Maven turns two

by Amanda Bedgood

Local store celebrates

It's been two years since Maven Menswear arrived at Main Street in River Ranch with Christina and Daniel Barbier at the helm selecting trend worthy menswear. In that time they've grown into a staple for sharp dressed men looking for something that's often simple in shape but high on design with international boutique styles from the likes of RVCA and WESC. And in that time they've also delved into the world of womenswear with their sister store across the street. On Friday they celebrate it all with a big fat First Friday bash.

"We have exceeded our expectations and are so thrilled to have the support of Lafayette's trendsetters as clients," Christina says.

She says they are extremely proud to now carry national brands like Cole Haan, American Apparel and Nixon while maintaining their unique stock of more boutique-like brands. It looks like the two's won't be too terrible for the decisive Christina and crew.

"We plan to continue to stay committed to our mission of bringing great style on a budget with exceptional customer service to the people of Lafayette and beyond," she says.

Thanks to the newly opened online they'll be reaching the masses in a whole new way. But, it's the experience of shopping at a Maven store that's what stands out from the vintage guitars at the men's shop to the quirky artwork at the ladies' store and the staff that have a way of pairing the unexpected in a way that makes sense. And, of course, the maven of Maven - Christina - who has a sharp tongue and sharper eye for style with an uncanny ability to prove in just minutes that she knows what she's doing. She is, after all, a maven.

First Friday is slated for this Friday from 6 to 9 with The Wooden Wings at Maven in River Ranch.