Industrial cool meets global chic at Tamarind, a shop where a distillation of multi-cultural influences, merging hand-prepared textiles, seductive leathers, timeless shapes, and hand-hewn luxury jewels comes together to create classic ensembles with a fashion-forward twist. Meticulously curated from global up-and-coming designers, independent American labels and, soon, the owner Andrea Kenner’s unique designs, the boutique’s offerings include an array of contemporary fashion. After shopping at Tamarind, you’ll feel as if you’ve traveled around the world and found something to wear that’s inspiring as well as practical and durable.
180 Morris St #170
MEET THE MAKER: ANDREA KENNER
The name Tamarind was inspired by…
By brainstorming with my family. We wanted to come up with a name that would encapsulate the uniqueness of what we represent in the store. Somehow Tamarind was brought up and my husband was the first to joyfully express that Tamarind was a fruit bearing tree he loved while growing up in Africa. My stepfather mentioned it was his favorite sweet flavor offering in Mexico. My mother said when she lived in Japan that she loved the cooking sauces made using Tamarind. We found the perfect parallel flavor, a flavor that was globally recognized but unique in itself. Tamarind Boutiques style and aesthetic was just that.
I knew I had a thing for fashion when…
I was four years old. I used to sit and watch our Japanese exchange students draw amazing animated characters and all I wanted to do was learn how to bring creativity to illustrations like them.
If I could dress anyone in the world, it would be…
Audrey Hepburn. She is a fashion icon and so classic.
The one article of clothing I can’t live without is…
My black Crane tunic dress. It’s the most comfortable and versatile thing I own.
My signature color is…
Poppy Red. This color can liven up any outfit with a lip color or as an accessory.
The item of clothing I never leave home without is…
A scarf or wrap.
A few of my favorite things…
Favorite Dress: Clare Vivier poppy red cross-body sac
Favorite Magazine: Domino
Favorite T-shirt: Raquel Allegra shred boyfriend tee
Favorite Jeans: My black Citizens coated leatherette jeans
Favorite West County Destination: Iron House with the Oyster Girls
If I weren’t in fashion biz I would love to…
Own a small wine bar, be a food blogger or Pilate’s instructor.