Q and A: Claudette Myers at Desert Bloom Boutique
May 30, 2012
Claudette Myers has created her own fashion world at Desert Bloom Boutique, 27 North Stone Avenue. Desert Bloom has evolved quite a bit since Myers opened the store in July 2003. She taps fascinating fashions from unlikely places like Australia, Germany, Canada, Yugoslavia and Vermont. “I never thought of Vermont as a fashion center,” she said. “I sell to women who have a lot of sass, who know when they look good.”
Q: What are you seeing in these odd countries?
Myers: I’m seeing going against the rules, lots of texture, mixing with a lot of colors.
Q: What’s your style philosophy?
Myers: If everybody’s got it, I don’t want it or I already had it two years ago.
Q: What’s on your mind today?
Myers: The minute a customer walks through my door, that’s what’s on my mind. I can really capture who you are. Women say “I would have never picked that for myself.” They trust I have a good eye. They all tell me the did wear it to a party and they were the rage.
Q: What did you do before you got into retail?
Myers: Human services, therapeutic arts, that’s what I was, in New Mexico. Early childhood education.
Q: Why did you open your store Downtown?
Myers: When I was looking for a space, I wanted to be Downtown. I like things that are a challenge and this is a challenge.
Q: How has Downtown turned out for you?
Myers: It’s worked for me with all the challenges. I’m not a mall type of person.
Q: How has your store changed since you opened?
Myers: Radically, it’s not even the same. I started out with home goods, lamps and furniture, high-end gold. Then I brought in men’s shirts.
Q: How did you get into women’s fashions?
Myers: This is where I wanted to go but I didn’t know it back then. But I needed the clientele first.
Q: How have your ideas of Downtown changed?
Myers: They haven’t.
Q: What do you like to do when you’re away from the store?
Myers: When I’m not working, I have three huge dogs. I’m always taking them for a walk.
Q: What are your favorite Downtown events?
Myers: Tucson Meet Yourself, absolutely. Like my clothes, it’s the colors, the texture of the food, the people. The different people. I love different.
Q: How long have you lived in Tucson?
Myers: About 18 years. I was born and raised in Santa Fe.
Q: What future do you see with the streetcar?
Myers: It’s going to be great. I can’t wait.
Q: What impact do you see student housing having?
Myers: Ditto with the streetcar.