Accessories store opens for the holidays in Plaza de KC


The Babe Standard is a vacation pop-up in Country Club Plaza owned by Ashley Donnell. Donnell said the store, located at 340 W. 47th Street, is known for its hats and handbags.

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Since Baby’s standard pop-up opened on Black Friday, customers flocked to the Country Club Plaza store, looking for fashion items to help them stand out this season.

The shop sells felt and wool hats, wallets, handbags, patterned guitar straps that can be used as purse handles, locally owned jewelry Annie austen and Saturday Sundaze, and more.

“We have something for every girl to suit their wants and budgets,” owner Ashley Donnell said. “They love the variety of goods and their affordability.”

Donnell graduated in fashion merchandising in 2012, then became a wholesale representative for a manufacturer of weddings and proms.

Some of the hats for sale are on display at the Babe Standard in the Country Club Plaza. Jill Toyoshiba [email protected]

In 2018, she decided to use her degree and start her own business. She was stocking up on produce at a giant wholesale market in Chicago when jewelry by female artists caught her eye.

She was a fan of the Kendra Scott jewelry chain. She decided, however, that if her online store, The Babe Standard, would also focus on accessories, she would carry items from small, female-owned businesses and offer more affordable prices.

The Babe Standard is a local store that will be in the Plaza until January. He sells handbags, felt and wool hats, jewelry and more. Jill Toyoshiba [email protected]

The Babe Standard also hosted pop-ups locally in storefronts, as well as in a trailer that she outfitted for street festivals here and in other states.

The new vacation pop-up occupies a prime location at 340 W. 47th St. until January. If sales take off, Donnell hopes to have a permanent location in the Plaza.

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Joyce Smith has covered restaurant and retail news for The Star since 1989 under the Cityscape brand. She appreciates topical advice.