Getting Acquainted: Julianne Bonfilio a.k.a. Jules

For all of us who work at Raspberry Beret, secondhand clothing is more than just a job — it’s a way of life! We may vary greatly in our tastes, but we share the same enthusiasm for sustainable style and great vintage finds. And we think it’s time we shared a bit about ourselves with our awesome customers and consigners.

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Meet Jules, vintage fashion extraordinaire and team member at both our Cambridge and Maynard stores.

Where are you from?

I was born in Waltham (right outside of Boston) but I went to gradeschool in Maynard, where our baby sister location is. You can find me there on Saturdays, styling away. During my time in Maynard, which was most of my life, we did not have a women’s clothing store in town, let alone a sustainable fashion retailer. Growing up in Maynard there wasn’t a single shop for me to buy clothing so most of my time was spent shopping elsewhere on my own!

How would you describe your personal style?

My style is a mix of the decades that influenced my mother (60s, 70s, 80s) and contemporary looks. I like to mix clean lines and structured statement pieces with different textures and unique pieces from the past. 

What are your biggest fashion influences?

Street Fashion, my mom, Stevie Nicks, 90’s Pop Culture.

How did you first become interested in fashion?

I played around with some modeling stuff when I was younger and as long as I can remember I have always had an interest in fashion beyond the norm. 

What do you love about secondhand fashion?

Gosh — I never imagined the secondhand fashion market would evolve the way it has. It used to leave a bad taste in people’s mouths, but now people are embracing it. I knew it was important to me, and I knew I’d attempt to make a living or something out of it, but nothing prepared me for the the idea that thrifting would be as chic as carrying a Bloomies shopping bag. I couldn’t ever afford to carry a big brown bag, and now we live in a time where no one wants to. It’s a bit surreal.

I never thought secondhand clothing would become a platform for income, art, and so much more.  The possibilities I always thought were endless proved to be true in ways I never imagined — now, there are apps tailored to vintage shopping and pickers. I never did this because it was “cool” its a way of life. It has been in my family for generations, and it’s exciting to have so much media dedicated to something I’ve held so dear my whole life.

What are your biggest wardrobe staples? 

Completely outlandish, over-the-top silhouettes and then just the exact opposite; lately I’ve been interested in very simple pieces to layer with.

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

Honestly, I’m always watching bad crime shows, and I love watching anything on Netflix that I can settle into on a cozy day off. Sometimes, depending on the project I’m working on, I will rewatch something from a certain time period for inspiration. For example, this past Halloween my inspiration for some displays were Practical Magic, Halloweentown, The Craft, American Beauty, and Jaw Breaker, so I watched a few to really time travel!

Where do you see yourself in five years?

I am happy to finally say I am settling in nicely to my career specializing in sustainable fashion as well as styling, and I do not see that stopping anytime soon. I am working on some bigger projects for the next year I am extremely excited for as well. 

What is your astrological sign? 

Aquarius

Which traits of your sign (if any) do you most embody? 

hmmm…you tell me! Haha

Rapid-fire Favorites

  • Food: Chicken Fajitas, anything super hot, and ice cream
  • Color: Buttercup Yellow
  • Band: Ugh I love so much music. I have several playlists tailored to each of my crafts. Sometimes when I bartend I really like alternative 80’s — I always love Fleetwood Mac as well as more current stuff like Fever Ray and Saweetie.
  • Movie: American Beauty 
  • Holiday: Halloween and Christmas
  • Designer: Back in the day, I remember falling madly in love with Heatherette. Two guys super ahead of their time rocking a very bubble gum grunge clashed with hip hop street fashion and IT WAS EVERYTHING. But I am a long time fan of Chanel, and recently I have been getting into really small local brands and collaborations. Some of my other favorite spots to shop are Cotillian Bureau in Portsmouth, Global Thrift, estate sales, and Ebay.