Popular boutique Tango opens second shop in Seaport area

Career, Fashion, Style


It Takes Two!

By Matthew Robinson

Located at the base of Beacon Hill underneath one of MGH’s towering centers of medical mastery, Tango (www.tango175.com) has been a well-situated stop for Boston’s well-heeled and those who want to get even better heels (or other items and accessories). After six successful swings through the seasons, Tango’s founder and “dance captain” Deb Tillotson decided to branch out and opened a second store on Seaport Boulevard right near the Convention Center and all of the hot new eateries in the area.

Tillotson spent years designing clothes for various leather goods and clothing companies before jumping to the other side of the sales rack at Jordan Marsh (where she helped arrange the famed Enchanted Village display each Holiday season). After opening stores and galleries in Rockport and at the Balsams Resort in Dixville Notch, NH, she came to Boston and opened the first Tango in 2005.

As Tango carries such favorites as Alex and Ani, Dale of Norway, Maui Jims, Oleana Sweaters, and Ugg and serves as the exclusive area retailer of the popular Pandora line, both stores give many savvy shoppers a reason to dance with joy. However, it is Tillotson’s experience in retail that truly makes her stores stand out.

“Most items are things that I like,” explains Tillotson, noting that most of her items have some sort of story behind them.  “They are things you hopefully won’t find in a large chain store.” In fact, as with Pandora, Tango often offers products based on their relative scarcity and specialness, including many that are made right here in the United States and some new items that just came in from Iceland. She also uses unique items to display her wares, such as a wicker casket that holds shoes, an antique craps table for accessories and jewelry that is strewn on branches collected by her dog Teevor. “The front counter in both stores is a piece of red marble from a fireplace torn out of an old brownstone in the Back Bay,” she explains. “Cambridge Street has old oak paneling…that came out of the library at Providence College.”

While this one-of-a-kind creativity and know-how that sets Tango apart, she prides herself most on her customer service. “All my sales associates get to know the customer, converse with them, help them find things, etc.,” Tillotson assures. “We even custom order things for people!”

Among the latest unique orders are hand-knit Lopi wool capes and scarves and pins made with real Icelandic lava.

“We don’t buy a total collection from anyone,” Tillotson explains.  “I have items from many companies that I put together to make a presentation.  Thus, the name Tango.”

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