m able to gain more experience in that department, even if it’s just a side thing that would make me happy. I want to be able to explore all my interests thoroughly and not ever wonder what could have been. Oh, and it would be swell to find me the man at that point LOL. 

What are your biggest wardrobe staples?

Currently LOVE anything corduroy and crazy cool graphic tees such as my bright purple distressed Harley tee and my oversized Coltrane gem (I got a few that I always gravitate towards and they never seem to lose their appeal). I love my 512 Levi’s that I thrifted for like 3 bucks years back and my Bongo jeans that remind me of the series “Carrie Diaries” for some reason. 


Favorites

Food I’m always down for any Central American dish, pupusas always got my back. I love love ice cream sandwiches, definitely go through an out of body experience when i eat those little guys. 

Color This always changes as the seasons change but I found that turquoise has managed to remain up there for me. 

Season My favorite season has got to be fall for sure, I’m aware that tends to be a common answer but it just warms my soul right up. For some reason I feel the most balanced and in tune with myself during those months.

Band My top genres at the moment are Hip Hop, Rap, and Indie pop. As far as Hip Hip/Rap goes, Mick Jenkins has got to be one of my greatest inspirations for me. Then it’s got to be Frank Ocean, Tyler the Creator, Saba, Smino, Cousin Stizz (the list can honestly go on with this genre). But outside of that culture, I love Men I trust, Billie Holiday, Blood Orange, The NBHD, etc. I’m always down for some motown and soul music though, catch me dancing around in my bedroom to “Try a Little Tenderness” like Duckie in “Pretty in Pink”.

Movie I don’t have any current movies atm but my all-time favorite movies are Goodwill Hunting, Moonrise Kingdom, Garden State, The Fighter, Roma, The commitments, etc. I’m SUPER into boxing movies, that always hits a spot for me.

Designer I’m not a big brand person, I don’t love looking at names when it comes to clothing just because I like to give every piece of clothing a chance with me before I allow myself to get swept up with the tag. But I love what Chanel, Ralph Lauren, Versace and Tom Ford were doing in the 90s! 

Era of fashion I think I can be a little biased with this but the 90s era of fashion has a special place in my heart. Like said before, my parents were super fly back then so I try to do them proud.

Join Our Team!

We are looking for a new dedicated team member for our Cambridge location! This is a part time position, 20-30 hours per week, starting in early/mid-November. Read more below:

Raspberry Beret is a local boutique that specializes in new and consigned women’s fashion—a go-to for modern style, classic vintage, and luxury clothing and accessories. From Gucci and Hermes to Bonwit Teller and Alfred Shaheen and so much in between, Raspberry Beret aims to provide high quality, unique pieces at a reasonable price.

CANDIDATE REQUIREMENTS

  • Previous retail/sales experience (consignment/secondhand a plus!)
  • Weekend (Thur-Sun) availability.
  • Working knowledge of and interest in learning about modern and vintage brands, styles, and values.
  • Attention to detail/eye for style — ability to accurately identify and describe inventory in our database (fabrics, colors, garment styles, patterns, etc.), maintaining displays and store appearance/cleanliness, providing customers and consignors with a personalized, thorough experience.
  • Social Media literacy (Instagram, facebook, Poshmark) — ability to compose on-brand photos and captions for all social media outlets, willingness to appear in photos, baseline knowledge of product photography, sharing content across multiple platforms.
  • Computer literacy — Google suite (Calendar, Docs, Sheets, Gmail), Windows 10, data entry/POS software, ability to accurately research items to find their value.
  • Ability to be on your feet for long periods of time and ability to carry up to 40lbs of inventory throughout the store, including up and down to our basement multiple times a day.
  • Friendly, approachable, professional demeanor — You will be dealing with lots of people with lots of different attitudes. We need to meet them all with the same level of professionalism.
  • Sense of humor, wit, confident attitude — We have a lot of fun here, and we want our customers to share in and feed off of that experience.
  • Eagerness to learn and be an integral part of our team!

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Open, close the store on your own. Shifts start/end 30 minutes before/after open/close.
  • Provide customers with an attentive, fun, successful shopping experience — answering their questions, starting fitting rooms for them, listening to them talk about their lives even though you didn’t ask, helping them find the right pieces to complete their vision.
  • Answering/screening calls and emails with signature Raspberry Beret professionalism.
  • General store maintenance — vacuuming, dusting, emptying fitting rooms and returning items to their correct location in the store, merchandising/displays, sizing/colorizing racks…
  • Tagging (data entry: describing items, researching and identifying the right prices) new inventory in a timely manner.
  • Posting regularly to social media (Instagram, facebook, Poshmark). This is where knowledge of product photography is crucial.
  • Ring up sales, taking cash, debit/credit, and gift certificate payments
  • Marking down inventory as needed.
  • Familiarize yourself with our inventory, as it is constantly changing, to best serve our customers.
  • Book consignment appointments.
  • Ensure consignors are aware of our policies and procedures.
  • Select items for consignment. We’ll teach you what to look for!
  • Communicate efficiently with co-workers and management about store happenings and any conflicts, scheduling issues, etc.
  • Complete any general tasks as needed.

This position is a great opportunity for anyone looking to advance themselves in the world of sustainable fashion. While our store is female-focused, we encourage any and all interested parties to apply. Raspberry Beret is an inclusive and supportive business that does not discriminate against individuals based on their age, race, religion, size, sexual orientation, or gender identity.

TO APPLY email your resume and a blurb about yourself to cambridgeraspberryberet@gmail.com.

Caps, Caps For Sale!

The many faces of owner Rachael Bankey

Hat season is upon us! Always wanted to be A Hat Girl but been too scared or not sure how to style them? Need something for you Halloween costume? Stop by and let us help you pick out a dome piece that’s perfect for you. We have a range of styles and colors to choose from!

Clean your closet and make money!

Are you inspired by Marie Kondo and her lovely message of sparking joy?

Don’t forget to set aside your better spring things to sell with us.

Maybe they will spark joy for someone else.

Call for an appointment

Maynard 978-897-8300

Cambridge 617-354-3700

NEW HOMES FOR OUR THINGS!

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We love to hear from you. We are planning on starting a new section on this blog about your very own style.

Send us your fashion pictures with items from Raspberry Beret and we will be happy to publish them. Tell us why you love our accessories, clothes or style and we will make sure you get a discount for your next shopping day!

Send high quality pictures to rberetmarketin@gmail.com