Shop News + Events
Yale Daily News Covers Strange Ways and Flair Fair September 16 2016Upon the completion of our first vendor market, Flair Fair, the local Yale Daily News covered the event by speaking with us, vendors, and students that stopped by. Published online and in print, it was a great write-up of what our shop and the event is attempting to do in New Haven.
“I hope we can bring more underground art to New Haven in the future.”
It was overwhelming to see people from all over—yes, even in other parts of New Haven—make their way to the event and the storefront. Not everyone downtown makes their way to our neck of the city, and it was great to see people pay attention. The Strange Ways storefront probably had it's biggest day on Saturday too, so thank you all for coming!
Our First Vendor Market: Flair Fair! August 25 2016
We're going on 2 years of Strange Ways, and our product has always come from independent artists, designers, and small brands. One of the main goals of our shop is to showcase emerging talent we believe in. With the addition of our storefront a year ago, we've invited numerous people to also have pop-up shops in our store.
The natural progression of all of this is to have a larger event, the yearning for something to help establish and celebrate this sense of community in New Haven and beyond laid the seed for Flair Fair. It'll be our first vendor market. Hope to see you there!
Find out all the details: www.TheFlairFair.com
RSVP to the Facebook Event
An update: WE DID IT!
We've Been Ripped Off By Wet Seal August 02 2016
A few days ago we were notified by a customer of Strange Ways that one of our exclusive designs was being sold as a knock-off at popular retailer Wet Seal. The Oh Yeah patch we released in collaboration with illustrator Vaughn Fender not just inspired Wet Seal's, but was (allegedly) literally copied from the patch we put out. It is the same artwork, medium, and colors—right down to the white twill base we chose for this item.
Adding more blow to the situation, the same patch design was knocked off and sold at two separate Etsy shops—Craft Applique and Craft Supplies World. Making things even weirder: the same level of quality to each patch seems to vary. It would be easy to blame one main manufacturer for selling the design to multiple outlets, but with varying degrees of quality the whole situation is confusing.
However, it does bring up the issue of just where do big retailers like Wet Seal buy their product from? If it's not in-house designs, are they just sourcing from a random catalog of items? The originality of big, fast-fashion corporations is thrown out the window when you seem examples like this, and I hope it makes more people want to shop at small businesses and independent outlets. This has become a big issue in the last few weeks after it was revealed 40+ designs from independent designers (many whom we carry at Strange Ways) were ripped off by Zara alone.
To make it clear, any item we sell at Strange Ways (that is not vintage stock) is bought directly from artists, created ourselves, or we work with artists to create exclusive items while compensating them appropriately.
If you'd like to support the original Oh Yeah patch, we've worked with Vaughn Fender again to reprint this sold out item. You can purchase it here, with delivery in 3-4 weeks.
Since finding out about this, Vaughn has reached out to all 3 parties selling this ripped off artwork and luckily they've taken down the patches (online). No news on whether Vaughn will be paid royalties for his stolen artwork. Check back here for any updates.
Strange Ways in GQ July 15 2016
GQ Magazine put out a photo guide called “How to Ace Kanye West's Effortless Summer Style” and linked directly to our shop! In reference to a photo of Kanye in a white denim jacket with a large, customized design down the side the caption read:
The rest of us are just customers, but when you're a music icon it's not a problem to have your artist friend customize your white jean jacket. For the rest of us, a few patches on a white jean jacket are a quick way to keep your look from feeling sterile.
We Are Orlando June 16 2016
For the rest of June 100% of the profits from our Queer patch will be donated to the victims of the Pulse nightclub shootings.
June is also LGBT Pride Month and there's nothing to be ashamed of for being gay, queer, trans, or any type of identification that feels true to you. Love yourself, and care for others when they need it. If you're in Florida, I also suggest donating blood if you can.
Strange Ways X Urban Outfitters April 11 2016
We're honored to have Strange Ways be invited to Urban Outfitters New Haven to help celebrate their 15th anniversary. We were also asked to collaborate with them on an exclusive patch for the evening! It will be given away with every purchase during that event. Stop on by from 5–8PM (we're going to stay set up until they close at 9PM tho) for our pop-up shop plus free music, local beer, and more.
Our pals at Vintanthromodern were also asked to be a part of the event, and to celebrate we've teamed up to create one-of-a-kind customized pieces using apparel from their shop, and flair from ours. Come get first dibs!
Strange Ways in Seventeen Magazine March 29 2016
A couple months ago the Accessories team over at Seventeen magazine reached out to Strange Ways. They said they were working on something for the magazine based around patches. The April issue has come out with a feature on DIY style showcasing patches we carry in the shop that we sent over to them.
Pick up the current issue today to see for yourself! Big props to all the cool designers, artists, and small brands we carry here at Strange Ways making cool things.
Matt Dallas in Strange Ways March 17 2016
Created a custom Area 51 Alien Army jacket for our pal Matt Dallas. Known for playing an alien on TV's Kyle XY, thought this theme was pretty fitting (and fun). Matt was nice enough to take some shots for us too see. Doesn't it look good on him!?
We'll have a few new pieces we've worked on with Poor George Vintage for sale in our Custom section next week. Stay tuned!
Second Saturdays in Westville March 10 2016
Our storefront is located in the Westville Village section of New Haven, where a passionate group of business owners and creatives are coming together. This Saturday is the launch of a monthly Second Saturday event in Westville.
Recently the West River Arts opened at 909–911 Whalley Ave where numerous artist studios now exist.
With artist studios come open studios. With open studios come fun events! Besides being able to browse freely between artist studios, we've teamed up with Lotta Studio and the Yale Humanist Community to host a reading by author Katie Heaney on her new book Dear Emma. Katie currently lives in New York working as a Senior Editor for Buzzfeed.
We will also be lining up the day's events with our latest chalk mural. Come to the storefront from 10AM–4PM to watch local artist Dionel Altreche illustrate on our chalkboard wall while you shop. 10% off too!
Sad Valentine's Day Party February 10 2016
Not everyone loves Valentine's Day. In fact—does anyone really enjoy it all that much?? If you're in a relationship there's a bunch of pressure to “prove” to your partner you care about them—like the rest of the days you show it don't matter. If you're not in a relationship, then you're reminded you're alone and wonder why you're a gross monster. (If you're single and happy, good!)
Well here at Strange Ways we want to make Valentine's Day fun again. So we're throwing a party! Join us for our 2nd After Hours event at the shop as we all commiserate together at a Sad Valentine's Day Party. Hang with other sad + single saps for some local design, live art, and delicious cupcakes. If you're old enough, bring some booze to drown your sorrows too. (If couples want to come feel free, but no smiling!)
Pop-Up Shop by Gentlepersons Gently
Live Chalk Art by Crystal Claire
Yummy Cupcakes by Hardcore Sweet
New Year Gathering January 15 2016
Daniel Zender Pop-Up Shop + Live Mural December 11 2015
Tomorrow we're very excited to have one of our favorite artists at the shop! Daniel Zender (maker of all this cool stuff!) will be at the storefront selling his latest zines, pins, apparel, and more. Not only that, but he'll also be the latest artist to tackle our chalk mural wall. Mr. Zender will be adding his art to our entrance wall this month.
Come stop by and see it all in action!
Forgotten Youth Supply Holiday '15 + Look Book Party December 10 2015
Strange Ways holds its first true After Hours event at the storefront. Come check out local clothing brand Forgotten Youth Supply's latest release, and view scenic photographs from their Icelandic-shot look book “Along the Ringroad” in our gallery.
Hardcore Sweet Cupcakes will also be selling delicious treats that night, including vegan options. Plus, we're making your holiday gift shopping a little easier by offering 20% off all items in the shop!
Feel free to BYOB, and come play our 60-game arcade system—which will be on free play. Good times await you on the start to your Friday evening.
RSVP to the Facebook event
Strange Ways at Holiday Haven December 03 2015
Every December for the past few years some of the best (in our opinion) Connecticut small businesses and creatives come together for Holiday Haven in New Haven. Even though we now have a storefront, Strange Ways will still be a part of it! Come get all your holiday shopping done in one sweep and support local businesses at the same time.
This year is takes place downtown at The Happiness Lab at The Grove, and there will also be goodies from three different food vendors. Why wouldn't you come and browse all this goodness?!
Please note our storefront will be *closed* this day for the event.
Small Business Saturday Event November 27 2015
We can't compete with the box big retailers for Black Friday, so our sales that day are strictly for online customers. But the day after we'll be in full force for Small Business Saturday at the storefront. Remember to support small and local for the holidays when you're gift shopping. It's probably the biggest buying season of the year and your sales really effect small business owners.
Strange Ways will be hosting a DIY Workshop where we'll have tools handy for you to apply the patches, pins, and more that you've been collecting to your clothing, bags, hats, etc. You're welcome to bring your own, or shop in-store that day. We'll have 20% off all of our items, but we'll also be hosting Poor George Vintage in the shop who will be selling great vintage finds if you're looking for a perfect denim jacket or flannel. To top it off Hardcore Sweet will be there selling delicious cupcakes!
There's only one place you should stop in Saturday for shopping—and that's with us! We're even having extended hours until 6PM, so please come on by.
Mean Folk at Strange Ways November 20 2015
New England is a fairly small place made up of a bunch of tiny states, so we consider the whole area family. With that, we're happy to have our neighbors to the North at the storefront this Saturday. Vermont-based brand Mean Folk will be selling their latest wears, pins, patches, and more.
We'll also be debuting an exclusive collaborative t-shirt that day, so come get your first dibs on it!
Better Shopping at www.strange-ways.com November 16 2015
It's been over a year now that our online shop has launched (Wahoo!). Since then there's been a need to update how we do things. Strange Ways has grown tremendously since it began—now shipping out hundreds of items a week in addition to our (now permanent) storefront. We've gained many new customers and followers, grown our product assortment, and in general just learned a thing or two.
With that I'm glad to say there's been some changes made to make it even easier to buy from us—particularly in our online shop.
Currently still operating as 1 man show, up until a couple months ago I was still hand-writing addresses and standing in line at the post office every time I needed to ship out a batch of orders. THIS TOOK FOREVER.
I'm very happy to say we now use a postage-buying system like the big boys, complete with scale and speedy label printer. This makes everything go faster, and you benefit by not waiting as long for orders to be packed up and sent on their way.
You will never pay more than $4.99 for shipping on U.S. orders. Pricing has been reduced for shipping within the United States to just $2.99 for orders under $40. All other orders are $4.99—unless you're over $80, then it's completely free.
All U.S. orders now include free tracking, which is sent to you via e-mail upon confirmation of shipment.
All across the board on the different products we carry I've been keeping up with competition, our minimum order quantities, and our profit margins. I've dropped prices all around on various items from t-shirts to nail decals.
The most beneficial change to note (since it's one of our biggest sellers) is that pin prices have dropped an average of $1 to $2. Most pins will now run you on average $8 or $9.
Along with other minor site details, I've been implementing these larger changes over the past 6 weeks to make sure any kinks were smoothed out. Hopefully many of you didn't even realize any changes were being made, because things have just gone smoothly. The goal is to have shopping at Strange Ways be easy and frustration-free!
Feel free to let me know directly if you have any issues buying from us in the online shop from here on out, and thank you for shopping at Strange Ways!
Founder & Creative Director
Strange Ways in the New Haven Register November 10 2015
Some more good press for the storefront! Last week we were in the New Haven Independent, and this week Strange Ways is featured in the New Haven Register—in print too! Read about the shop, and check out a nice photo gallery of the storefront at the link below.
Strange Ways in the New Haven Independent October 27 2015
Photo by Markeshia Ricks
Establishing a proper homebase for Strange Ways has been in the works for a while—a headquarters for all stock, a place to package and ship orders, and more importantly: create an environment to display product and welcome the public into our world. Now that we have a permanent set-up, the Strange Ways storefront is starting to get some buzz! Recently a great local publication stopped in to talk about why we chose New Haven, CT, our mentality for setting up a storefront, and why Strange Ways is different than other shops.
Live Lore Podcast + Aaron Mahnke Meet & Greet October 21 2015
We love a little spook, which is why we're very happy to be a part of bringing the Lore podcast to New Haven!
Lore is a popular podcast that focuses on telling the history behind the true and unusual tales of the past. Folklore and legends on ghosts, creatures, and more are retold with chilling atmosphere.
Strange Ways worked with the venue Lyric Hall (just a 2 minute walk from our storefront) to bring a live reading of Lore just in time for Halloween. The historic venue will also bring about a certain haunted charm for the day. The first timeslot for this event SOLD OUT in presale, so another one was added. Don't wait on tickets!
After each reading the creator, Aaron Mahnke, will be walking on over to Strange Ways to meet fans, sell merchandise, and sign items.
Magneticfest: VHS Swap Meet and Screening Day October 15 2015
Join us this Saturday for the very first Magneticfest, happenings at Lyric Hall down the road from our storefront. Strange Ways is a sponsor of the event that brings together lovers of retro film and physical media in a day when everything is getting lost in the cloud.
We'll have a table at the event selling various VHS titles and VHS-related memorabilia, along with other vendors. There will also be screenings all day long.
Also happening this weekend in our hood is a Deadlift to Smash the Patriarchy event that supports the Connecticut Chapter of the National Organization for Women. And both days will feature live steamroller artist printing as part of City Wide Open Studios. Come spend the weekend in New Haven—specifically, Westville Village!
Strange Ways in Refinery29 October 06 2015
Been getting some great press recently; this time by über-cool culture website Refinery29. They did a large press article covering the state of pin culture currently and how people are able to support independent artists in the process. Strange Ways was called as top shopping spot for this, while also highlighting the fact that we carry female-driven brands and LGBT artists.
“Strange Ways has become a go-to
destination for pins from artists like these
who maybe make just a few pieces.”
Very happy for all of these call-outs! You can read the whole article here.
Strange Ways in StyleCaster September 22 2015
StyleCaster is one the most well-read blogs on style and fashion trends. Recently they put together a list of iron-on patch designs to add to your denim jacket for Fall. We were very happy to see many of them focused on Strange Ways! We were one of only 2 places recommended to buy from.
If you're looking for any easy way to keep up with the trends, go dust off that old jacket and slap on some new patches. View their entire list at the link below, then shop our selection of patches.
Live Mural Event w/ Artist Josh LaFayette September 18 2015
Oooh, I'm so excited to announce this weekend's event(s)! We're having artist Josh LaFayette in the shop BOTH days. (We recently released two exclusive patches with him.) First he'll be updating our chalk wall with some new art. Then he'll work on a proper backsplash mural that'll stay permanent behind our counter.
Contrary to what his fun illustrations may suggest, we will *not* be serving fast food deliciousness—BUT we'll be offering 10% off everything in the shop. Come hang out!
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