Alanna Rayford

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Alanna Rayford, Urban Stitch

17th and Broadway, Oakland | urbanstitchboutique.com

What does your business offer and why should people check it out?
We showcase local and emerging designers from around the world. We have been a grass rooted retailer that focuses on your experience as much as your wardrobe.

What do you love most about community in Oakland?
Our ability to relate to one another, no matter what our individual goals may be.

Do you partner with local suppliers/craft people/artists? Why?
Yes. That is the basis of our business. Without local makers, we have nothing.

Craft: AlannaRayford photo
Craft: AlannaRayford photo
“We showcase local and emerging designers from around the world. We have been a grass rooted retailer that focuses on your experience as much as your wardrobe. I chose Oakland for its spirit, people and community pride.”
What inspired you to start your business? Why did you choose Oakland?
I chose Oakland for its spirit, people and community pride. I wanted to live and work in the same city that inspires growth, through creativity and the people who make it happen.

What are a few of your favorite businesses in downtown Oakland? Why?
Suru Brand Store- For their global focus of style and human diversity , Viscera- For her commitment to design execution and sustainability , Soul Space- For their community engagement through so many platforms – fashion, art, and activism.

Craft: AlannaRayford photo