If you are looking for a place to shop for work-to-weekend clothes that looks and feels exactly like the community we all love, Sadie’s is the place for you.
“I believe in shopping with a purpose,” said owner Catherine “Cat” Fisher.
Sadie’s opened in November 2017, but has gained popularity with surprising speed. And as you look around, it’s easy to see this store was tailor-made for SOMA. The styles range from staples to trendy, but their tags tell the real story. “We try to stock ethical and philanthropic brands,” said Fisher.
The products sport tags by brands like United By Blue, which pulls 1 pound of garbage from the ocean for each purchase, and Groceries, which uses only eco-friendly, non-toxic materials. And if you purchase a Feed Brand tote, you’ll find a small tag attached telling you how many school lunches they will provide with the purchase of the product.
Some might imagine brands like these might focus too much on message or be so trendy they won’t stand up to a second season. But on Sadie’s shelves, you’ll find a fashion forward “Nasty Woman” tee right next to a super soft, long-sleeved shirt you that will become a wardrobe staple.
And unlike some clothing stores, the men’s section is not just an afterthought. Sadie’s stocks men’s clothing from sweaters to shirts to socks. “I wildly underestimated how many men need a local place to shop for clothes,” said Fisher. “We keep buying larger and larger shipments, and they go so fast.”
Sadie’s store is sprinkled with fun accessories to liven up your outfit. You’ll find Bonfolk socks that donate a pair each time you buy one, and jewelry made by local artisans.
Sadie’s has a user-friendly website in case you want to stay home and shop, but, “It’s hard to buy some things online,” said Fisher. So she keeps Sadie’s well stocked and even creates space for occasional pop-up shops so customers can meet local vendors and check out their products.
And if you need yet another place to buy Sadie’s goods, “we have a great partnership with SOMA General Store, too,” said Fisher of the website for local businesses.
Fisher likes to partner with South Orange in other ways, too. Sadie’s donates 1% of sales to local charities each month. Last month, she donated to Girls Helping Girls. Period., and this month Sadie’s will donate to The Achieve Foundation.
“We are at a point where if you want to make a difference, you need to use your wallet,” said Fisher. And as Sadie’s is proving, making a difference can be stylish.
Sadie’s Men’s, Women’s, and Home Goods
65 Valley St., South Orange, NJ