When you enter Bohem, you have arrived at both a destination and an origin. At first glance, the State Street store may appear to be a straightforward, sophisticated boutique. In addition to offering unique, internationally-made artisan goods, Bohem is also the beginning of Adam and Chelsea James’ intent to create community connection. The cosmopolitan couple has created a system based on their personal values. With the opening of Bohem, they’re excited to apply their global ideas on a local scale. The brick-and-mortar business provides the space for Adam and Chelsea to showcase their original handmade designs, and also offers a retail opportunity for local artists.
Adam attributes design success to his “brilliant designer” wife, though what characterizes their design style challenges definition. “Our philosophy on design is that we buy and design what we like,” Adam says, “and inspiration can come from anywhere. We could be in the dirtiest city in India, see some graffitied wall, and get inspiration.”
The couple have created different product lines that they sell on-line, in Bohem, and that are carried by well-known retailers. Gypsya was their first brand of textiles. Nomadik is a line of leather accessories, and jewelry is sold under the Ida James name. Though selling well at industry trade shows and online, Adam and Chelsea wanted to create a retail homebase for their internationally-inspired products, as well as become community art patrons.
As their business grows, the couple maintains their primary focus, which is creating beautiful things and supporting others who create things. “We care enough about money to help grow the business, but would rather be known for doing a ton of good and helping artists.”
Bohem is located at 623 S State St. Open Mon-Sat, 10 am-6 pm