Punk Rock Betty was at the '09 Atomic, her designs were the perfect compliment to the show and I hope she comes back for more Atomic torture this year. I visited her new fashion house after the holi-daze and was really impressed with the space. Although her inventory was just a tiny bit low (due to her sales at Atomic!! sorry had to toot that horn) she had plenty of inventory to keep shoppers happy. What was cool about the place was not only were there lots of PRB sexy dresses on hand with her amusing appliques of hearts and parts but there was shit for men to buy also. Carey Borden's line C.A.B. Fayre with her darling outfits and jewelry are also represented here.
Who is Punk Rock Betty?
Punk Rock Betty, shortened from Punk Rock Betty Crocker, was the name given to Nicole “Nikki” Mabalot by friends and family due to her punk-rock appearance and her extraordinary baking skills in the kitchen.
Nikki was born in California but moved with her family to Virginia at a very young age. An interest in fashion came when she was about 12 years old, and she has been sewing on-and-off since then. In high school Nikki shadowed a sewing and design class and at just 15 years old she created her first wearable gown.
In 2007 Punk Rock Betty-designed tote bags and purses made their way to specialty boutiques and tattoo shops up and down the east coast. Nikki used her role as a vendor at tattoo conventions to market Punk Rock Betty fashion.
After moving to Sarasota in December of 2008, Nikki enlisted her best-friend of over 20 years Amber “Ber” Brown to take Punk Rock Betty designs to a new level. With Amber’s help in making handbags and jewelry, Nikki is able to focus on her passion of creating the designs that inspired the Punk Rock Betty line.In December 2009 with the help of her supportive family Nikki opened up Rumor Has It Fashion House and Gallery in Sarasota. The store features work by Punk Rock Betty, C.A.B Fayre, Screen Killers and other local crafters and artists.
Support local artists and visit Rumor Has it Fashion House and swing out for her grand opening on January 16th, next Friday at Pastimes Pub in Gulfgate!