Nestled in the eclectic neighborhood of Hampden in West Baltimore you can find K.Staton; a boutique whose reputation has received high marks in the curvy community for its diverse selection of contemporary plus-sized clothing. The moment I entered the store I had a hard time trying to figure out why I had never been to pay a visit. A small fashion emergency is what finally prompted me to venture to Hampden- an up-and-coming neighborhood known for its amazing vintage clothing and unique dining options. The week before my birthday found me waiting for the dress I ordered to be delivered so off to K. Stanton I went in hopes of finding a suitable plan B in the event my dress did not arrive in time.
I immediately fell in love with the infectious personality of the boutiques owner- Jade Greer who was warm, welcoming and an obvious advocate for the curvy community. I also found an amazing selection of everything from accessories to a great range of clothing for “luxury sized” women. After a few minutes chatting with Greer I knew I had to interview the dynamic woman behind the boutique so we set up some time to meet and I left out of the store with a smile on my face, a new jacket in my bag and excitement from my retail experience.
Here’s my interview with Jade Greer:
GF: How long has the boutique been open?
JG: The boutique has been in existence for 2.5 years since August of 2009.I’ve been in this space for 5 months and I was 2 blocks north for 2 years
GF: What is the motivation for the name of the boutique?
JG: K. Staton is actually aka Kimberly Staton, my mom. She had breast cancer so that’s why I participate in the Susan G. Komen breast cancer walk- we have a K. Staton team, she was my motivation, she was my encouragement she was my love. I was racking my brain to come up with a name- it was curvy this, voluptuous that and one night my husband just said, why don’t you just call it K. Staton? The day we opened our doors was August 24th, 2009 and that was the day my mom passed. I wanted to associate the day with something positive.
GF: Tell me a little bit about some of the designers you carry in the boutique?
JG: We carry Kyonna, which does well, and as of last season we started carrying Monif C, we’ve also had some Jibri in here. I will be introducing Blue Plate this spring/summer. (A vintage, casual free- flowing designer that will work well for spring/summer)
GF: Tell me a little bit about your customers…
JG: Oh- my girls, I call them my girls and they range between the ages of 25-55. My girls are my joys, my loves. My girl can be professional, but she can also go out to the bar.
GF: What advice would you have for young girls- between pre-teen to high school age who feel like there’s no place for them in fashion because they are curvy?
JG: That’s a lie. I can understand why they might feel like that because I was like that- I wasn’t always a person who loved my curves. I want to be in their face to show them you can be stylish and plus size. I want to emphasize confidence- you have to own it (your curves).
GF: Tell me when you had a turning point, when you began to embrace your curves and recognized your authentic beauty?
JG: I would attribute it to a couple of different things: the first was when I met my husband. I met him when I was 15 and he showed me how a woman was supposed to be treated. He loved me for my curves and with my curves. Also when I started making my own money, driving my own car, that sense of independence gives women identity.
GF: What do you see as the next steps for the boutique?
JG: When I first opened, I was a store within a store so I was always pushing to get my own storefront. So God blessed with that so now I am just going to develop and grow it and really concentrate on making this location the best I can make it. I give myself like two years and then I will have a second location.
GF: Who are some of your favorite designers?
JG: I love Michael Kors; I love Asos- I love simplistic, kind of modern, chic stuff. I love Monif, she’s great.
GF: Any last minute thoughts to share?
JG: Fashion is so emotional, it can lift you up on your lowest days. You go and get your hair done, put on a dress and get your heels and it doesn’t matter your size.
Visit K. Staton at:
1007 W 36th St, #A Baltimore, MD 21211