A sustainable, artisan clothing and accessories boutique is in the works on Fifth between Degraw and Douglass, in the space last occupied by a real estate office, and before that Scoopz Ice Cream.
Bhoomki translates to "of the earth" in Sanskrit, and that's the overriding philosophy for the shop. It's run by designer Swati Argade Pollak, who's been creating ethically-fashioned, eco-conscious clothing for ten years. The merchandise will focus on brands which source locally, employ traditional artisanship, and use sustainable fabrics.
The majority of the clothing will be designed by Swati herself, who has been on-premises nearly every day assisting with construction. About 75% of the merchandise for sale will be geared toward women, with some items for kids and men, as well as jewelry from recycled materials.
Their opening collection for autumn will be made in New York, and all fabrics and trims have been sourced from local businesses. If all goes to plan, Bhoomki will be open by the end of the month. Along with Hiho Batik and Impeccable Attire, there's been a notable boom of high-quality handmade clothing stores along this stretch of the avenue in recent months.