Shop Talk – One21

One 21 opened in Mashpee Commons in the summer of 2018 with a fresh new perspective on fashion for Cape Cod (you may remember us mentioning them as the purveyor of some pretty amazing pants in Dressing Local #1) – clothing and leather goods all made in Italy by smaller fashion houses and independent designers.

Sara Toselli, owner of One21

This wasn’t the first business venture on Cape Cod for owner SaraToselli, however. After falling in love with Cape Cod while vacationing here in her childhood years and then attending culinary school, the native of Italy returned to the Cape and opened Osteria la Civetta on Falmouth’s Main Street with her husband Andrea Poggi in 2010.

Sara believes that an interest in fashion is part of the Italian DNA, and says she decided to open up One21 “to provide the Cape with an alternative to mass-produced fashion you find everywhere, with a focus on versatile pieces that can be worn every day, without being boring or plain.”

And you will not seeing anything boring or plain in her boutique this Spring/Summer season, as she says “we are seeing a lot of with super feminine pieces with sequins or embroidery, along with boxier more masculine-cut pieces, which have been popular for a bit now.”

In addition to the specialty pieces the store carries, they also carry a denim collection and a gorgeous line of leather bags by Undici Dieci. All things you will not find in many other stores

Sara is excited to be among the “many amazing independent boutiques on the Cape, most of which are owned and run by women. I think we all have something different to offer which allows us to support each other instead of competing.”

As for her customers, they are women who choose quality over quantity, and inspiring pieces of clothing over anything plain. “I often hear friends complain how they have a closet full of things, but still feel like they have nothing to wear. That is a very common tendency of accumulating things we don’t particularly love or need then feel guilty of getting rid of them. I hand pick our collections so that each piece is interesting without being extravagant, and versatile, so it can be reinvented, based on the occasion.”

One21 is located at 7 Central Square, Mashpee and online at one21mashpee.com