The Shop Blog
Strange Ways Pairs Up With Paramount March 09 2018
We spoke with local New Haven publication The Arts Paper to speak out our new venture with Paramount Pictures licensing film titles Clueless, Mean Girls, Almost Famous, and Anchorman. In it we talk about how the collaboration works, the inspiration behind the merchandise, and why Strange Ways decided to delve into the licensing business.
“There’s a lack of accountability, especially with the internet now. It’s really … it’s hard to tell what’s original and what’s not. We won’t carry something that’s a ripoff. And that’s where I want Strange Ways to be.”
Take Magazine Interview November 28 2017
Owner and Creative Director of Strange Ways, Alex Dakoulas, recently had a talk with Take Magazine about the shop, how accessories speak to a person, and why we carry queer artists.
“The things we wear, and what we put in our homes is definitely an expression of ourselves.”
Strange Ways in Glamour Magazine November 06 2017
Holiday gift buying season is upon us! And so the shopping lists have begun. Strange Ways was recently picked up by Glamour Magazine, choosing the Accident Prone beanie we carry from Mean Folk. Make sure to try to do your own holiday shopping by shopping small and local when you can!
Interview with Uproxx July 10 2017
Recently was interviewed for a piece at Uproxx about pins as art, DIY style, and the power of social media. Here at Strange Ways we love how pins have become such a great way for independent creatives to thrive and expose their art.
“Pins are an old form, but now they’ve really become little pieces of art. Social media allows artists to promote their own work— and inexpensive, accessible, and wearable items like pins are a perfect way to get their work out to the public. ” –Alex Dakoulas, Strange Ways
Feature in New Haven's Daily Nutmeg January 12 2017
“I feel like you kind of get it or you don’t,” Dakoulas says. “If you walk in and you’re kind of turned off or don’t get it, I feel like you’re not going to. It is sort of a specific consumer.”
Strange Ways in Harper's Bazaar November 29 2016
Holiday shopping is here, and world-reknowned fashion magazine Harper's Bazaar has caught onto how patches are an affordable and unique item to give to loved ones, special friends—or yourself!
Strange Ways was referenced in this gift guide for The Best Gifts Under $20 For Fashion Girls. Read the intro below, and shop their picks.
The holidays are (nearly) here, which means you'll inevitably be pulled into a $20-and-under grab bag situation in the coming weeks. While it's hard to find something quality within that price range, it's not impossible; click through to shop our cheap and chic picks.
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!
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.
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.
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.