Tay & Grace Dictates the Napa Style
The daily donning of yoga wear and workout gear is wearing thin for former fashionistas who customarily don the latest styles and trends. But after more than a year of nesting and sheltering, current looks are in question. What is one to wear now? What is ‘in’? These queries are easily answered with a visit to Downtown Napa’s Tay & Grace boutique, where proprietor Kris Ruffino and her daughter Taylor Silleman have curated a clothing collection featuring the hottest brands and up-to-the-minute items that capture the best of the Napa Valley lifestyle.
A Napa Valley native whose business ethic was honed early via work within her family’s beloved restaurant Ruffino’s, Kris opened her boutique nearly 20 years ago and has been styling both locals and visitors since. With her lifelong interest in fashion, few are better equipped to dictate the Napa look. Think chic denim, soft knits, and timeless cashmere when temperatures drop and harvest begins, flowy dresses, and effortless blouses for wine tasting and picnicking during the peak of summer. Within a warm and intimate setting, Kris and Taylor, along with their inspired crew of sales associates help customers find that perfect piece. They can help to update an entire wardrobe with items from both well-known and cult brands such as Farm Rio, Velvet, 360 Cashmere, Rails, GRLFRND Denim, Nation, Cleobella, Karina Grimaldi, n:Philanthropy, Lacausa, Rachel Pally, and Corey Lynn Calter. Accessories from both local and national designers, including Bubo Leather Handbags, Pennyroyal Designs, and Miranda Frye Jewelry, help complete a final look.
The Ruffino/Silleman mother-daughter duo work in tandem to provide the best shopping experience for their customers, including offering after-hours shopping appointments and private shopping parties. While Ruffino well knows her customer’s tastes, Silleman keeps up with the latest trends, introducing the store’s fans to new brands, designers, and fresh styles. Silleman, a trained architect, also helped design the boutique’s new First Street location.
“I love shopping at Tay & Grace,” said longtime customer Caroline Wiegardt. “Kris and Taylor’s approach to fashion is so refreshing. They offer an incredible curated collection that allows you to stand out in the crowd, whether it’s fun party dresses, chic jewelry, or gorgeous day wear. The store has an inviting aesthetic of contemporary warmth and comfort. After shopping at Tay & Grace, you’ll be seen in styles that no one else is wearing.”
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