HAREM & COMPANY
1638 E. Republic Rd., Springfield, 417-881-0602, haremboutique.com
Open Mon.–Wed. and Fri., 10 a.m.–6 p.m.; Thurs., 10 a.m.–7 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
You might notice a familiar sight at Harem & Company’s new location: When the popular Springfield boutique moved, it brought along those distinguished wooden doors that greeted shoppers. “It’s funny, because a lot more people are commenting on the doors now that we’re here,” says owner Kathi Cryderman.
Those gorgeous old doors open into a fashion-filled wonderland that has a way of making you feel welcome at first sight. Three sparkling chandeliers hang at the back of the store, and the décor, mostly shades of white, taupe, black and gray, creates an industrial-like backdrop that makes merchandise practically jump off of the racks.
A well-known destination in the 417-land shopping world, Harem & Company moved into its new location on East Republic Road in December 2014. “The most recognizable difference is the openness of the space,” Cryderman says. While the new location is roughly the same size as the former one, large windows, abundant lighting, an open floor plan and tasteful décor make it feel extra-spacious. Many of the other location’s notable pieces, such as the wooden display counter and the neon signs, provide a bit of familiarity.
While the location is all new, not everything has changed. The quality customer service and contemporary clothing lines are still as great as ever. Customers can still find designer labels including Rachel Zoe, Kate Spade, Sachin + Babi, House of Harlow, Elizabeth and James and BCBG Max Azria while they enjoy freshly baked cookies, free in-town delivery, free gift wrapping and free alterations on full-priced merchandise. “Our store is for the woman who recognizes the value of good clothing and expects the best shopping experience,” Cryderman says. And backed with plenty of knowledge of current contemporary clothing lines, the Harem staff gives every customer the attention they deserve.
Q&A with Harem & Company owner Kathi Cryderman
417 Magazine: What was your first-ever experience with fashion?
Kathi Cryderman: When I was around 4 years old, after playing in my mom’s heels, I received my first pair of plastic high heels. They were open-toe with elastic bands holding my feet in. I was in heaven!
417: What do you look for when ordering merchandise?
K.C.: I want to “feel the love.” Clothing has to resonate with the architecture of design, color, fabrication and wearability.
417: What is the worst outfit you’ve ever worn?
K.C.: Ha! Well, that’s very subjective! Now when I look back at certain trends from over the years, I do cringe (e.g., shoulder pads worthy of an NFL player); however, at the time, it was all so current! I love fashion. I love the changes, and I always look forward to new design.
417: What are three words that describe your merchandise?
K.C.: On-trend, contemporary and quality
417: What is your favorite season to shop for and why?
K.C.: Fall-winter because of the variety of luxe fabrics and designs, like cashmeres, furs, velvets, sweaters, leathers, boots and more boots.