New women’s boutique opens in Uptown

Excelsior-based designer Cynthia Rae is taking her “fun, funky and affordable” brand of fashion to Uptown.

Just in time for spring, Rae opened her second women’s boutique (the other is in Excelsior) at 2817 Hennepin Ave. S. in Lowry Hill East.

Asked how her Uptown inventory will differ from the Excelsior location, Rae said “it’ll be a little more adventurous, featuring more experimental fashion.”

Rae’s boutiques stock on-trend designs, supplemented by some of her own creations.

“Everything we do is very affordable so that everyone can look very fashionable without breaking the bank,” she said.

Queried about what’s hot this spring, Rae cited loose-fitting tops and mixed prints – for instance, she said that it’s perfectly acceptable, and perhaps even fashionable, to wear a striped top with a polka-dotted skirt here in 2011.

And after months of being subjected to dirty snowbanks, March and April are all about color, color, color.

“We’ve had such a long winter, so everyone is tired of gray and black. Color is huge,” Rae said.

A Twin Cities native, Rae loved creating clothes for her Barbie dolls while a youngster. She eventually expanded her interest in making and designing clothes to include full-size humans and opened her Excelsior boutique about a decade ago.

A grand opening celebration will take place sometime this spring.

For more information about Cynthia Rae’s Uptown boutique, call the store at 401-4484.