The Shop Blog
Strange Ways at RuPaul's DragCon LA April 25 2018
We had so much fun at DragCon NYC, that we are making our way across the country to Los Angeles to vend at the next one May 11–13! Strange Ways will have a table for all 3 days at the venue where we'll be selling some of our most popular pins, patches, and other top sellers.
Come shop with us all weekend including our exclusive Drag Queen collabs with Shea Couleé, Laganja Estranja, Laila McQueen, Peaches Christ, and more. We'll also have lots of gay pride and LGBT related flair so you can bling up you jackets, bags, hats, and more. To top off, we'll totally be bringing our Clueless and Mean Girls licensed product—so get your wallets ready!
Visit us at Booth C11 Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
Flair Fair April 14th in New Haven, CT April 02 2018
Our vendor market returns again! This will be just the 2nd Spring-time version of Flair Fair and our poster art by Allison Bamcat shows our excitement for warm weather finally!
The 1 day market features over 10 makers selling pins, patches, buttons, and more collectible pieces of art. If you like Strange Ways—you'll definitely enjoy Flair Fair! It takes places just a few steps away from our storefront in New Haven, CT. The event is free to attend, and will feature a food truck and official after party at Barcade downtown! See you all there for another round.
April 14th — 11AM–4PM
827 Whalley Ave, New Haven, CT
Vendor List + Market Info
RSVP + Invite Friends
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.”
Exclusive Clueless and Mean Girls Merchandise! February 07 2018
Excited to announce that we've teamed up with Paramount Pictures to produce official movie merchandise! So totally proud to introduce both our Clueless and Mean Girls collections—officially licensed and available now only at Strange Ways.
The enamel pins and iron-on patches feature popular slang from some of our favorite lines in the movies. Both Clueless and Mean Girls took girl gangs to a whole new cultural level, and we're proud to be a part of their cult phenomena. It's so fetch!
From The Owner: A Reflection For 2018 January 02 2018
Alex here, Owner & Creative Director of Strange Ways. I spent the first workday of 2018 getting back into the more normal flow of things now that the holiday rush is over. It’s been a weird adjustment, because the shop has grown larger than I ever expected it to. There is not much “normal routine” lately because as Strange Ways grows new tasks, challenges, and projects are put onto the table.
What started out as a passion for showcasing what I’d want to buy, create, and share has turned into a buzzing spot for creative entrepreneurs and DIY-minded individuals to connect with. We’ve been picked up by major publications and we regularly ship packages all over the world. We had our largest sales ever just last month!
The craziest thing is—I can live off the shop. To be able to survive off of something I built was always a dream. I started my own business so I could be my own boss, make my own hours, and earn my own money. I thank you all for allowing me to do just that, while putting money into hustling artists as well. By shopping with us your dollars hit everyone dearly.
It’s been over 3 years since Strange Ways began, and this year is not letting down. I can’t wait to show you new product, collaborate with people I look up to, put on more fun events, and travel to other cities. Strange Ways has grown as online destination, a storefront, and as a brand.
Thank you again for all the support, and keep watching. I’ll try to keep surprising, delighting—and maybe mildly offending you—in the year to come. 😜🍾
Founder & Creative Director
Our First Holiday Market! November 30 2017
We've had a really great time organizing pop-ups at our storefront, and expanding that into our own vendor market we call Flair Fair. But... we still felt there was something missing in the New Haven area and culture scene. The most advantageous time for creative entrepreneurs to get their work out there (and make money from it!) is during the holidays. People are in search of gifts to buy, and they love to support local to find unique items for their loved ones.
Hence, we decided to expand our Flair Fair and host the 1st Flair Fair : Holiday Bazaar. It'll be very similar to our past markets—but with a little bit more room in the vendor assortment beyond pins and patches. This holiday market will also feature other local artists and designers that make unique and interesting items that would make great gifts.
Flair Fair : Holiday Bazaar
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.”
After The Fall November 26 2017
We hadn't created a lookbook in a while, so we wanted to do something more complete + unique if we were gonna rise one back from the dead. Antonio had done such a great job on this Strange Ways Interview, that he was brought on to not only photograph our latest editorial—but create a video lookbook too! Utilizing our staff member Julia, she also customized some vintage pieces using pins + patches. Combine that with some of our fav items we carry at the moment, and we hope it inspires you to express yourself!
Rhode Island Pop-Up at Narragansett Brewing November 13 2017
We've been wanting to do an event in Rhode Island for a while! Luckily, Narragansett asked us to be a part of their Made On Honor Market. It takes place at The Guild in Pawtucket, RI (right next to Providence) where their beer is brewed. Come join us both Saturday and Sunday (plus a bunch of other awesome vendors) to browse our latest and great products, while drinking some delicious brew!
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!