“Little girls are precious gifts, wrapped in love serene Their dresses tied with sashes and futures tied with dreams.” — Author Unknown
Fusing fabulous fashion and fun, Spencer and James is a magical children’s boutique and lifestyle destination where little girls’ dress-up dreams come true.
It is the place where impeccable style and premium quality blend seamlessly with outstanding and personalized service. Focusing not only on the clothes, they also draw inspiration from the precious little people who wear their collections, anticipating the needs of these young fashionistas.
Personable, proficient, and an absolute pleasure to work with, Rachel Zucker reminds her customers there is something good to be found in fashion and the space it gives us to communicate with others. In this sense, she provides a sartorial platform for expression within the boundaries of tzniyus.
Nestled in Lakewood like a precious gem, Spencer and James celebrated its eagerly anticipated grand opening in September. With meticulous attention to detail, Rachel has raised the bar in shopping for children’s clothing, creating an experience that even the busiest moms and their discerning children will surely savor.
Whether you prefer to visit the charming boutique — well worth a trip from anywhere — or choose to shop from the comfort and convenience of your own home, you are assured of the premium quality and signature customer service that has already become the hallmark of Spencer and James.
Blessed with a great sense of style and a keen business acumen, Rachel is a shopper extraordinaire and a self-described “quality snob.”
“I love shopping — the thrill of finding the perfect piece, seeing the completed picture at season’s beginning,” she shares. “I’ve always had a passion for style and fashion and I was captivated by today’s trends in children’s fashion. I love the joy of watching my children’s faces light up as they get dressed in their new clothes— all shopping ordeals forgotten until the next shopping season!”
For Rachel, launching Spencer and James is the culmination of a dream brought to fruition. Born and raised in England, she has an English eye for style and her finger on the pulse of cutting-edge couture. And because she is a savvy shopper, she has always dressed her own children impeccably, without being extravagant.
“My friends were forever asking me where I shop for my kids,” she says. “And over the years I realized that I didn’t have a favorite brand or store. A brand I loved and styles I could depend on. A brand I could rely on to get my children dressed, season after season. That realization became a question. What does my ideal brand look like? The questions turned into a vision. Classic styles with the fun of childhood. A brand with quality clothing that can withstand the rough and tumble dance of little people. A brand that would turn shopping from pain to pleasure with styling guides and fashion advice and virtual appointments (because not everyone loves shopping). Classics with a twist. Kids. Style. Fun. That vision became Spencer and James.”
Rachel offers a new refreshing vision on fashion, staying ahead of the curve. Beautiful, lovingly curated, haute couture pieces and limited-edition collections, mini-me looks straight-off the runway. Rachel has redefined shopping for children’s clothing, transforming it from a veritable nightmare to a pleasant, positive, and productive mother-daughter experience.
Featuring a stellar selection sure to please a little princess, Spencer and James offers something special for everyone — including the most hard-to-please, hard-to-fit, and discerning young shopper. Delicately detailed dresses, tops, skirts, and accessories — special occasion, Shabbos/yom tov, and casual options in the season’s on-trend styles, hues, and textures.
Designed to be as practical as they are aesthetically pleasing, Rachel carefully curates each piece for maximize durability. As a mother of an adorable and active array of daughters and sons, bli ayin harah, she shares our lifestyle, concerns, and experiences in raising — and providing for — our most precious commodity.
“My clothes are very stretchy. They are constructed of soft, stretchy fabrics that look great, and are chic while being extremely comfortable and strong enough for playing.”
The objective behind Spencer and James is to provide a premiere children’s boutique overflowing with the latest fashion that reflect the modern child’s own innate style. To that end, Rachel carefully selects her clothing pieces with the desire to capture the natural charm of a child’s whimsy and innocence.
“Much as I love my daughters, clothes shopping for them was something I dreaded,” says R.B. of Lawrence. “I used to go from store to store, in search of dresses and outfits for them. No matter how great the selection of styles and sizes, it would often be a futile experience, or at best, we’d manage to find one dress for one daughter and none for my other two. We’d spend an inordinate amount of time in each store, they’d try on dress after dress, and reject them all. After devoting two Sundays to shopping for yom tov, I was ready to give up. Later that day, my sister dropped by to show me several stunning dresses she had purchased at Spencer and James, a new children’s clothing boutique in Lakewood. She raved about the service; she had bought them online, had scheduled a virtual appointment and tour with the owner, Rachel Zucker, who provided expert style and size guidance. My sister and I were also extremely impressed with Spencer and James’ generous seven-day return policy. Most impressive, however, is the quality of their merchandise and the superb service Rachel offers. Equally impressed were my daughters, who had previewed the purchase, courtesy of their cousins. Now they implored me to schedule a virtual appointment and tour for them, as well.”
She added, “Happily, Spencer and James is a perfect fit. Rachel is a consummate professional with infinite patience. Shopping at Spencer and James is like having your own personal stylist and shopper. We found the perfect dresses for yom tov, and my daughters — and I — are unabashed Spencer and James fans!”
For further information regarding Spencer and James, please visit SpencerandJames.com.
Rochelle Maruch Miller is a contributing editor for the Five Towns Jewish Times. She is a journalist, creative media consultant, lecturer, and educator, and writes for magazines, newspapers, websites, and private clients. She welcomes your comments at Rochellemiller04@aol.com.