BOSTON — The Achilles Project is a retail gamble in a gentrifying South Boston neighborhood. It's also the debut of a pair of confident young entrepreneurs.
Co-owners Michael Krupp, 30, and Shaka Ramsay, 31, have invested more than $1 million of backers' money to transform 9,500 square feet in the Fort Point enclave into a loft-modern hot spot encompassing fashion and food. Instead of traditional racks, the duo created a gallery filled with movable, ceiling-suspended "pods" holding clothes. The store's restaurant-lounge, Persephone, sits in the back, offering Niman Ranch rib eye and pomegranate cocktails.
A Stella McCartney sketch of a custom dress made from protein-based silk in partnership with biotech lab Bolt Threads. The dress will be displayed at The Museum of Modern Art's upcoming design exhibition, "Items: Is Fashion Modern?"