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U.S Chamber Of Commerce Feature August 30 2022

Somehow, for some reason, the United States Chamber of Commerce knows about Strange Ways! And they wanted to chat with owner Alex Dakoulas about what is means to own a business that powerfully-influenced by the customers we serve and draw to our unique little store. Commerce and community is an interesting combo, and it's nice to see some recognition about how standing up for your values can draw customers in.

Strange Ways Founder on Passion and Community in Business


Seventeen Magazine | Best Friend Gifts 2020 December 05 2020

It's been a bit of time since we received any mainstream press. This holiday season Seventeen Magazine chose the Fuck Off Rose Socks we carry as part of one of their gift guides. The last time they featured anything from our store was over 4 years ago, so this is pretty cool!

55 Thoughtful Holiday Gifts Your Best Friend Will Genuinely Love


Shopify Gift Better Guide November 19 2020

We've been gladly chosen as part of Shopify's #GiftBetter Guide that helps spread support for independent shops this holiday season. They teamed up with select influencers and artist Adam J. Kurtz (whose work we carry!) chose one of our newer tapestries as part of his picks. View the entire guide below, and remember to shop small for gifts this year more than ever!

Gift Ideas for Interior Delights
by Adam J. Kurtz

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.”

READ MORE: Strange Ways Pairs Up With Paramount
SHOP THE MERCH: Our exclusive Clueless and Mean Girls items

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.”

The Strange Ways of Alex Dakoulas

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!


101 Awesome Holiday Gifts Under $25

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

READ MORE: How Enamel Pins Are Using Instagram To Take Over The World

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.”

• Read the entire article at Daily Nutmeg

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 2016

Upon 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!

Read the entire Yale Daily News article here.