“Catch Me If You Can” kimono, $60
Shopping for the holidays is easier when you can do it locally. And if you want to get started earlier, check out Wildly Smitten on South Fullerton Avenue. Sharing an awning with 73 See Gallery’s Living Pop Up Gallery, new men’s accessory shop – Speer & Crane, and Bistro 18, the boutique was originally located in Nutley, but moved in 2013 to reach Montclair’s fashion forward clientele.
Owned by Raphaella Gesumaria, the mood of the store is soothing with white walls, hard wood floors, and clutter free space. The eye-catching clothes are hung neatly, not shoved into racks, making it easier to find a size. Gesumaria, who has been modeling since she was 10 years old, travels all over the world, giving her the opportunity to hand pick special items for Wildly Smitten.
“This store is special because it isn’t like one of those stores that sells random items. Raphaella picks each item because she likes them and hopes everyone else will like them too,” says sales associate Aria Irizarry. Voluspa Candles, clothing by Australian brand For Love & Lemons, and vintage inspired jewelry are some of the varieties that Wildly Smitten has to offer.