“I’m a little bit country, and I’m a little bit rock n roll.” The immortal words of Donny & Marie Osmond inspire Tomboy, a boutique located at 1207 Soquel Avenue in Santa Cruz. The shop, owned by Debbie Graves and Summer Duppen, carries vintage and vintage-inspired clothing and accessories. The vibe is immediately warm and welcoming - shoppers can relax in antique wooden furniture or peruse vintage records for sale. One of Tomboy’s best assets is its well-curated selection of merchandise, in particular a huge selection of vintage cowboy boots, as well as leather and denim jackets.
Tomboy has stood out from other local vintage and used clothing stores by having a unique and well-crafted vision. Each piece inexplicably says, “Tomboy.” Some of my favorites were a vintage denim jumpsuit from the 1970s and two leather and suede capes from the 1960s. Tomboy is simultaneously nostalgic and fresh - each vintage piece can be transformed into an entirely modern look. This was the goal of SlugStyle’s collaboration with Tomboy: to pay homage to the past while incorporating newer styles.
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